Well that was an exciting finish to the Premier league season, wasn't it? If Kieran Gibbs hadn't thrown himself heroically in the way of whichever West Brom player it was who was about to equalise in the last minute, well, I shudder to think. People tell me there were equally as exciting things happening at other grounds but I'm not sure what they're on about to be honest and struggle to believe that it could be so.
A weekend round-up then...
Northern Monkey had three selections on Saturday, none of which ran well enough to provide a return. On The Nose's recent travails continue, dropping another 2.5 points from five selections. Dean sounds like he's really struggling at the moment, not enjoying the breaks and enduring the sort of spell that all successful tipsters have to put up with before coming good again. Come good again he will though, of that there is no doubt. Stick another half a furlong onto the race that Tony Star (Haydock) ran in on Saturday, and On The Nose followers would quite possibly have been celebrating a 16/1 winner. Fast finishing, Tony Star was to grab second for the place money.
The Market Examiner did find two winners to continue their recent run of fine form.
Northern Monkey: Staked 2.75pts, -2.75pts.
On The Nose: Staked 6pts, -3.5pts.
The Market Examiner: Staked 6pts, +7.5pts.
A very quiet weekend on the football front, but thanks to Football Elite's perfect antepost selections, a very profitable one.
Robin van Persie's Golden Boot (10/1) and Wayne Rooney finishing placed in the same market (9/1) meant a 3.44pt profit, to add to the 3.5pt profit secured on Blackburn's relegation (7/2). Top, top tipping and thoroughly deserved for Matt who has endured a difficult season at times to come out smiling at the end of it all with an roi of just shy of 15%. A c.15% roi is outstanding for any football tipster, so a genuine "Well Done" to him.
The Sportsman too had an antepost bet settled last night. Manchester United may not have won the title but they finished ahead of Chelsea which was what this bet was all about. Of course, we knew this to be the case weeks ago, but it would seem the bet settlers at Corals did not. The money went in this morning.
Scott's sole bet over the weekend was unfortunately a loser, but The Sportsman is another sports service to have had a fine season.
Summer of Football had just one bet this weekend, and a winner (Molde) it was too.
Finally, a rather good weekend for Football Investor Strike Zone. The home bets came up with Everton (hurrah!), and the aways with Kilmarnock and Dundee United, winners both. These were backed using the Asian Handicap markets so odds were shorter than for the straight win.
Football Elite: Staked 2pts, +6.94pts.
The Sportsman: Staked 3pts, +0.333pts.
Summer Of Football: Staked 1pt, +0.91pts.
Strike Zone (h): Staked 1pt, +1.3pts.
Strike Zone (a): Staked 2pts, +2.14pts.
So there we have it.
Tomorrow I want to talk about The Football Analyst, as there are things afoot over at TFA Towers. Exciting things at that.
I also want to write later this week on some of the other footie services and how I see next season starting out as far as the portfolio is concerned.
At some point in the not too distant, I also want to discuss the answer posted in the comments section on Friday about data samples. It was an interesting comment left by someone who went to gambling full time back in January 2011.
So, lots to look forward to, eh?
Now, what to think of the Champions League final on Saturday? As a Gooner, it raises quite a dilemma...