Swansea v Newcastle - Home win £1000 @2.02
1-1? Cisse. For fuck sake, looking at the line ups, he is the only danger Newcastle possess nowadays. Half time I take a shower and have a think about things, I chose to remain calm and carry on watching the stream.
5 minutes into the second half, Wayne Routledge makes it 2-1. Excellent, but at this stage given the emotions I have been through in the past few weeks, I respond a lot calmer to good news, gone are the days of jumping and down. Well I still jump up and down but not for this. Why did I not jump up? My subconscious was telling me something. I knew I was in till 90 minutes as I couldn’t see Swansea breaking through with 2 or 3 more goals.
What happened next was magical.
It stayed 2-2 and that would have been £1000 never to be seen again rather than a handsome profit of £500 win lose or draw. If I had dodged bullets midweek I had a teleported away from a fucking homing missile this time round. Literally the difference between having £0 and £1500, felt like three minutes.
The risk of staying in outweighed the return.
man utd v everton - both to score £1000 @1.78
Baines was playing poorly but after his penalty miss, he stepped up. Given a freekick just outside the centre circle in Utds half, this was clearly constructed on the training pitch, and perfected beautifully in the Theatre of Dreams. Baines passed the ball into a team mate, who then lays it back to him, after a few touches and time on the ball, generously allowed by the Utd players it must be said, Baines then plays an absolute pearler of a cross into Utds box. Utd struggle to handle any cross nowadays but a worldie like this they had no chance. Naysmith storms in round the back of the Utd line, no one tracking his run! BANG! Heads it where? Top fucking corner. 1-1! Poetry in motion.
west Ham v QPR - Home win - £1000 @1.88
I missed Chelsea v Arsenal, I was going to place Chelsea to win at 1.9 for £1000, but the first 20 minutes bored the life out of me and didn’t want to risk being in the markets for a game that was so tedius. It is torture for 90 minutes and you cant change the channel you have to watch it because you have money in it. The game wasn't that bad in the end. I knew Arsenal had no chance of winning. Chelsea seem to have a psychological advantage over Arsenal, but Arsenal simply don't have what it takes to defeat Chelsea at their ground for various reasons. I missed out on a hattrick of winning bets but was very happy with the brace. The timing of this was brilliant given a two week international break loomed.
Man City v Tottenham - Aguero to score - £150 @ 1.94
In hindsight I really should have staked more on this. It’s so easy to say that when bets come in. But the reality was, the value for Aguero to score against a Tottenham defence that enjoy conceding to big teams was plain to see. The pundits had called this one a mismatch, Aguero vs Younes Kaboul, and Fazio. I really should have put much more on it. Aguero scored 20 minutes in. I went into the 3pms unsatisfied, searching for more profit.
What was worse is Aguero scored 4 goals, which made me feel as though I had missed out. I had been mulling Aguero first goal scorer but wasn't hesitated on how much I should stake given it is an extremely high risk bet. Aguero is the one player you want to back for first goal scorer, but none the less it is a bet for the brave.
I had my eye on Arsenal v Hull because Hull are the kings of both to score right now but I didn’t do it. I instead went searching for where the goals were and found it in the Huddersfield Blackpool game.
Huddersfield v Blackpool - Over 4.5 goals - £430 @ 1.64
The winning run couldn’t go on forever unfortunately. And it ended with the next bet.
Deportivo v Valencia - Away win - £630 @1.9
Psychologically speaking, it was not much of a challenge to recover and get back into the right frame of mind. Winning big and losing small is the mantra. I would recover in the Man Utd West Brom game.
west Brom v Man Utd - over 2.5 goals - £1000 @1.88
cSKA Moscow v man City - Away win - £250 @ 1.8
The night before I had a very telling dream. Long story short I was in a house with a very dangerous woman trying to kill me. I managed to outwit this woman and leave her house, she followed me out the house, and had set up various traps outside of her house. I managed to get away from her but even after defeating her and leaving her house. The dangers were still apparent from the traps she had set. The woman represented betting, and the traps when leaving the house represented the fact I can still lose all of my money even after having made the right decisions. The dream was a warning not to get complacent at any time whilst in play.
What did I do whilst City were 2-0 up? I went and did my flipping laundry. I came back to the TV and the score line was 2-1. Now I am paying attention. In truth what I was watching was shocking from Man City, they couldn't keep possession, all they had to do was play simple passes and run the clock down. Experienced players like Zabaleta were playing cross field Hollywood passes and losing the ball. It was truly ridiculous I mean surely these players know better. They were playing like complete wankers in Europe.
Inevitably Kolarov gives away a penalty in the 86th minute. Moscow make it 2-2. I lose £250 which not long ago looked a certain win. Man City are all but out of the Champions League now. And I could have cashed out in the second half and taken the whole profit minus £30. Rage. I couldn't stop thinking about the dream.
Was I mad that Kolarov gave a way a penalty he didn’t need to give, no. Was I mad that the ref gave a penalty that was extremely soft, no. These things happen. I had only myself to blame for complacency. Which was really and truly vexing. But you cannot beat yourself up too much. The only positives were I hadn’t bet big. And could make this up in the 7.45 kick offs. But I was angry.
The 7.45 kick offs came and Roma v Munich was the game I had my eyes on. However I was nowhere near in the right frame of mind as I was still vexed from earlier. I wanted to back both to score, I didn’t, and was glad I didn't. Even though it came in, I would have been pissed off seeing 5 Munich goals go in before the goal I needed came. And even worse I probably would have lost patience and cashed out before Roma scored. Which would have really sent me into a rage.
So many goals were flying in I couldn’t keep up and thought stuff this I am going to leave it till tomorrow. It was the highest scoring Champions League game day and I was a loser.
Anyways still in profit for the week from the big win in the Utd game. My mentality was move on. Next up Liverpool v Real Madrid!