Arsenal v Man City - both to score @ 1.66 - £100
I didn't expect this one to end 2-2, nor did I expect Jack Wilshire to finish so sublimely to equalise. Luck was on my side for this as I was losing patience with Arsenal and clicked cash out literally moments before Wilshire scored. Luckily the cash out had not been accepted as the odds had moved. God bless you Betfair Exchange. My luck was in.
Fair play to Jack Wilshire scoring and getting an assist, he has had quite a lot of stick from a lot of pundits recently. Good to see a performance from him.
sunderland v Tottenham - away next goal @1.8
From one north London side to another. Quite surprisingly of all of the Premier League 3pms this was the first both to score to come in. Tottenham had 7 or 8 shots on target in the first 20 minutes. Sunderland had scored but the shots on target stats showed they were fortunate to have done so. It looked like a Tottenham next goal no brainer for me. I was fortunate with the timing of this given I was not watching the game. They scored straight after half time. Which allowed me to take advantage of a very short window of opportunity...
Chelsea v Swansea - home win @ 1.7
I looked at the Chelsea odds and couldn't believe what I was seeing. At 1-1 at half time, AT HOME, Chelsea were 1.7 to win. That's Christmas/my birthday/the day I lost my virginity all rolled up in one. Without a moments hesitation I lumped the entire betfair account on this. The way Fabregas and Costa are going on, I should have deposited my life savings and entire bank account contents on this too. Final score was 4-2 but I knew it was a wrap when Costa scored 10 minutes after half time. It will take some very key injuries to stop this side at the moment.
Liverpool v aston Villa - both to score @1.92
I was alarmed but not concerned about Liverpools lack of fluency with all of the new signings. Too much change too soon it seemed. But my thoughts were it had to get better. Balotelli Markovic and Lallana had barely had any touches in the first half. As the game went on my alarm to turned to concern, concern then became worry. Worry to disbelief, disbelief to IS THIS REALLY F*CKING HAPPENING? It ended 0-1, Liverpool failed to score at home. What I couldn't stop thinking about was the fact I could have cashed out early for £900 odd. which is 100 shy of the full profit, if the bet came in. I made the fatal error of falling in love with a bet and not letting go of it.
If you have experienced it then you know how mentally exhausting it is to grind up to a large amount and then lose all of it on a very freak occurrence. I had to leave the couch and get some air. Queue social life.
Nottingham Forest v derby - under 2.5 goals @ 1.71
Half time result was 0-0, which I didn't feel any kind of way as it reassured me my unders bet would come in, even though I would have been in clear in profit right there had I backed it. I came back to the game on 71 mins to see Assombalonga had scored, no worries. It's 71 minutes. Ten minutes later...Derby had equalised! I wanted a stress free bet. Is there such a thing? So I tune in to watch the last ten minutes. Which turned out to be the last 20 flipping minutes given there was 8 minutes injury time. Rarely do I do unders bets, as it goes against my religious beliefs of how a game of football should be played. But even rarer... Is a game having 8 minutes of injury time. It was a nervy finish to say the least, and at this was such a key moment in my weekends campaign. The bet held, no thanks to the ref.
Man utd v qpr - home next goal @ 1.44
Sevilla V Getafe - Home win @ 1.7
More Rollercoasters from the Couch next week