Last week, as my fellow Predictorship players may already be aware, I decided to hurl myself headlong into the exciting world of online gambling in an attempt to turn my Premiership knowledge into hard cash. Despite having very little betting experience (Iâ€™ve, in fact, only ever won one bet ever which was placed on a greyhound called Brendaâ€™s something-or-other) I decided that my meteoric rise into nose-bleed territory in the Predictorship would guarantee me sure-fire success.
My initial plan was to place twenty Â£1 bets: one for each of the predicted results, one for each of the predicted scores thereby only committing myself to a potential liability of Â£20. So, with this in mind, I set up about scouring the form statistics on www.football365.com and came up with a bunch of plausible scores – scores that I was willing to stake 20 quid on. Unfortunately, after setting up an account with www.betfair.com I discovered that the minimum stake was Â£2. After about 30 seconds umming and ahhing I decided that Iâ€™d go ahead with my original plan but with twenty Â£2 bets â€“ Iâ€™d gone on about it all so much to Dave Roberts and any other Predictorship players around the office whoâ€™d listen after all. So Â£40 it was. Except that, in my excitement, I accidentally bet on one score twice (more on that later) and I ended up staking Â£42.
I had every intention of listening to all the matches I could live on BBC Radio 5 Live, I thought this would add even more excitement to proceedings. Unfortunately, due to a slightly excessive Friday night on the town, I ended up dozing off through most of Saturdayâ€™s matches. When I finally awoke I discovered that Iâ€™d already predicted two corrects scores. And it gets better still â€“ that errant double bet was on Everton 2 â€“ 0 Sheffield United â€“ which was indeed the final score. Which meant I was in profit already â€“ just as well, I lost out on the 5.15pm kick off as Fulham earned an away point at Villa Park (Iâ€™d predicted a 2-1 home win).
Sunday started well, I watched Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-0, as Iâ€™d predicted â€“ the only downside to this was that I watched it with two of my friends who are Liverpool fans â€“ they werenâ€™t quite so pleased with the result. The rest of the day was quiet, I landed two more correct results but no more correct scores. Net result: Â£42 staked, Â£86 return giving a profit of Â£44. Not bad for a first timer.
Next week Iâ€™m going to reduce my stake to Â£20 by only placing bets on the correct scores â€“ the odds on the correct results simply arenâ€™t worth it. Although I may allow myself Â£3 on whatever turns up to be the highest odds score Iâ€™ve predicted just for added excitement.