Simon's pleased with how last week went and is already eyeing up an ambitious treble - plus he's backing Michael Laudrup's Swansea City side to beat West Ham on SaturdayWell, week one of the new domestic season was a bit of an odd one, wasn't it? A great one but an odd one – Manchester United losing, Livepool getting thumped by the Baggies, Swansea City and Fulham both netting five goals and an amazing game at the Etihad Stadium, where new boys Southampton gave Manchester City an almighty scare.
From a betting perspective it was a good one, too, as, despite the relatively minimal profit, at the end of the day, with no form on which to go and no real trends on which to base an opinion, a small profit has to be seen as a success. Whilst Fabio Borini failed to find the net for Liverpool, Southampton did the business against City and the both to score bet came in, proving a lot of naysayers wrong along the way.
|"Southampton did the business against City and the both to score bet came in, proving a lot of naysayers wrong along the way"
- Simon on Southampton's valiant effort
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As we are still at the start of the season and it's still incredibly tough to accurately predict games, I'm going to keep things relatively conservative again but believe that there is value out there to get involved with.
Swansea to beat West Ham: £25 at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
My first bet comes in the first Premier League game of the day, where Swansea City take on West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.
Both sides recorded wins in their first matches, with the Swans demolishing QPR away from home whilst the Hammers got a 1-0 victory at home to a relatively poor-looking Aston Villa side.
From Swansea's perspective, you can argue that QPR were poor and disorganised and, well, yes, they were - but you can't take anything away from the Swans. The fact is that they played excellent counterattacking and passing football, continuing the fluidity of last season.
Michael Laudrup has got his team well-organised and looking to play with the ball on the floor and at a rapid pace – he has the players to do it as well and has added to the squad well, with Michu netting two goals last week. At 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power at home to a newly promoted and not particularly mobile side in West Ham, I will be getting £25 of my bankroll on this.
Football League Treble: Blackpool, Burnley, Notts County all to win at 9/1 (10.0) with Paddy Power
I'm moving down the divisions for my second and final bet of the weekend and I'm going to change things up a little with a cheeky treble across the Championship and League One. The treble pays out at around 9/1 (10.0) with Paddy Power at time of writing and involves Blackpool and Burnley from the Championship and Notts County from League One.
Blackpool are the only side in the Championship left with a perfect record, having two wins from two under their belt.
Ian Holloway's side narrowly missed out on promotion last year and he'll have them fired up to do it this time around. Ipswich have amassed four points so far, scraping a 1-0 result late against Watford on Tuesday. The home advantage for Blackpool is enough for me to get them in the bet at 10/11 (1.91).
Burnley, away to Huddersfield, have been decent so far this season under the guidance of Eddie Howe, however, they have won one and lost one so far – narrowly going down to Middlesborough yet beating local rivals Bolton convincingly on the opening day.
Huddersfield have only taken one point from six, losing out to Cardiff and grinding out a result against Forest. For me, the attacking, passing style that Howe adopts will be slightly too much for Huddersfield and Burnley will come out on top at 19/10 (2.90).
Notts County have won both their games so far in League One whilst their opponents, Walsall, have only taken one point to date and always seem to find themselves fighting to be safe come the end of the season. County won 13 games at home last season whilst Walsall only recorded three victories on the road and I think that the home side will be too strong here at 8/13 (1.62).
There you have it; three teams paying out a combined 9/1 (10.0) at Paddy Power and I’m putting £5 of the bankroll on this treble, meaning that a total of £30 will be punted this weekend.
Good luck if you are getting involved in the markets this weekend and of course, don't forget we've got a £20 free bet to give away each week thanks to Paddy Power.
To win just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your best tip for the weekend with the word "Paddy20" in the subject line.
Be it a well-priced single, an ambitious multiple or any other bet available in all of Paddy Power's football markets for games taking place from August 25 to 26. Just send in your selection, the price available at Paddy Power, and include "Paddy20" in the subject line before midday on Saturday to enter. Good luck!
Balance at the start of the week: £502
Profit on the season: £2
|Swansea to win: £25 at 11/10 with Paddy Power
|Treble of wins for Burnley, Blackpool and Notts County: £5 @ 9/1 with Paddy Power
|Total staked this week: £30|
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Simon Pilkington is a sports writer, an avid supporter of Liverpool FC and has been betting on sports for the past 13 years. Follow Simon on
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