Diary of a Punter: Looking to the Football League for more profit

After an up and down weekend, Jim Knight is pondering what to do with his profits from week one. He's got three tips in mind from The Championship, League One and League Two
Well, the first week of tips wasn't too painful was it? Well, it could have been better had Chelsea not started like Usain Bolt and blown Wigan out of the water before Victor Moses had a chance to tie a double bow in his multi-coloured boots.

Despite a poor Sunday, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa ensured a place in my heart and filled a void in my wallet as they secured three points for Newcastle on Saturday against Spurs.

There was a nice little drift on the Newcastle price and I saw them as large as 9/5 (2.80) before kick off, but we banked a solid profit by backing them at 6/4 (2.50) and that means a positive balance of five whole English pounds. I'll try not to spend it all at once.

Don't forget we've got a £20 free bet to give away each week thanks to Paddy Power.

To win just email your best tip for the weekend with the word "Paddy20" in the subject line to betting@goal.com. Be it a well-priced single, an ambitious multiple or any other bet available in Paddy Power's football markets for games taking place on Saturday and Sunday (25th and 26th August).

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!

This week I'll be looking a few singles from across the Football League. Most teams outside the Premier League have now played twice and although stakes should still be kept on the cautious side, teams are starting to show what we can expect from them.

Middlesbrough to beat Crystal Palace at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power

After losing 1-0 on the opening day to Barnsley, Tony Mowbray probably wasn't in the best of moods but a last gasp goal from 19-year-old Luke Williams ensured three points against a spirited Burnley side on Tuesday and that'll give them a lift.

Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran has been added to what is already a decent squad and Mowbray's men are shaping up fine for the rest of the campaign.

Crystal Palace on the other hand crumbled late on opening day to lose 3-2 at home to Watford then ventured to Bristol City where they were handed another defeat by Derek McInnes' side 4-1. Ouch.

The Eagles lost Sean Scannell, Darren Ambrose and Nathaniel Clyne this summer and there were doubts over the quality left in the squad to replace them, it must be said the early signs aren't good. I don't think they'll be in the best of shapes for a long trip to the Riverside and the 4/5 (1.80) available on a home win looks solid enough. £10 on that one for me.

Yeovil DNB (v Scunthorpe United) at 6/4 (2.50) with Paddy Power

Yeovil caught my eye after their pre-season draw with a strong Stoke City side and they have carried some momentum into their competitive matches.

A 3-0 win over Colchester in the League Cup was followed up by four points in two games in the league. The second of those was a 3-1 win at Brentford on Tuesday and Griffin Park is not an easy place to go and get a result, so Gary Johnson should be rightly proud of his squad.

Scunthorpe beat Championship Derby on penalties in a thoroughly mental game that finished 5-5 after extra-time in the League Cup but the Iron haven't shown much metal in the league campaign.

Losses to newly promoted sides Crawley and Crewe mean they're stuck at the bottom of the table. I don't think they'll stay there by any means, but this is another tough game.

I'm siding with the Glovers this weekend at Glanford Park although I'm not confident enough to take the 12/5 (3.40) on an away win. The "Draw No Bet" market with Paddy Power returns your stake if the game finishes level but offers 6/4 (2.50) with if Yeovil do the business, another tenner goes on the Glovers.

Cheltenham DNB (v Aldershot) at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power

It's too early to be counting any ante-post chickens but the 11/2 (6.50) poke on Cheltenham to go up from League Two this season has begun well. A win at Dagenham and a hard fought draw against a good Torquay side gives Mark Yates a platform to build on for the trip to Aldershot on Saturday.

He's got a young squad, which isn't the biggest by any means but Cheltenham showed last season they're more than capable of mixing it with the big boys in this division.  

The 'Shots won at Plymouth on the opening day but slipped to defeat against Exeter midweek and at 5/4 (2.25) on the "Draw No Bet" market, Cheltenham look a solid bet to claim another victory with the safety net of stakes refunded on the draw.

I've been impressed with Yates' summer signings and they've hit the ground running, Chris Zebroski and Shaun Harrad have three goals between them already and I'm hoping the new boys can continue their good run on Saturday, another £10 takes the the total staked to £30 for this week.

These prices aren't going to have me retiring any time soon but while the dust settles on the hectic start of the season it's prudent to keep stakes sensible and not risking your long term profitability until you have a better read on the teams.

Diary of a Punter: Jim's Selections this week
Balance at the start of the week: £505
Profit for the season: £5
Middlesbrough to win: £10 at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power
Yeovil "Draw No Bet": £10 at 6/4 with Paddy Power
Cheltenham "Draw No Bet": £10 at 5/4 (2.25) with Paddy Power
Total staked this week: £30

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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