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JD examines why bettors must maintain a good temperament in order to win in the the long term and explains two of his Premier League bets for this weekend

We have a great couple of months ahead in football which will provide some excellent opportunities in the market place.

We have the last 16 in the Champions League in February and decisive matches in the top leagues in Europe as the main football season approaches reaches its final phase.  

Importance of a sound temperament

I am sometimes asked by people what the important attributes to have are in the football betting world. One of them certainly is having a cool temperament.

There is a saying  that "it's not what happens to you in life that is important or defines you, it is your attitude and how you deal with it". The same can be said of football betting.

Even when you are on a winning streak it is vital you keep your temperament in check and not react emotionally. Some people get over confident and end up taking positions that they normally wouldn't take, either out of boredom or in terms of overtaking positions and abandoning the basic principles of bankroll management.

On a losing run, some people can panic and become inhibited or completely change approach, giving up on their initial approach before it has had chance to come to fruition. Temperament is key and having calm and logical thought patterns will enhance your chances of long term success.

This weekend's tips

Looking ahead to the weekend, I am going to focus on the Premier League. West Ham look an attractive price at home to an inconsistent Swansea. West Ham have had some injury troubles over the last couple of months but most of their troops have returned.

They secured a great draw in midweek at Stamford Bridge and can obtain another favourable result this weekend. They can be backed at evens (2.0) on the draw no bet market at Upton Park.

On Monday night we have a titanic battle between title hopefuls Manchester City and Chelsea. Manuel Pellegrini's team have been simply wonderful of late and their home form is imperious.

They have displayed remarkable fluency and potency and even against a strong Chelsea outfit they look a good betting prospect. They can be backed at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power to record a home win and bring them another step closer to the title.

JD's
WEEKEND
TIPS
SELECTION ONE
SELECTION TWO
West Ham (Draw no Bet) at Evens (2.0) with Paddy Power Manchester City to win at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power

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