It has been a good start to 2011 with in-play betting, mainly in the Premier League, and this evening in the FA Cup.
Manchester City were my best in-play bet at the weekend after the fell behind early at home to Wolves in the Premier League. I took them at an advanced price of 13/8 half hour into the game at 0-1. They were 2/7 pre-game; a price not worth taking.
Once Kolo Toure equalised shortly before half time, I had more faith in Manchester City, who have previously dropped points against lower half teams. Since Christmas, Manchester City have taken the points they have been expected too, and even an additional one by sealing a goalless draw at the Emirates.
Wolves ended Manchester City’s 3 game clean sheet in the Premier League over the weekend, but couldn’t take any points from them. Carlos Tevez scored twice either side of Yaya Toure’s effort. Wolves turned a three-goal deficit into 4-3 and pushed for an equaliser late on. Fortunately, I won my bet as City held on, temporarily taking them top of the Premier League for the first time in history after Christmas.
Manchester City delivered again this evening, having packed them at 1/2 after Leicester City equalised from the penalty spot in their FA third round replay at Eastlands. Patrick Vieira and Adam Johnson scored in quick succession in the first half to give City a 3-1 lead. Playing a strong squad that included Joe Hart, James Milner, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez gave me great faith facing a Leicester City side who have been poor away from home in the Championship this season, including a 1-1 draw at bottom of the table Preston North End this weekend just gone.
Another bet I had full faith in placing over the weekend was laying Portsmouth when they lead 1-0 at the City Ground over Nottingham Forest at the weekend. The backers on Betfair were generous in giving me close to evens! Nottingham Forest are also a very generous 8/5 to win at Pride Park this weekend with Derby County on poor form and generally playing very badly of late.