So I took a few days off football betting and, as I previewed last week, launched myself into world of professional wrestling betting. SummerSlam 2018. Yeah, it’s pre-determined but if it’s available on the bookies, it’s available to us.
Unfortunately we couldn’t maximise our profits here by sticking my four selected bets into one accumulator, so here they all are as singles:
Brock Lesnar has appeared on WWE programming once or twice since April, about as much as he has for UFC as of late. He’s the company’s top champion and since he’s broken CM Punk’s recent record at the top as champ, with the WWE looking to expunge him from memory, Lesnar should be dropping the title to Roman Reigns who has been the heir apparent for quite some time now.
Second match doesn’t stray too far away from the UFC, either. Ronda Rousey is in her second PPV match, after her win at WrestleMania over Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. This time she’s fighting for the Women’s title and obviously has a wide range of submission holds so expect her to win the title with that armbar.
I was surprised to see WWE’s top guy and WWE Champion – AJ Styles – as the second favourite in the title match with Samoa Joe, so for value for money alone, he’s my third pick. My fourth and final pick for this week is Daniel Bryan to defeat The Miz.
As is the case: you win some, you lose some. A record of 50% here, with AJ Styles retaining the title but losing via disqualification: an annoying climax but Roman Reigns won and Ronda’s match ended in submission.
In essence, we turned £4 into £2.44, a loss of £1.56. Adding to this was a score prediction I had on the Accrington v Charlton game (as shown in our away days episode now available), that adds another £1 onto our losses this week.
Preview (Aug. 22 – 28)
Dutch Jupiler League
Now that our opening day rule is out of the window, we can concentrate on the big leagues: the Dutch second division. Goals are rife here, highlighted by four of the nine opening night matches last Friday being a result of both teams scoring with a winner. This is our market. Pick the teams as you would in a normal 90 minute market, there’s a surplus of goals in the league.
It’s early days here, so I tend to look at the big reserve teams in the division: Jongs AZ Alkmaar, PSV and Ajax. Of course, FC Twente have fallen into the Jupiler League as well and are favourites to go straight back up. Roda JC are a staple in the Eredivisie and will be there or thereabouts, and beat Jong Ajax 2-1 on the opening day. FC Den Bosch as well as Jong PSV, Roda and Twente got wins with both teams having scored.