I must admit I had a wee chuckle when I read on a forum recently, a post bemoaning an inability to make any profits with football betting. The post was followed by another, claiming that it is horses where the money is to be made...after all, double priced winners on football just don't happen. The conclusion was that the bookies have the footie markets sewn up.
I then read a post on another forum, written not long after the final whistle had been sounded on this Saturday afternoon's fixtures...
"7-22: normally no more than 5 minutes a week to place bets, check results and count winnings"
The 7/22 referred to is System 7/22 of The Football Analyst's portfolio, the system followed in fact, by my good self (although this wasn't my comment made on the forum). There had been two selections this week (Colchester and Aldershot) and two winners.
My figures following System 7/22 this season now read:
Points Staked: 68
(*Please note I stake two points on the home selections, one on away)
Now I understand that it might be a bit much to ask for such a rarified level of ROI to be maintained ad infinitum, but looking at the system's overall performance figures for last season too (Bets: 131, Profit +32.6pts, ROI 24.9% - to level stakes), we can see that we now have a season and two thirds of proofed excellence.
Throw in Skeeve's consistency in attaining a 14% roi over goodness knows how long (six seasons, actually), and The Sportsman's 15% roi just from his football bets since August 2009, I think you can safely say that we don't need winners at 10/1+ to make decent money from the beautiful game (and after watching Robin Van Persie on Saturday, it really is beautiful, isn't it?). Sure, Football Investor and Football Elite have had a tricky time of it this season but have a long term track record of success, and there are others out there making the football betting game pay.
As far as the 'orses were concerned yesterday, a nice winner for The Market Examiner (Handy Andy - Newbury - 8/1, SP 6/1) was the only success. No joy for 4PA or Northern Monkey, the only other two services in action.
I've already mentioned The Football Analyst's returns for the weekend. Skeeve dropped a few points on what was a frustrating day for the non-league whizz, and Football Elite's sole bet of the weekend lost too. Strike Zone (homes) found one from two but at the odds made a small loss on the day. Heh! - perhaps betting on footie is a mug's game after all!
4PA: Staked 2.5pts, -2.5pts.
Northern Monkey: Staked 1pt, -1pt.
The Football Analyst System 7/22: Staked 4pts, +4.25pts.
Strike Zone (homes): Staked 2pts, -0.636pts.
Skeeve: Staked 17pts, -4.48pts.
Football Elite: Staked 1pt, -1pt.
Month to Date
Northern Monkey: Staked 3pts, -2.55pts, roi -85%
4PA: Staked 2.5pts, -2.5pts, roi -100%
Chasemaster: Staked 0.25pts, +0.05pts, roi 20%
WRT: Staked 1.8pts, -1.08pts, roi -60.25%
The Sportsman Racing: Staked 0.5pts, +0.307pts, roi 61.52%
On The Nose:
The Market Examiner: Staked 3.5pts, +5.5pts, roi 157.14%
TFA 7/22: Staked 4pts, +4.25pts, roi 106.25%
Skeeve: Staked 17pts, -4.48pts, roi -26.35%
Football Elite: Staked 1pt, -1pt, roi -100%
On The Oche: Staked 1pts, -1pts, roi -100%
Strike Zone (h): Staked 2pts, -0.636pts, -31.8%
I'm going to leave today's results to tomorrow's post, simply because I have a footie bet running this evening and I'll have likely gone to bed before it finishes. Need to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for work in the morning, eh?