WE’VE HAD WORSE weekends of tipping – which may be hard to believe considering we only managed to correctly advise on one bet out of five in last week’s Five Steps to Heaven column.
It’s an improvement from last week though, so we’re gradually on the up and up.
Here are the five bets that you should have had.
1. I’ll never hear a bad word said against Aironi again. We told you that Ulster would never be able to beat them giving up 25 points in the handicap – and we were right. Ulster did win, but only 23-10.
Aironi (+25) at 10/11 was our sole winner this week.
2. We hoped that lightning might have struck twice in Bangalore on Sunday and therefore tipped Kevin O’Brien to be Ireland’s highest run-scorer in their World Cup game against India.
He wasn’t even close, managing just nine runs off 13 balls. Captain William Porterfield (7/2) topped the pile, finishing with 75 off 104 balls.
3. We knew we were taking a big risk with bet number three. Impressive as Galway have been to date, Pairc Uí Chaoimh is always a difficult place to go to and win.
We were disappointed, but not massively surprised, when Cork recorded a 1-20 to 1-17 victory on Sunday. Denis Walsh’s men were available at pre-match odds of 4/6.
4. If only successful tipping didn’t depend on the minor details.
On Friday, we assured you that Liverpool would beat Man United by two goals (they did0. We were also pretty confident that Fortress Anfield would once again prove to be impenetrable (it very nearly was).
Sadly, Dirk Kuyt’s third sunk our prediction of a 2-0 win for Liverpool. If we’d really known what was going to happen in advance, we would have backed a 3-1 win for Liverpool at odds of 22/1.
5. When we scanned the Honda Classic field on Friday, world number two Lee Westwood seemed like the most likely option to give us some bang for our buck.
What we didn’t count on was South African Rory Sabbatini shooting a record-equalling round of 64 on the second day of play. Sabbatini’s momentum carried him all the way through to Sunday where he held on for a single-stroke victory over Korean Y.E. Yang.
We could have had him at 12/1 on Friday afternoon.