It offers me and members of VG TIPS more opportunities to bash the bookie. Last season was another profitable one on the football. My aim is to make this season even more profitable. How will I do that?
By being even more selective with the football tips. Fewer tips some weeks. But more targeted ones. A policy that worked well for the last part of last season and for the early stages of the World Cup. A policy I will also be employing with the racing selections in the coming months.
Members will continue to receive single win tips on football matches. On first or anytime goalscorers, on both teams to score and, of course, they will continue to receive my accumulator bets. A few of those paid off handsomely last season. A pity an injury time goal at Fulham cost us one big final accumulator return on the last day of the season.
My aim this football season is to make even more money from the bookie.
I will do this by personally placing bigger stakes on a fewer number of bets. I will, of course, still have a tenner on some magnificent 7 accumulators throughout the course of the campaign. But many more of my accumulators will be more realistic, less ambitious.
Perhaps a treble. Or what I call my ‘right handful’ acca predicting the outcome of five games. As footballers would say, I will take each game as it comes and adjust the suggested tips in line with my confidence level and the likelihood of success.
There are only three possible outcomes in a football match. That makes getting a single bet to pay out a much more likely outcome than picking the winner of a 24 horse handicap at Doncaster!
In my experience, the early part of the season can be a profitable one. We all know that we must watch more teams early in this coming season. So many have signed new players, often from overseas, and we simply cannot know how they will handle the Premier League.
Will Diego Costa (pictured above) set the league alight in the blue shirt of Chelsea? Will opposing defenders find him to be a right handful? Time will tell.
How will Manchester United perform under new manager Louis Van Gaal? Will the Red Devils be a side to fear once more?
How will the clubs relegated out of the Premier League cope with life in the Championship? And what about sides like Wigan and Leyton Orient, each of which came close to being promoted last season from their respective divisions. Will they go up come May 2015 or will they suffer one of those just missed out hangovers?
Will the goals of convicted rapist Ched Evans help Sheffield United to promotion out of League 1? Once he is fully released from prison that is. How will Brentford cope with life in the Championship?
My latest newsletter, soon available to all, includes some of my season predictions, suggested bets and the odds currently available. Some are very ambitious.
But that is not all. At the end of this week there will be other tips on offer to VG TIPS. Further predictions for which teams will go up or down.
Via e-mail and their own enclosure on this website, members will this Friday receive my tips for the first set of games this weekend in the Championship and Leagues 1 & 2.
Soon after comes the kick off in the Premier League. I’ll be watching football more avidly this season, not as a fan, but as a punter. I want to win more bets this season than last and, as someone once rightly said, knowledge is power.
History teaches me that every football season has its ups and downs for punters. Periods of weeks in which we seemingly cannot lose, followed by a month or two of results that surprise everyone and make a mockery of the bookies odds.
Later in the season things tend to settle down again and matches become more predictable. Although you always have to watch out for a club facing relegation fighting for their lives and, against all odds, beating top class opponents to secure survival.
At VG TIPS last season we had some splendid wins, made some tidy profit and suffered – as is the norm – some gut wrenching near misses.
It is all part of the rich tapestry of life as a profitable punter.
If you want to receive my football tips all season long – at weekends and for midweek games – come join VG TIPS for just £10.
I tip in leagues I know best, England and Spain. And I tip for league and cup games, including the Champions League (though not the Europa League).
Having tipped Germany to win the World Cup of 2014 as long ago as February of 2013, I have something to live up to this season. It will be a challenge.
I say, bring it on!