Who predicted Leicester City would win the Premier League? Not me.
However, there were several ante-post winning football tips offered by me to members of VG Tips for last season.
It all began back on August 5th when I took out my crystal ball and looked forward to the 2015/16 football season. Predicting what will happen in the months ahead is a tough task but, each year, I take on the challenge.
Last August I tipped the following ultimately successful long range football tips.
Aston Villa to be relegated. We knew that one would pay off before Santa had set off from Lapland!
Looking back, you would have thought the odds might have been bigger than 3/1. But a win is a win and I was confident Villa were destined to go down. And so it proved.
I tipped Middlesbrough to be promoted from the Championship to the Premier League at odds of 2/1. Boro will play their football next season in the top flight.
My pre-season lay bet of the season was for Brentford to NOT be promoted at a very tasty price of 9/2. Although my late father was a Bees fan, and some living members of my family are also Brentford supporters, I was pleased that bet paid off.
Pre-season I had a bet on Bradford City to make the play offs in League 1 at odds of 3/1. Some members of VG TIPS also got on – and not all of them support the Bantams!
Then, on January 15th 2016, I offered my members my mid season tips for promotion and relegation.
They included Northampton to go up as League 2 champions at odds of 7/2. Having in mind that Northampton won the league by a whopping 13 points, I have to say that 7/2 was probably the best value ante-post football bet of the season.
I also tipped Newcastle to go down and Sunderland to stay up, which is how things turned out in the North East.
I am proud that I tipped Burnley to be promoted at odds of 10/3.
Not least because when I offered that tip on January 15th, Burnley sat in fourth place and were ten points off the top of the table.
In League 1 I tipped Wigan to go up at odds of 11/8. Wigan will be in the Championship next season after going up as Champions.
Were there failures? Of course there were. Who do you think I am? Superman! I tipped Leicester to go down. I was far from alone in making that mistake.
I had some near misses. In January I tipped West Ham to finish in the top six. That was quite an ambitious suggestion back then. Until the death throes of the season, The Hammers sat in sixth place, only to be nudged down into 7th at the end of the season. They missed out by one solitary point and I lost out on a 7/2 bet. Just.
Derby County got as far as the play off semi-final, but lost to Hull City and so my bet on the Rams to go up by any means at odds of 15/8 did not pay off.
You can’t win them all. But I’m very happy with my pre-season and mid-season winning football bets. And so are members who took my advice about those tips.
Next up is Euro 2016. My pre-tournament tips will be with members on Thursday June 9th.
And I will be offering tips during the month long championships in France.
Thereafter, in August, I shall be taking out my crystal ball once again prior to the new domestic football season in England.