David Ferrer to beat Tomas Berdych
We will start the challenge with just £10 and will attempt - with a combination of skill, expertise and blind luck - to get as close to the magic £1000 mark as we can.
Each day we will publish an update on the running total and state what our bets will be for that day and the stake.
The challenge will involve a variety of different bets on all sports and all markets with different stakes and risks attached.
THE BANKER – an odds on shot that shouldn’t let us down
DOUBLE YOUR MONEY – an even money shot
THE LUCKY PUNT – based on nothing else than a lucky number or name
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE – YOUR suggestions on what you think we should be backing
THE GAME CHANGER – small stake, big return.
All OR NOTHING – desperate times will mean desperate measures.
England to win to nil £5 – LOST
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Croatia, England, Northern Ireland all to win £1 – WIN £5.50
Running Total: £9.50
Real Madrid/Hull win double £4 – LOST
Sweetest Taboo £1 – LOST
Sergio Ramos FGS £1 – WIN £34
Running Total: £37.50
Italy/Spain/Turkey/Germany/ Portugal all to win £12.50 - LOST
Scott Hend win the PGA Championship £5 - LOST
Running Total £20
After yesterday’s results, work on our Sergio Ramos statue has had to be put on hold due to lack of funds (plus it’s a bank holiday). In a similar sense, we need to rebuild (get it) our confidence after another acca was let down by one leg and the nation of Australia cost us dear again.
Scott Hend’s woeful performance in the last round of the PGA Championship yesterday was actually rather refreshing to see in the context of this challenge. It was the first time one of our selections had spectacularly bombed meaning it’s an easy one to shrug off and move on from.
Germany losing at home to Slovakia after taking the lead however, is not something we were able to take lightly. The other four Nations did the business, but the World Champions were beaten by Slovakia. AT HOME.
On paper the result looks bad enough but when you see the pictures from the game, and the phrase ‘There were concerns Germany's friendly with Slovakia might have to be abandoned because of heavy rain’ on the BBC Sport match report, it makes you wonder if someone, somewhere doesn’t want us to succeed with this challenge.
Anyway, as Coldplay’s Chris Martin once told us: ‘nobody said it was easy’, or was that Ghandi? We’re always mixing them two up.
Monday is a new day with new opportunities and yet nothing is really jumping out at us. Until we spot the diminutive Spaniard David Ferrer is set to take on the less than diminutive Tomas Berdych in the French Open.
Ferrer loves the clay and we love him. He’s 7/10 and he will carry the weight and expectation of not only his home nation, but that of the Oddschecker nation. That’s right, we’re ALL IN. The whole pot, £20 will go on Ferrer doing the business in Paris.
This can only end well…