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Preview- French Ligue 1: Troyes v Bastia

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This tip comes from the French Ligue 1 game between Troyes v Bastia taking place at the Stade de l’Aube at 19.00 this evening.


Another game from two sides involved in a relegation scrap in the French tip tier and I am expecting a pretty open game with both sides going for all 3 points.

Both sides have impressed me attacking wise of late although both sets of defence’s leave a lot to be desired.


Troyes currently occupy 19th position in the table and are 5 points adrift of safety as things stand. It was looking good last week as they led 0-2 at Toulouse only to concede two goals in the final 3 minutes of the game including a late own goal from Nivet, shaky defending at crucial times of the game has been something that has occurred too often this season.


Attacking wise though they have impressed and are growing in confidence especially at home.


Tonight is a game they really have to go out and try and win with their opponents Bastia 7 points above them in the table and I expect them to give it their all however I do not rate their chances of keeping Bastia out over 90 minutes.
Despite a 0-0 draw last time out, Troyes have managed just 1 other clean sheet at home all season long and have conceded 12 goals in their last 6 games here before that.

They did however mange to find the net equally 12 times themselves during that time and 5 of those 6 games all went over 2.5 goals with the other a 1-1 draw with Nice.
Bastia have conceded heavily during their travels for the most part of the season, in fact they they have the worst defensive record in the league conceding 51 times in just 25 games with 29 of those conceded on the road.


They themselves are just 3 points above the drop zone currently and this is the kind of game they will be aiming to win against a side in a poorer position.

With Bastia’s home record where they are generally finding the points to aid their survival they have nothing to lost tonight by going out and trying to win this game and that’s why I expect a pretty end to end game.


It’s true that Bastia have have struggled to find the net away from home this season but they have had their moments. They put 2 past Lyon, Nice and Reims as well as 3 against Sochaux all away from home.


Last away day they lost out to big guns PSG but still managed to score with the game ending 3-1.

All 4 of Bastia’s last 4 away games have all exceeded the Over 2.5 Goals mark.

This game should be seen as Bastia’s most important away fixture of the season so far and although I am not so confident they can take all 3 points, I am confident they can find the net and I will be expecting Troyes themselves to bag a couple of goals tonight.

Because of all the factors mentioned above I see the odds of 2.1 with Boylesports a great bet and is one of my favourites of the day.
Good luck to everyone betting today!


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Guest Post: Weekend’s Football Value Bets

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Weekend’s Football Value Bets

It’s a big weekend for me coming up and there is a fair amount of football that interests me through Europe.

I have selected two of my stand out bets to share with you.

The first comes from France in the game between Sochaux v Reims taking place Saturday afternoon and I will be betting on both teams to score here. With both sides struggling near the foot of the table this becomes a game in which I believe neither side would be happy to settle for a point. Both are locked on 19 points each and are also joint on the same points with Evian TG who play Friday night away to Lyon and whom also occupy the last relegation place in the table. Sochaux have managed to find the net in all but two of their home games so far this season and although Reims do struggle for goals on the road, they will surely be going all out for 3 points here in this crucial game and they did score twice against Lorient in their 2-2 draw just last weekend which will have done their confidence the world of good going forward after a dire spell without a goal on the road. This should be a pretty end to end game in my opinion and therefore I feel the odds of 2.1 with Coral just look a touch too big for me.

The other bet features on Sunday afternoon and comes from the African Cup Of Nations opener between hosts South Africa v Cape Verde who make their tournament debut here. I am a big fan of African football and have seen a fair bit of football from both nations over the past couple of years and I really feel Cape Verde are capable of springing a surprise here. South Africa have hit a bit of a downward spiral in recent times and really have not impressed me. Of course what they do have here over their opponents is the experience of playing on the big stages of world football and that may well play a part here along with the fact that they are the hosts so an obvious advantage there but Cape Verde will be up for this game and they are dangerous, especially going forward. They managed 12 goals in their final 5 games of qualification and won games over the likes of Cameroon and Zimbabwe. Lille forward Ryan Mendes could be the difference here, the 23 year old is a hot prospect for the future and one to watch out for in this tournament.

Cape Verde would surprise most by even achieving a draw in this game and I feel they well capable of that. If they were to lose I would bet it by just a single goal so I see huge value in taking them to win this game with a +1 Asian Handicap at odds of 1.8 with Marathon. This means if they were to lose this game by just a single goal we would have our stakes returned to us and the bet effectively made void.

Weekend Football Value Bets

Sochaux v Reims – BTTS – 2.1@Coral – France – 15.00 KO

South Africa v Cape Verde +1AH – 1.8@Marathon – African Nations – 16.00 KO


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Tips out for Yirma: Gameweek 5

FY Tipster Challenge

Here within the Fantasy Yirma administration team, we like to pretend we have money. With that in mind we have devised a FY Tipster selection competition.

The loser from the Admin team at the end of the season will pay the £50 prize fund for the mini league!!

Here’s the current standings:

FY Tipster

GW4 Spend

GW4 Return

Total Spend

Total Return







– £44.64






– £120






+ £34.50


Each player must place 3 £10 bets (Monopoly) per gameweek. (singles only)

The bet can be on any individual result/market/outcome with the only proviso being that you must stipulate the odds at time of selection submission and it must be from the same odds provider.

In practice this means your 3 £10 bets can be across 3 fixtures or 3 markets within one match.

We challenge everyone to make 3 selections also and we will include this in our table. Make your selection in the comments below.

Get your tips out for Yirma!!!


Gameweek 5 tips:


£10 on Liverpool to win 1-0, Gerrard to score 45/1 = £460

£10 on Arsenal (-1.0) to win 10/1 = £110

£10 on Defoe first goalscorer 16/5 = £42



£10 on Aston Villa to win 2/1 = £30

£10 on Liverpool v Man Utd Draw 9/4 = £32.50

£10 on Man City to beat Arsenal 2-0 8/1 = £90



West Brom to win 5/6 = £18.33

West Ham v Sunderland Draw 9/4 = £32.50

Swansea v Everton Over 12 corners 11/5 = £32

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