Tackling “The Colossus”

Colossus Bets is offering a new way to bet on football with a huge prize pot. Eion Smith gives us his attempt at tackling the company’s signature bet, “The Colossus”…

Looking at the 7 games for the Colossus, I was struggling with where to place my money. It took me a while but I finally made my decisions and here they are:

Colossus Slip 2

Liverpool vs Stoke

When Stoke have come to Anfield in the past in the Premier League, it has ended one of two ways – a huge defeat or a goalless draw. That is why I have gone with 0-0 and Any Other Home on this game. It’s all dependent on the Liverpool that turns up that next Saturday lunchtime. If they are in the mood then expect a few goals. If not, then expect a dull opener to the season.

Norwich vs Everton

This is a difficult one to call. Norwich have strengthened well over the summer with Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Nathan Redmond just two of their summer recruits while Everton have (so far) kept hold of their stars in Baines and Fellaini. For that reason alone, I am going with a 3-1 away win and a 1-1 on this game. I just feel that Everton will be too strong for Norwich to defeat but there is the possibility that they could steal a draw. Don’t expect either goalkeeper to leave with a clean sheet though.

West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton

Another tough one to call. Both sides have recruited well and this has the potential to be an entertaining match. However, West Brom at home is very formidable and that is why I have gone with a 2-1 home win and Any Other Draw. Like the Norwich game, don’t expect either keeper to have a clean sheet by the end of this.

Swansea vs Manchester United

Undoubtedly the most intriguing match up of the opening weekend. It’s a testament to how far Swansea have come when you can’t safely put money on them losing to Manchester United hence my selections of 2-1 home, Any Other Draw and 2-1 away. It’s almost impossible to call but expect goals in this one.

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham

As much as I love Ian Holloway and want Crystal Palace to succeed, I just can’t see them beating Spurs. With or without Gareth Bale, they are still a strong side and I think Palace will be looking for a draw at most here. I think they might just nick one if they believe in themselves for the whole game. Hence my selections of Any Other Draw and Any Other Away. This has goal laden game written all over it.

Chelsea vs Hull

This is my banker selection. An Any Other Home win for me in this one. Chelsea have such attacking force that Hull will be lucky to limit them to anything less than 4. This is nothing against Hull but when they are facing a team that can choose from Lampard, Lukaku, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Ba, Schürrle, De Bruyne and Torres. Enough said.

Manchester City vs Newcastle

Another Any Other Home from me here. I am sad to say that Newcastle could be in real bother here. A lack of strength in depth and summer recruits coupled with the losing attitude they developed last year means they will probably get hammered by a City frontline that has been made stronger by the arrivals of Jovetic, Negredo and Navas.

Cash In Strategy

My strategy regarding cashing in is to cash in small amounts at a time. I don’t want to risk cashing in too much too early if, for example, my City vs Newcastle score comes up and I only win a small amount from having cashed in too much earlier. My most likely cash in games are going to be the Norwich, West Brom and Swansea games. Those are the ones that I am least confident about.

My selections for "The Colossus"

Those are my selections for the Colossus this weekend. Let me know what you would have done differently or if you completely agree with my selections. I will keep you all up to date on my progress over the opening weekend over on Twitter (@LongBallFoot).

Thanks!

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