Football specialist and pro-punter Dave South (@LockupTipster) provides us with his selections for this week’s #MagicMark feature.


#MagicMark Week 3

We enter the second weekend of the Premier League campaign as punters welcome back other European leagues with thousands of bets to consider.

For some readers out there who have known my style may be familiar to this and believe with the correct discipline will reward readers with a pleasing return on investment or ROI for short.

My strategy is simple and the one thing a punter hates is being let down by one selection! With my strategy you can be let down by one selection and still make a small profit for the next round of competition. This is what we call #MagicMark. We will introduce our safety bet feature in conjunction within the next few weeks as form begins to paint a picture.

Firstly the principles of this column is to identify three selections which must all be 4/5 (1.80) or greater to qualify. Any bookie offering less than the mark mark fail to make the cut..

Last week demonstrated where our three selections produced two winners at 17/20 and 20/23, which returned a £17.30 return, or £2.30 profit from the weekend yielding a 15.33% return on investment.

This week we offer prices at 5/4, 9/10 and 6/5, which in turn creates an accumulator at 8.4/1 spread across both days of the weekend.

We kick off over at the DW stadium, where Leeds make the relatively modest trip having been held by Forest in their last outing. Wigan were easily beaten by Preston 3-0, Marcelo Bielsa should go with a similar starting line up, who played some very attractive football. Leeds should be a popular choice for backers this weekend and see the price trimming before kick off.

With Leeds good attacking mode, should create an array of scoring opportunities. Leeds produced 14 shots and enjoyed over 68% of the possession against Forest and will look to rectify the points lost out to bag all the points here.

Selection two leans over to League one, where Lincoln look to make it three from three after two convincing 2-0 victories to register six points. Southend have conceded as many as Lincoln have netted with three of the last six ending in the draw. The seaside visitors have failed to win all but two of their last 20 games in League one. the home side are unbeaten in the last five at home and should be popular for choice this weekend.

The Imps led by Danny Cowley are in a good place with home advantage and are roughly 8/11 to win the game. Kevin Bonds's Southend have struggled in general and see both sides at different ends of the spectrum. For the purposes of the bet, i am taking the Imps -1 on the Asian Handicap, which means if they win by exactly one, results in a voided bet and worth the extra price at 5/4 if they can win by two or more. From their opening two league games, both 2-0 will give interest to punters for the entire 90 minutes.

Thirdly, we head to the Majdeski stadium for a midday kickoff with Cardiff making the fairly straightforward trip along the M4 for this TV clash. Neil Warnock's Cardiff head into the game off the back of a 2-1 narrow victory to Luton last time around. Jose Gomes Reading have lost both their games shipping five goals in the process. Cardiff have been fluid in netting four already.

The Royals have failed to win any of their last six games and may tally to seven with a defeat to rivals Cardiff. the visitors do not have the best record against the Berkshire outfit managing one win in the last six, with none in the last five,

However past season data as a guide may deter punters, however Cardiff have scored in the last five visits in this fixture and are well primed at 6/5 generally to take the points here. Cardiff's strengths include taking possession as well as creating plenty of chances, with the Royals seemingly struggling to put away scoring chances. I like the 6/5 here and could well be even money come kick off.

Recommended Bets

  • Leeds win (10/11)
  • Lincoln -1 Asian Handicap (5/4)
  • Cardiff (6/5)

Best priced 8.4/1 with BetVictor. Perm in 3 doubles only at 1pt per bet (3pts total).