Bray Wanderers didn’t have the greatest start to the season. They didn’t score for the first seven-and-a-half hours of the campaign and by the 12th match they’d lost nine and were on manager number four. It makes a Kerry Katona marriage look stable.
But somehow, amid all the chaos, the Seasiders have turned it around. Of their last 12 games they’ve won seven and sit sixth in the division, comfortably seven points above the relegation zone. More importantly for punters however, is that if they were loyal (or mad) enough to stick with Bray every week, they’d have put enough cash in your pocket for a belting summer by the sea.
- Incredibly a €10 bet on Bray every week this year would have returned a mightily impressive €234.80 profit. Plenty enough to swap cocktails in the Martello for a cheeky week sipping pints of Super Bock in Portugal.
- Big priced wins include the Seasider’s first win of the season away to Sligo at 11/1, and their surprise 1-0 win over St Pats at the fortress Carlisle Grounds in May at odds of 10/1.
The only other side in the league to post a profit of more than €100 are the side directly above Bray in the table. Bohemians strong home form has helped them give punters a profit of €100.10 so far for a €10 bet each week, while Champions-elect Dundalk are also profitable this season for €54.60.
But if that’s the good, what about the bad?
- Last season’s runners-up Cork City are sat second in the league again, but surprisingly have been ones to avoid this season. A tendency to pick up drab draws away from home when they’re slightly more generous prices appears to be damaging, as the Leesiders are posting a loss of €33 this season to weekly backers. The Rebel Army have not been kind to League of Ireland punters.
- Unsurprisingly Sligo Rovers are also posting a hefty loss. It’s been a miserable season for the 2012 Champions who sit second-bottom this campaign. They’ve had a torrid time of it and a €10 bet on Sligo every week would have left you down €116.70 this season. Fans will be hoping new gaffer Micky Adams will be able to turn the corner after two wins on the spin.
- Longford, sat in seventh, are also worth dodging. They’re running at a loss of €104.80 for loyal weekly punters this season.
So there you have it. Eight games left of the season and the team to back appear to be Bray. So back the Seasiders, sit back, and we’ll all celebrate in the Harbour Bar later.
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