The Safety Net: Russian to maintain 100 per cent EuroBasket 2011 start

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After three successive football predictions, the safety net bet turns its attention to basketball today in search of its next £20.

A 100 per cent tipping start to the week has seen the safety net bet boost its bank balance to £429 and with EuroBasket 2011 now at its second round stage, we have gathered enough information to find a winner.

Russia won all five of their fixtures in topping Group D and now only need one victory in the weaker Group F in the second round to ensure their safe passage into the quarter finals.

Their first chance to secure this victory comes against surprise package Finland, who have far exceeded expectations in simply reaching this stage.

Finland needed to win a pre-qualifying tournament just to reach EuroBasket 2011 and put in some bold shows to qualify in third spot from Group C on goal average.

However, they may trouble breaching a Russian defence that is the best in the tournament so far and will want to maintain their unbeaten start.

They also have Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko to call on, while Viktor Khryapa also possesses the attacking influence to change a tight game.

Russia are more of a solid team than an expansive one and although they are unlikely to blow away Finland, they should easily have the tools to secure a relatively routine victory.

With Russia 2/13 in the EuroBasket odds, we will be staking £130 on this result to fulfil our aim of making £20 each day.

Current Status
Bank: £429
Today’s stake: £130
Best case scenario: £449
Worst case scenario: £299

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Wealth warning: although we are confident the safety net bet’s strategy will be profitable over a period of time, the nature of sport means we cannot guarantee you will win every single time.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.