Football Bet of the Day: Backing the visitors isn't a big leap of faith

Hopefully we won't be left red-faced in Switzerland tonight
Hopefully we won't be left red-faced in Switzerland tonight

After an extended break, Kevin Hatchard's back in the captain's chair, and he's taking us to Switzerland.

"Lausanne are eight points clear at the top, they have won their last six league games, and on their last visit to Schaffhausen they won 4-0."

Back Lausanne to win at 2.3211/8

FC Schaffhausen v Lausanne
Monday February 29, 18:45

It finished Real Zaragoza 3 Lugo 1 last night, which was a bit more excitement than our chum Tobias was looking for. That said, he had an excellent fortnight, and deserves his week off.

I'd love to tell you I had a relaxing couple of weeks, but four days in hospital with pneumonia wasn't exactly part of the plan. Let's hope for some serene progress, starting with a Swiss Challenge League fixture between the bottom club Schaffhausen and table-toppers Lausanne.

Given that there's a 22-point gap between the sides, and that Lausanne are eight points clear at the top, you might expect the visitors to be odds-on favourites. However, Schaffhausen actually have a decent home record, with 20 of their 23 points this season having been collected at the Stadion Breite.

Just before you start losing interest in backing the league leaders at 2.3211/8, consider the following. Lausanne have won eight of their ten away games, and in mid-November they won the first edition of this fixture 4-0. Fabio Celestini's men are on a six-match winning run in the league, and they've also won their last six away games.

That form is enough to convince me to back the visitors to win, but there's also a case to be made for backing Over 2.5 Goals at 2.021/1. Nine of Lausanne's last ten league games have featured at least three goals, as have three of Schaffhausen's last six outings.

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Back Lausanne to win at 2.3211/8

2016 P/L (1 pt per bet)

Points Staked: 28

Points Returned: 30.11

P/L: +2.11 points

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