“Ireland, Ireland together we stand and fall” – their national anthem transpiring against me as the fall guy – 2 weeks in a row! Not content with the tie against my beloved Wales last week. They went and done the doubledirty on me by losing from a position of strength against the French.
Luck of the Irish they say, like my bets this obviously didn’t apply to me. My bets went out the window, along with their championship hopes. There is at last some justice in the sporting-betting world!
Everton duly picked up my mood (not) by having a 100 shots against West Brom and scoring exactly zilch. Barn door and banjo come to mind. West Brom scored, like I said; from a set piece, which I also said. Points for Pulis – financial purgatory for me!
Never mind I had my bet of the week coming up, where I would use my ladder made out of money to get out of the financial hole I had dug myself into. No such luck (are you surprised) the +1 handicap was duly reciprocated by Leicester creating their own handicap in getting a man sent off.
‘For fecks sake!’ – Irish speak that!
A double booking equalling double whammy for me. Man down, game over, betting slip in the trash. On second thoughts the shredder, don’t want those abysmal losses becoming my neighbourhood watch gossip!
Saving my homeowner status but my not quite my relationship, Liverpool romped (oo er) to victory. Scoring 6 of the best against 11 of the worst. My final bet came in, hurrah! I didn’t shout too loudly, my winnings barely constituted enough to fully fuel Jolean Lescott’s car.
His ill-advised ‘derriere’ tweet made me feel sick, can’t begin to imagine how it made the Villa fans feel. Lescott and Villa failed to park the bus, let’s hope he has more success parking that supercar. In danger of a keying if ever I saw one.
That’s enough of last week’s bets disasters and onto this weeks bets: no rugby this weekend – ‘boo’, FA Cup though, ‘Yaaay’.
Arsenal – Hull City
It’s all high fives and team selfies at the Emirates these days. Welbeck’s (new signing) last minute goal sending the fans mental. ‘Mental’ being the buzzword around Arsenal at the moment, with Wenger praising their mental strength in coming through a game like that.
Up against Hull in the Cup this weekend, where physical strength supersedes the mental aspect, where ‘roughhousing’ at the Emirates is a plan not a verb.
Hull will attempt to get under their skin, but they’ll need to play out of it to get any sort of joy from this fixture.
Giroud hasn’t scored in recent times and it’s for that ideological infallible reason I’m backing him to notch one or more in this game.
Giroud to score -21/20 – William Hill
Tottenham – Crystal Palace
Fresh off delivering a shellacking to Man City and an impressive performance against Fiorentina; Tottenham and their confidence are flying! All the sensible money (mine included) is going on Spurs title tilt. Best team in North London, pah, best team in the Premiership on current form.
Pardew is caught in one of his perennial slumps. Palace’s false dawn start to the season is coming apart at the Selhurst seams.
Tottenham’s goals are seeming to come from everyone, whereas Palace’s shots are going everywhere. Tottenham to run riot against a Palace side short on confidence.
Tottenham to win handicap -1, 9/5 – Sky Bet
Chelsea – Man City
Both thunderous heavyweights in the two years gone by, with a title apiece, both are failing to live up to expectations this season. One blamed squarely at the feet of an outgoing manager (Mourinho) the other feasibly attributed to the pattering feet of an incoming manager (Guardiola). The two ex-La Liga title winners influencing their teams from afar.
Chelsea unbeaten under Hiddink in the league, Man City slightly unhinged under Pellegrini – this should be a straightforward affair but where’s the fun in that?
Man City players are supposedly playing for their careers at the club not so much Pellegrini. If they think Guardiola hasn’t got a long lens on them from Munich, then they obviously haven’t read this column!
Man City owe Pellegrini, themselves and of course – me – a result. If Company keeps Costa at bay then they can expect a win away. A long shot price but if it was easy we would all be millionaires!
Away win Man City – 7/2 – Bet365
Everton – Bournemouth (BET OF THE WEEK)
Fresh from a flurry of shots every which way but loose. If the strikers, midfield or for that matter even the defense (basically anyone) calibrate their sights this weekend then Bournemouth are in for a hiding. Although firing blanks in consecutive games will rightfully send Everton into hiding.
The Seasiders should be there for the taking, are Everton there for the giving?
Everton Away Win – 13/10 – Coral
All odds correct at time of going to press.
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