Date: 1st December 2006 at 10:45pm
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My old man has forgotten more about betting than I`ll ever know; he has Alzheimer`s. It`s bad news for the old fellow, but it`s a result for me at Christmas.

He always used to say, “Never overestimate the importance of recent form.” He hasn`t said this since his condition deteriorated though; the poor sod thinks he`s still fighting in the war. The last coherent statement he made was, “We must invade Poland.”

Liverpool`s recent form on the road may be abysmal, but the cream will rise to the top like a Scouse salmon. Even the old man is backing the Reds at 11/10 to see off Wigan; if he remembers the location of the betting shop.

Jamie Carragher had said that he wouldn`t swap Stevie Gerrard for Ronaldinho, which coincidentally, is a view shared by Barcelona. The in form Gerrard can inspire the Pool to a 2-0 win at 6/1.

Gareth Southgate is a rich man`s Steve McClaren, which places him one rung off the bottom of the English managerial ladder. A Manchester United romp at 8/13 will be about as surprising as the Sunday newspaper headline: ‘Rooney KO`s reporter, sleeps with an old dear`.

If Wayne Rooney were so inclined, he could visit ‘the canny granny` twice a week (at £65 a pop) for the next 44 years, and it would cost him less than 1% of the £30m deal he`s just agreed. Unlike the old lady in question, that`s not too shabby. The 4/1 on offer for Rooney to open the scoring is a genuine looker.

West Ham`s new owner made his fortune in biscuits, so it could be argued that Frank Lampard part-financed the deal. A draw between Everton and West Ham looks a great investment at 9/4.

Alan Pardew is worried about a gambling culture at the club. Apparently, the players enjoy the card game ‘roaster`; it`s a variation of poker, played with more hands. Get your hands on the 8/1 about ‘no goalscorer` in the match.

As a result of recent defeats to Fulham and Bolton, Arsenal are available at a huge 8/13 to see off Tottenham. Henry missed the Reebok shoeing due to a pain in the neck; Robbie Savage let his tyres down. Spurs will not be so fortunate.

Robbie Savage is like a box of tissues; girly, but useful. Blackburn have only lost one of the last twelve games in which the blonde bombshell has been involved; Fulham will succumb to girl-power at 10/11.

In a climate where footballers and managers ‘see no evil`, ‘hear no evil` and ‘roast no evil`, it was refreshing to hear El Hadji Diouf admit to taking the occasional dive. He`s also an expert in domestic conflict resolution; the lad`s really growing on me. Diouf`s honesty will be rewarded with a win at the Madejski at 15/8.

Les Reed has also embraced the concept of truth. His quote of “Andy Reid`s body shape makes him look worse than he is,” is a polite way of saying “the fat lad done well.” Charlton can leave Bramall Lane with a point at a pleasantly plump 9/4.

I keep hearing how Watford have been unlucky this season; but what about me? The house caught fire last year and the wife wasn`t even in. I`ll say what I said to her mother when we moved in for a few weeks shortly after; I`ve got a huge tip for you. Get on Man City at 8/11.

Andy Cole and Kanu should both be involved when Pompey face the Villa, and surprisingly, they`re not being wheeled out for a pre-match presentation. The Villa are in play at 9/4.

I`m feeling genuine remorse for criticising David James. Judging by his new haircut, it`s quite clear that the poor sod is living with his mother, and she`s still living in the 1940`s. I`ll have to introduce her to my old man.

This week`s accer is so inevitable, Doctor Who, Austin Powers, ‘Bill and Ted` and Shakin` Michael J Fox have all declared themselves powerless in the fight to prevent it from obliging. Arsenal, Blackburn, Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City are the selections, the payout is a Billie Piper pleasing 15/1.


Weekend Betting:

Arsenal v Tottenham
Saturday 2nd December 12:45
Live on Premiership Plus

Arsenal 8/13
Draw 13/5
Tottenham 11/2

Get on: Arsenal

Match Special:
Henry to score direct from a free kick 6/1

Blackburn v Fulham Saturday 2nd December 15:00

Blackburn 10/11
Draw 9/4
Fulham 3/1

Get on: Blackburn

Match Special:
Blackburn to score three or more goals 7/2

Portsmouth v Aston Villa Saturday 2nd December 15:00

Portsmouth 5/4
Draw 9/4
Aston Villa 9/4

Get on: Aston Villa

Match Special:
Gareth Barry to score with his left foot 5/1

Reading v Bolton
Saturday 2nd December 15:00

Reading 6/4
Draw 9/4
Bolton 15/8

Get on: Bolton

Match Special:
Anelka to score the only goal of the game 40/1

Sheff Utd v Charlton Saturday 2nd December 15:00

Sheff Utd 13/10
Draw 9/4
Charlton 23/10

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Match to finish 1-1 11/2

Wigan v Liverpool
Saturday 2nd December 15:00

Wigan 11/4
Draw 9/4
Liverpool 11/10

Get on: Liverpool

Match Special:
Kuyt to score two or more goals 6/1

Middlesbrough v Man Utd
Saturday 2nd December
17:15 Live on Premiership Plus

Middlesbrough 5/1
Draw 13/5
Man Utd 8/13

Get on: Man Utd

Match Special:
Rooney to score from outside the penalty area 9/2

Everton v West Ham
Sunday 3rd December
16:00 Live on Sky

Everton 10/11
Draw 9/4
West Ham 10/3

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Under 2.5 goals in the game 8/13

Man City v Watford
Monday 4th December
20:00 Live on Sky

Man City 8/11
Draw 12/5
Watford 9/2

Get on: Man City

Match Special:
Barton to score at any time 4/1

By Gerry McDonnell

 

17 Replies to “Arsenal To Beat Spurs”

  • seems that quite a few people arsenal will geta result today even without Henry. but the totts think this is their year, will prove exciting

  • You don`t no the name Berbatov!! You will after today! and ofcourse the best french import ever Mr Malbranque!!!!!!!!!!! Whinger has now come to blows with your coward Captain now. Remember I said the empire is crumbling at the start of the season. “CAN YOU SEE THE CRACKS” or have you got myoploma too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! COYS 0-2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This will be very hard to decide, both teams want it, without henry will still be diffucult, but this 90 Minutes will be vital, very vital.

  • Ah…the silence is deafening. All the spuds must be whining on the forums at Vital Graham Poll…good luck with that. Hopefully you’ll be ready to give us a match next time kids.

  • Well done girls you desrved it regardless of having 13 men with MRS POLL. We will see you at the lane for part 2 and make sure that coward is fit as we will get more satisfaction in the win. Actually you have been playing better without her.

  • I didn`t expect any other reaction from you. Well done You done well out there today. Still got title aspirations??????

  • How embarrassing for the spuds fans. We are not playing well are having our worst spell under wenger since he arrived & yet we can still humiliate their sorry lot. Were Keane or Lennon even playing today?? I saw some little bloke keep changing wings & trying to outrun clichy & then eboue before going into hiding when he realised he isn’t as good as he thought!! As for Poll what a c**p ref, if he had been even half decent the spuds would be going into their next league match with at least 3 players suspended. They truly proved today what utter scum they are!!

  • Good one AG. I wonder if we will ever see cockeril and his other spuds ilk on this site for a while. But did i just hear him do the one thing these idiots accuse wenger of – ‘whinging’ ??? The ref was crap, blah blah blah!!!!

  • oh dear that was too easy,i knew your team was bad,but i didnt realize how utterly useless they were until now,and i cant believe you actually had the nerve to come on our site and claim that you were going to beat us,pathetic!! can we play you every week?

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