Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Pie, have you forsaken me?

Pie, have you forsaken me?

Pricing up a football match is a lot like baking a pie. Get all the ingredients right and you have a sweet smelling pastry that will attract interest from afar; get the ingredients wrong, and you`re left with a concoction so inedible, even Brazilian waddler Ronaldo would refuse to eat it all.

If a full strength England were to meet a full strength Portugal, the majority of handsome, highly intelligent, sexually potent odds compilers would make England slight favourites. Decimate the Portuguese team with suspensions and injuries, and England`s odds must fall like Arjen Robben in a penalty area.

A couple of bookmakers appear to have left the 'team news` ingredient out of their respective pies, they`re offering England at a huge 6/5 against a Portugal side riddled with reserves. If you don`t take advantage of this oversight, you`re basically condoning their behaviour. If there`s one thing I can`t stand, it`s a bad pastry.

Big Phil may have got the better of Sven in the last two tournaments, one more win for Scolari would allow him to take Sven home for keeps, but thanks to a card happy refereeing maniac, Portuguese dreams ended the moment Deco saw red. Take advantage by backing England to be winning at half time and full time at 13/5.

Historically, England have been the better team. The 1966 World Cup winners used Portugal as a stepping stone, and Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews once inspired the Lions to a 10-0 win in Lisbon. The more cynical amongst you may feel the need to question the relevance of form from the 1940`s, but it all adds to a feeling of genuine optimism. A 10-0 win for England can be safely ruled out, but a 2-0 victory looks bang on the money, 8/1 is available.

England have a goalkeeper of genuine quality in Paul Robinson, but his recent performances have left a question mark hanging in the air. (If it was David James, he would have flapped at it before philosophically pondering the complexities of life while Pauleta rolled it into an empty net.) An England clean sheet has been priced up at 6/4, and that`s a Peter Crouch price, it`s too big and it shouldn`t really be there.

John Terry has been lined up to deliver a motivational speech in the dressing room before the match, I`m guessing he`ll be holding a razor while declaring that bouncers don`t like it up 'em. Terry looked wobbly against Ecuador, it`s 9/1 that he makes amends by scoring with a header.

Sven`s bold decision to play a 4-5-1 against Ecuador freed up Lampard and Gerrard as expected, but Frank hardly covered himself in glory. Lampard had such a disappointing match, at the end of the game he tried to shake hands with the ref and missed by a good five yards. Frank scoring from outside the area has been priced up at 11/2, he`s due.

I refuse to shy away from asking the tough questions. Is it true that Victoria Beckham was the inspiration for the Robert De Niro film 'WAG the dog`? Sorry, that`s a trifle harsh, on the poor pooch. Vicky did jump up like an excited Chihuahua when Becks curled in the winner against Ecuador, hopefully, I`ll get to see her excited again. Becks threw up after scoring, a scenario I`m more than familiar with; Golden Balls is an 8/1 shot to score direct from a free-kick for the second match running.

Brazil face France on Saturday night, and the Samba Boys have to be opposed. Ronaldo may be the greatest World Cup goal scorer of all-time, but his lack of mobility will prove to be a hindrance now they finally face quality opposition. How can Brazil play with a striker who has to stay five yards in front of the last French defender, in order to keep his stomach from drifting into an offside position? He can`t use his body weight to challenge a defender, as it could lead to a charge of attempted murder. The French are the call at 4/1.

Thierry Henry was a little bit naughty against the Spanish, rolling on the floor clutching his face like he was Phil Neville in a house of mirrors. It could be that his: "Next time i`ll learn to dive maybe, but i am not a woman," outburst after the Champions League final was actually a statement of intent. Henry glides like a ballerina and even when he scores, he has the facial expression of a lady who has 'the decorators in`. Teri can still play though; take 7/1 about Henry opening the scoring.

I`m not going to waste your time by going into too much detail on Friday`s quarter finals, as the Argies and the Italians are such nailed on, in the bag, already past the post, absolutely raging certainties. The Friday double pays out at a healthy 10/3.

Weekend Betting:

Germany v Argentina Friday 30th June 16.00

Germany 7/4
Draw 21/10
Argentina 7/4

Get on: Argentina

Match Special:
"Big Max" - Maxi Rodriguez to score with a header 10/1

Italy v Ukraine Friday 30th June 20.00

Italy 8/13
Draw 13/5
Ukraine 11/2

Get on: Italy

Match Special:
"Pirl jam" - Pirlo to score direct from a free-kick 10/1

England v Portugal Saturday 1st July 16.00

England 6/5
Draw 9/4
Portugal 11/4

Get on: England

Match Special:
"My name is Hurl" - David Beckham to score at any time 4/1

Brazil v France Saturday 1st July 20.00

Brazil 5/6
Draw 12/5
France 4/1

Get on: France

Match Special:
"Thierry, wait" - Henry to score in the second half 5/1

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday June 28 2006
Time: 5:01PM


More entertainment on offer reading that, then there ever is watching Svens boys.
28/06/2006 19:34:00
This guy makes me want to start betting.
28/06/2006 19:48:00
Last four - Germany, Brazil, England and Italy! Mark my words!
28/06/2006 19:50:00
"Thierry Henry was a little bit naughty against the Spanish, rolling on the floor clutching his face like he was Phil Neville in a house of mirrors." Funniest thing ive ever read on thie website!
28/06/2006 23:33:00
England have got a lot of improving to do if they want to be in the last four. But if they play badly and win the next three games then who cares!
29/06/2006 12:56:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Villa Fan In SHOCK Attempt At Positivity

Your thoughts Villans, clutching at straws I know, but do you have any further positives to throw my way please?

Another Dagger In The Heart

HH on yet another dagger in the heart of great supporters of a once great club

We Deserved A Point - Garde

Manager Remi Garde has said he felt the performance in the game against Watford today should've returned a point for Aston Villa.

Audio - Garde Pleased With Performance

Manager Remi Garde has said he was pleased with the performance Aston Villa put in during today's three two loss to Watford, but he knows a point should've been taken.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Traore19%
Sub - Gestede0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 14 9 2 3 29 16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 8
3 Man Utd 14 8 4 2 28 10
4 Arsenal 14 8 3 3 27 12
5 Spurs 14 6 7 1 25 13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 23 3
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 22 5
8 West Ham 14 6 4 4 22 4
9 Everton 14 5 6 3 21 8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 19 -1
12 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
13 WBA 14 5 3 6 18 -5
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 15 -6
15 Swansea 14 3 5 6 14 -5
16 Norwich 14 3 4 7 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 12 -10
18 AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 10 -13
19 Newcastle 14 2 4 8 10 -16
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 5 -15
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report
Latest Vital Boxing News
Lewis on Fury World Title Triumph
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 2 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions1126
2.The Fear683
The Vital Football Members League