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I feel a genuine affinity with Alan Pardew; as I too have been unjustly dismissed from the workplace. My only ‘crime’ was being young and in love. Admittedly, it was wrong of us to consummate our relationship during working hours; but I remain convinced that the zookeeper overreacted.

Eggert Magnusson may well rue the decision to harpoon the former Hammer-head. Alan Curbishley is undoubtedly a competent replacement, but like Frank Lampard, he’ll take a while to find his feet. The ‘Egg man’ has handed Man U three points at a cracking 1/2.

Rio Ferdinand is unable to look back on his time at Upton Park with any real fondness; he has the memory span of a dead goldfish. Rio and Vidic look rock solid at the back, a United clean sheet appeals at 11/10.

Chelsea will have to beat Everton to keep pace with the leaders, and I’m absolutely convinced that they will. I’m all over the 4/7 like John Terry on a referee.

Let’s hope that Drogba keeps the theatrics to a minimum. (Diving is only ever acceptable after several lagers.) Didi looks the most likely first scorer at 9/2.

Roman Abramovic has placed 500m in a trust fund to secure Chelsea’s future. Ashley Cole was expecting 505m; he’s so upset about the situation he’s in talks with his publisher. I’m grabbing 5/2 about Chelsea winning 1-0 or 2-0.

Sol Campbell represented Arsenal on 197 occasions and he can justifiably feel proud that he avoided a breakdown in the majority of those matches. Sol returns with a Pompey team who have conceded 25 goals on their last 7 trips to Highbury; you’ll be mad if you miss the Gunners at 4/9.

The influx of foreign owners in the Premiership may appear a cause for concern, but like the ‘back-pass rule’ or giving women ‘the vote’, there’s nothing to fear in practice. Liverpool are quite rightly licking their lips at the thought of a cool Sheikh; I’m excited about 4/6 for a Pool win at the Valley.

Newcastle are suffering with injuries. Owen, Ameobi, Parker, Duff, Bramble, Moore, Bernard, Harper, Carr, Emre, Solano and Sibierski are either ruled out or doubtful; and in a stunning development, Kieron Dyer may also miss the game through injury. Watford can snatch a draw at St James’ Park at 13/5.

Apart from the top four places, the Premiership is completely wide open this season. The result of Reading v Blackburn could be absolutely anything; except for a draw or an away win. The Royals are smoking at 6/5.

Neil Warnock has been remarkably restrained on the touchline this season; I’ve a feeling that he’s about to explode like Robbie Savage when the average price of a caravan rose dramatically in the late 90s. Wigan look a great bet at 10/11 to light the spark.

El Hadji Diouf is suspended for the trip to Aston Villa; allowing him to spend some quality time at home with his wife. All the stats point to a draw like it’s a ginger boy in a ballet class. Get involved at 11/5.

Man City are unbeaten at home and Tottenham are yet to win away; the 6/4 about a home win looks a trifle too big. I expect City to come out all guns blazing from the start. In Manchester, that’s not a metaphor.

My computer is a lot like the wife, if the information is punched in correctly, positive results are guaranteed. My spreadsheet plays a sound if the odds offered by a bookmaker are greater than the actual probability of success; when I placed 5/4 next to Fulham, it whipped out a guitar.

Liverpool, Reading, Wigan, Chelsea and Fulham are the sure-fire selections for the weekend accer. The payout of 21/1 is so sweet; it reminds me of my first love. I’ll never forget you Ling-Ling.

Weekend Betting:

Charlton v Liverpool
Saturday 16th December 12:45
Live on Premiership Plus

Charlton 5/1
Draw 14/5
Liverpool 4/6

Get on: Liverpool

Match Special:
Liverpool to score four or more goals 6/1

Arsenal v Portsmouth
Saturday 16th December 15:00

Arsenal 4/9
Draw 10/3
Portsmouth 15/2

Get on: Arsenal

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

Newcastle v Watford Saturday 16th December 15:00

Newcastle 8/11
Draw 13/5
Watford 9/2

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
No goalscorer in the match 10/1

Reading v Blackburn
Saturday 16th December 15:00

Reading 6/5
Draw 23/10
Blackburn 13/5

Get on: Reading

Match Special:
Doyle to score the first goal 5/1

Wigan v Sheff Utd
Saturday 16th December 15:00

Wigan 10/11
Draw 12/5
Sheff Utd 7/2

Get on: Wigan

Match Special:
Camara to score two or more goals 11/2

Aston Villa v Bolton Saturday 16th December 17:15
Live on Premiership Plus

Aston Villa 11/8
Draw 11/5
Bolton 11/5

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Petrov to score in a 1-1 draw 25/1

Everton v Chelsea
Sunday 17th December 13:45
Live on Sky

Everton 11/2
Draw 14/5
Chelsea 4/7

Get on: Chelsea

Match Special:
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet 11/10

Man City v Tottenham
Sunday 17th December 15:00

Man City 6/4
Draw 23/10
Tottenham 9/5

Get on: Man City

Match Special:
Richards to score with a header 9/1

West Ham v Man Utd
Sunday 17th December 16:00
Live on Sky

West Ham 13/2
Draw 10/3
Man Utd 1/2

Get on: Man Utd

Match Special:
Saha to score two or more goals 5/1

Fulham v Middlesbrough
Monday 18th December 20:00
Live on Sky

Fulham 5/4
Draw 9/4
Middlesbrough 5/2

Get on: Fulham

Match Special:
Fulham to score three or more goals 4/1




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 14 2006

Time: 9:01AM

Your Comments

Third 2-2 draw in a row?
son_of_cher
We are due a win - surely?!?!?! 2-1 the Villa, plus a couple of injuries, El-Hadji-DUFUS to be sent off, Nicolas ASULKA with Bolton goal, Gary No-SPEED (but a legend nonetheless) to go off injured for the Troots.
koolbill
Doh!!! Hadji is already suspended!!! Double DOH!! Got us down as a shock away win. FEAR/DEANOVILLA: Can we have a player wish list thread please based on WHAM?
koolbill
Hey Koolbill, why dont you sign yourself up for the forums? Much better interaction in there rather than just posting on the front page articles, plus you can start your own threads such as wish lists etc...
DeanoVilla
Petrov to score in a 1-1 draw. Yes, the more you think about it, the more likely it sounds.
glensider
Another draw is the most likely result, I hope Anelka has an off day... Historically Bolton dont like playing at Villa Park and a draw has been the norn in recent games.
col8
West Ham vs Man Utd. There's the fixed odds coupon buster. A draw anyone?
glensider
 

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