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Heifery Thing Must Go

Deep down, I’m just an old romantic. I always hold the wife’s hand when we go out together; it restricts her swing.

It’s somewhat clichéd to speak of the ‘romance of the cup’, but even I’m going weak at the knees at the prospect of Chelsea v Macclesfield.

My heart yearns for the Silkmen, but my head is saying Chelsea; and I refuse to argue against head. You can’t back the champions at odds as short as 1/40, but covering the 1-0 / 2-0 / 3-0 / 4-0 correct scores can land an even money coup.

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; there’s been a lot of love for Frank Lampard. The plump midfielder looks the best bet for the first goal at 4/1.

I found it absolutely outrageous that Wayne Rooney was caught singing anti-Scouse songs in a boozer with Gary Neville. Why on earth would anyone go out with Gary Neville? Everyone wants to pal-up a Man U win over Villa at 3/10.

I’m not superstitious, but i can’t shake the feeling that Henrik Larsson is destined to net the opening goal against his former mentor. I’ll be crossing fingers, touching wood and kicking black cats in the hope of a 9/2 payout.

I was shocked to see that Liverpool were ‘odds on’ to beat Arsenal; the Scousers’ record against ‘the big 3’ is so poor, it’s been claiming benefits. The Gunners are simply too big to miss at 11/4.

Thierry Henry danced on the touchline when he found the net on his midweek comeback, i’ll be having a hoedown if Henry opens the scoring at 11/2.

My problem is I love too much, although admittedly, for not very long. I’m currently infatuated with the 6/5 on offer for Fulham to hunt down the Foxes.

Tottenham would not have been happy about drawing Cardiff away, it’s in Wales. The Bluebird’s form has dipped dramatically in recent weeks; Spurs can romp in at a sheepish 4/5.

Hossam Ghaly lost four teeth after being kicked in the face on New Years Day; he’ll feel at home amongst the Welsh. It’s a toss up between Berbatov and Defoe for the first goal; they do things a little differently in the valleys.

In football, as in life, nobody wants to go to Doncaster. The League One outfit have only lost once at home all season, and have won their last five without conceding in front of their own supporters. Bolton have drawn the short straw, the Rovers can land the upset at 5/1.

Paul Heffernan has scored in six of his last seven games for Donny; not for the first time, I’ll be getting on a Heffer at 9/1 to score first.

Portsmouth v Wigan is a rematch of the six-pointer they shared earlier in the season. It wasn’t a relegation scrap; the Premier League awarded Pompey the extra points because Benjani scored the winning goal. Portsmouth are good things at 4/5 for a repeat.

It’s better to have loved and lost, than to end up with a Sweaty. The draw has been priced up at 7/2 between West Ham and Brighton; I’m besotted.

I’m beginning to feel sympathy for Andy Johnson. The only way he’ll be awarded a penalty against Blackburn is if Robbie Savage were to run him over with his motor, home. Everton will run all over Blackburn at 11/10.

The wife has got to go. She told me that I had a face that only a mother could love, I think she suspects something. I’m highly suspicious about the rather large 7/4 about a Birmingham win over Newcastle.

Birmingham, Fulham, Everton and Spurs form the weekend accer. The 18/1 payout is so enchanting, it reminds me of when I first fell for the wife; it was a cracking left hook.

Weekend Betting:

Birmingham v Newcastle
Saturday 6th January 15:00

Birmingham 7/4
Draw 23/10
Newcastle 8/5

Get on: Birmingham

Match Special:
Bendtner to score the first goal 13/2

Chelsea v Macclesfield
Saturday 6th January 15:00

Chelsea 1/14
Draw 8/1
Macclesfield 50/1

Get on: Chelsea

Match Special:
Chelsea to win 2-0 7/1

Doncaster v Bolton Saturday 6th January 15:00

Doncaster 5/1
Draw 13/5
Bolton 8/13

Get on: Doncaster

Match Special:
Heffernan to score the only goal of the game 55/1

Leicester v Fulham Saturday 6th January 15:00

Leicester 11/4
Draw 9/4
Fulham 6/5

Get on: Fulham

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

Portsmouth v Wigan Saturday 6th January 15:00

Portsmouth 4/5
Draw 5/2
Wigan 4/1

Get on: Portsmouth

Match Special:
Portsmouth to win and keep a clean sheet 17/10

West Ham v Brighton
Saturday 6th January 15:00

West Ham 4/11
Draw 7/2
Brighton 15/2

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Match to finish either 1-1 or 2-2 6/1

Liverpool v Arsenal Saturday 6th January 17:15 Live on BBC

Liverpool 11/10
Draw 9/4
Arsenal 11/4

Get on: Arsenal

Match Special:
Arsenal to score two or more goals 2/1

Man Utd v Aston Villa
Sunday 7th January 14:00 Live on BBC

Man Utd 3/10
Draw 4/1
Aston Villa 10/1

Get on: Man Utd

Match Special:
Larsson to score two or more goals 7/2

Everton v Blackburn Sunday 7th January 15:00

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

Get on: Everton

Match Special:
Everton to win 1-0 7/1

Cardiff v Tottenham Sunday 7th January 16:00 Live on Sky

Cardiff 4/1
Draw 5/2
Tottenham 4/5

Get on: Tottenham

Match Special:
Berbatov or Defoe to open the scoring 2/1




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 4 2007

Time: 12:56PM

Your Comments

I wonder what the odds are on hendrie getting one against manyoo
Pking
I would love to know what this bloke smokes and If its available on the net :-)
col8
i can dream.
Pking
ild say about 60-1 to start and 80-1 to score
Newman
This guy is definitely funnier than our old friend Dave Ismay.
glensider
i know stranger things have never happened but the guy will be chomping at the bit if he gets onto the pitch.He has a good shot on him and knows where the goal is.Hes just as capable as gardener is.
Pking
If those are the odds for a win against manure, the odds for us winning the cup must be tremendous, now I am not a betting man (apart from the villa, (I suppose that proves I'm not)) but at those odds we are worth a punt, a bounce back, shock result at the Villa, and into the next round, UTV
steff_the_villan
Fancy Blackburn for a decent cup run. Maybe a Chelsea vs Blackburn final.
glensider
 

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