Article by Gerry McDonnell
Iâ€™m all for great-natured banter at a football match, but supporters are starting to overstep the line. Harry Redknapp instructions respect from all the major gamers in the game, this kind of as Frank Lampard and Jamie Redknapp, but the colourful supervisor endured a torrent of vitriolic abuse when Portsmouth travelled to Aston Villa.
As the match slipped away from the Villans, the Holte Stop outrageously recommended that Harry had bunged the referee. That accusation is totally with no basis: Harry prefers products inwards to despatch.
The Villa fans went on to intimate that Harry enjoys the occasional stroke of the pink puppy. I wouldnâ€™t criticise Redknapp even if this was correct, as itâ€™s an understandable response right after Jamie.
A minority of supporters then disgracefully claimed that Harry would soon be behind bars, partaking in specific pursuits in the shower place. Not only does this slur completely contradict their previously insinuation itâ€™s also downright offensive, and Harry will not be taking this lying down. Weâ€™ll all have red cheeks if we skip the five/2 for a Tottenham win more than Pompey.
The travelling Villa supporters will hopefully show a small much more restraint when close to Roy Keane, as his preferred approach of conflict resolution does not involve complaining to selected media shops. Iâ€™m spreading the word that nine/four for a draw among Sunderland and the Villa looks pretty delicious.
When it comes to speaking to the BBC, Sam Allardyce is also a whole blanker. The Beeb fought again on final weekâ€™s Match of the Day they comically photoshopped a ridiculous woolly hat on his oversized head. I canâ€™t wait to get my palms on the mammoth 6/4 for a Fulham win over Newcastle.
Group information is almost certainly the single most important factor in betting, after recent type or a nod from Kieren Fallon, so Iâ€™ll wait for updates on Hleb, Flamini and Fabregas just before taking an interest in the Arsenal v Chelsea match. Four of the last 6 Premier League meetings among the two giants have finished all square, so Iâ€™ll tentatively appear in the direction of the 9/four for a draw at this early stage.
Birmingham Town will absolutely have to strengthen their squad in January, and with Alex McLeish at the helm, I count on there to be a powerful Scottish connection. Two names that quickly spring to thoughts are Miller and Becks. There is a participant nicknamed â€˜Woodpeckerâ€™ who McLeish would really like to indicator, but heâ€™s tied up at Chelsea. Iâ€™m definitely connected to the 5/four for a Birmingham win more than Looking at.
Middlesbrough are a riddle, wrapped up in an enigma, shrouded in mystery, located in a hole. Iâ€™m praying the Boro will produce their A-sport in opposition to the outclassed Derby at a larger than anticipated seven/five.
Lee Bowyer is on the verge of a return to motion right after recovering from Gilmoreâ€™s groin. It was a genuine surprise to me I thought he just had a tear of the adductor muscle groups. Folks need to be falling over by themselves to get on fifteen/eight for an Everton win above West Ham.
Dressing-place dissent is on the rise at Wigan. 1 senior player is already on Steve Bruceâ€™s back again, and thatâ€™s not a placement I would like to see anyone in. The player, who wishes to continue being anonymous, has suggested that Bruce is a lengthy-ball merchant. Paul Scharner continued, â€œIf we don’t modify to actively playing soccer, then it will be very difficult.â€ The only thing attractive at the JJB this weekend is the 11/8 for a Blackburn win.
I watched in horror final weekend as Stephen Ireland committed what can only be explained as a heinous crime: he appeared to be putting on a wig. Phone me aged fashioned, but toupees are only acceptable for the bald and the ginger.
Letâ€™s be straightforward, if Ireland is using a piece, and it continues to be conjecture at this stage, it doesnâ€™t make him any less of a man. Only putting on a pink jumper on a evening out will consequence in any prolonged-phrase reduction of man-points. Bolton have won their last three at Manchester Metropolis, profitable them all â€˜to nilâ€™. I refuse to cover up my curiosity in Megsonâ€™s males at 4/one.
Life is complete of minor coincidences. As Steven Gerrard was throwing himself to the ground in Marseille, his spouse was finding turned about at house. There was also a burglary. Iâ€™m helping myself to the thirteen/eight for a Liverpool win more than Manchester United.
I hope Stevie can recover from the trauma, as I require the influential Scouser to win the â€˜battle of the interior-ear infectionsâ€™ in opposition to Ronaldo to land the weekend accer. Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Tottenham and Liverpool are the selections, the payout is an increasingly plummeting 45/one.
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Gerry McDonnell dabbles in football odds compilation, journalism and orphan rescue.