Article by Gerry McDonnell
Iâ€™m all for great-natured banter at a football match, but supporters are beginning to overstep the line. Harry Redknapp commands respect from all the major gamers in the game, such as Frank Lampard and Jamie Redknapp, yet 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 Conclude outrageously proposed that Harry had bunged the referee. That accusation is entirely with no basis: Harry prefers goods 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 genuine, as itâ€™s an understandable reaction following Jamie.
A minority of supporters then disgracefully claimed that Harry would quickly be behind bars, partaking in specific actions in the shower location. Not only does this slur totally 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 5/2 for a Tottenham win more than Pompey.
The travelling Villa supporters will hopefully present a small far more restraint when about Roy Keane, as his desired technique of conflict resolution does not include complaining to selected media outlets. Iâ€™m spreading the phrase that 9/4 for a draw between Sunderland and the Villa seems to be rather tasty.
When it arrives to speaking to the BBC, Sam Allardyce is also a complete 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 around to get my fingers on the mammoth six/4 for a Fulham win about Newcastle.
Group news is probably the single most crucial issue in betting, right after current form 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. 4 of the final 6 Premier League meetings amongst the two giants have finished all square, so Iâ€™ll tentatively glimpse in the direction of the nine/four for a draw at this early stage.
Birmingham Town will undoubtedly have to strengthen their squad in January, and with Alex McLeish at the helm, I assume there to be a sturdy Scottish connection. Two names that right away spring to head are Miller and Becks. There is a player nicknamed â€˜Woodpeckerâ€™ who McLeish would love to signal, but heâ€™s tied up at Chelsea. Iâ€™m certainly connected to the five/4 for a Birmingham win around Studying.
Middlesbrough are a riddle, wrapped up in an enigma, shrouded in mystery, situated in a hole. Iâ€™m praying the Boro will produce their A-game versus the outclassed Derby at a greater than expected 7/five.
Lee Bowyer is on the verge of a return to action soon after recovering from Gilmoreâ€™s groin. It was a genuine surprise to me I imagined he just had a tear of the adductor muscular tissues. Folks need to be falling about themselves to get on 15/8 for an Everton win over West Ham.
Dressing-area dissent is on the rise at Wigan. 1 senior player is currently on Steve Bruceâ€™s again, and thatâ€™s not a place I would like to see anybody in. The player, who wishes to continue to be anonymous, has advised that Bruce is a lengthy-ball merchant. Paul Scharner continued, â€œIf we don’t adjust to enjoying football, then it will be really tough.â€ The only issue appealing at the JJB this weekend is the eleven/eight for a Blackburn win.
I watched in horror final weekend as Stephen Ireland committed what can only be described as a heinous crime: he appeared to be sporting a wig. Contact me old fashioned, but toupees are only acceptable for the bald and the ginger.
Letâ€™s be truthful, if Ireland is employing a piece, and it remains conjecture at this stage, it doesnâ€™t make him any less of a man. Only sporting a pink jumper on a night out will outcome in any extended-phrase loss of gentleman-points. Bolton have won their last 3 at Manchester Town, winning them all â€˜to nilâ€™. I refuse to cover up my interest in Megsonâ€™s men at 4/1.
Daily life is total of little coincidences. As Steven Gerrard was throwing himself to the ground in Marseille, his wife was getting turned over at property. There was also a burglary. Iâ€™m assisting myself to the thirteen/8 for a Liverpool win around Manchester United.
I hope Stevie can recover from the trauma, as I require the influential Scouser to win the â€˜battle of the internal-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 45/1.
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Gerry McDonnell dabbles in football odds compilation, journalism and orphan rescue.