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The Bookies Still Don't Take Liverpool Seriously

Liverpool gave a great performance yesterday, thrashing Newcastle 5-1 at their own backyard, Shay Given being man of the match. Still, the latest odds from WillHill indicate that they regard now United as the favourites for the title.

Many were made of Chelsea's new manager; pundits predicted the Blues would sweep the floor with Scolari in charge as these inexperienced wannabes like Wenger and Ferguson have no chance against the mighty Brazilian.

It only goes to show that journos are stupid. Chelsea are by no means invincible, they are not on course to win the title by a massive margin as a few have predicted. Credit to their real fans though who refused to buy into the hype even when they were thrashing everyone.

Yesterday Chelsea were unconvincing at Fulham and though two lucky goals gave them a lead they were pegged back at the end and dropped two more valuable points. The result? You would think that now Liverpool are the title favourites. Bookies think no: they regard Manchester United as the main contender now.

Of course, what bookies say is largely irrelevant though I must say, their odds usually better reflect the chances then media opinion (if I recall correctly, at the start of last season Chelsea and United were the favourites for the Champions League and we all know where it ended). But it's worth a laugh: Liverpool scored eight goals in two games, top the table, currently ten points clear of us yet it's United who are installed as new favourites after squeezing past Stoke with a thoroughly unconvincing display.

With three home games in hand and with our excellent home form to take into account, it's no surprise that the reigning champions are still regarded as favourites. Now the job is to prove that we are worthy of this tag and make the most of the fact that we have the easiest fixture list by far in the second half of the season.

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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 29 2008

Time: 10:03AM

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No one did take Arsenal seriously last year and Wenger is actually experienced at winning prem trophies. No surprise here.
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29/12/2008 11:10:00

its definately largely irrelevant to what the bookies says as mentioned above. its basically just an opinion and if it as a liverpool fan's opinion then it would obviously be different. not to mention the bookies opinions changes through out the season.
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29/12/2008 15:08:00

Just a quick question... Why are all the Man Utd players and their supporters so ugly? It's unbelievable, how can so many people be so unlucky and live in such an ugly grotty city too?
Dorset Red
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29/12/2008 18:20:00

'ugly rotten city'?? For your sake, I hope you don't live in Liverpool!
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29/12/2008 19:14:00

ok let's play spot the flying elbow during tonight's game, if the game isn't quite going Fergie's way after 30 minutes and Boro don't lie down like they ought to. Or an impetuous kick out after a hard but fair tackle. A scowling "***** off" aimed at an opponent or a linesman, or chasing the ref 4 or 5 players for 20 yards. Worst is, you know it's coached into this scum. Its a clear tactic. The hate is justified kids - please don't delude yourself by putting it down to jealousy. Take a look at your club. It stinks.
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29/12/2008 19:56:00

I fail to see what that has ANYTHING to do with the article! But at this point, I'm used to idiots coming on here to just senselessly mouth off and leaving. Another example is Dorset's comment - we are the club everone loves to hate but I like to win more than having unecessary arguments. Yes Rooney and Ronaldo did have some behavorial problems but the majority of the players in our squad arent what you're describing so that character assassination about our club is unfounded begs of a lonely ***** looking for attention! Please off you go, you're not welcome on here!
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29/12/2008 22:29:00

They should reckon they can do the Double League and Champions League.
Tiny T
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29/12/2008 23:53:00

FAO FU - re. my post's relevance. What about an article where fans can show their concern over your players' and boss' behaviour? Nah, thought not. This site's too busy with bed-wetting 14 year-olds chanting "World Champions" (who was it you beat again!?) than discussing a continuing threat to your club's once great reputation!
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30/12/2008 10:51:00

Howard - If you care so much about such an article, CREATE IT! Who's stopping you!? But if you have nothing SENSIBLE to say about a particluar article, then why bother? Its not like we don't know what every fan out there thinks about our players or team? As a United fan of 18 years, I've heard it all! Thing is.......if we cared about that, we wouldnt be able to live our lives, so we let you talk and we just focus on winning!
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30/12/2008 18:25:00

Tell me, why not headline your article "United favourites for the title"? Seems you'd prefer to wind up the scousers to post. It worked, so why whinge? Anyway, it's clear that your cage is well and truly rattled, so my work is done here. Happy new year.
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