Date:Thursday December 1 2005
I'm no stranger to pain; I once watched all of Soccer AM. The feeling of hopelessness I experienced that day is similar to the distress that Manchester United supporters now feel, as they face a future without Roy Keane.
Sir Alex believes that Alan Smith may be a long term replacement for the influential head-case, but Smithy is not a midfielder; he’s like the wife on our first date, a little forward.
Even with Smithy and Fletcher in the team, United are good things at home to Portsmouth. Unfortunately, the 1/5 on offer won’t make you rich, unless you’re Roman Abramovic or Rio Ferdinand.
Rio has admitted taking ballet lessons when he was younger; my wife was shocked by the irony of it all, as she used to be a quality centre back. Rio can be backed at 10/1 to break his goal scoring duck against Pompey, but beware; as an experienced ballet dancer, his celebration may involve two pirouettes and a leap. Not that I know what a pirouette is.
Paul Scholes is also overdue a goal, he hasn’t found the net in 19 games this season, a somewhat disappointing return for a goal scoring midfielder. The ginger lad is far more likely to find the back of the net, 9/4 is on the table.
Man Utd v Portsmouth Saturday 3rd December 17.15 Live on Premiership Plus
Man Utd 1/5
Get on: Man Utd
Other Odds For The Weekends Fixtures:
Liverpool v Wigan Saturday 3rd December 12.45 Live on Sky
Get on: Liverpool
Liverpool have kept 7 clean sheets in a row; Wigan have the best defensive record on the road, it’s a narrow home win.
Liverpool to win 1-0 6/1
Blackburn v Everton Saturday 3rd December 15.00
Get on: Everton
Everton have won three of their last four, all by a goal to nil. The worm has turned.
Cahill to score the only goal of the game 55/1
Bolton v Arsenal Saturday 3rd December 15.00
Get on: Draw
Bolton have only conceded one goal at home in the league all season, the lowest in the Premiership. Arsenal have won the same amount of games away from home as Sunderland; score draw.
Match to finish 2-2 14/1
Chelsea v Middlesbrough Saturday 3rd December 15.00
Get on: Chelsea
Chelsea won both matches against ‘Boro ‘to nil’ last season, Didier Drogba scored every goal. Will Mourinho let the Drog off his leash? As Crespo has scored in Chelsea’s last three matches, probably not.
Chelsea to win 3-0 13/2
Newcastle v Aston Villa Saturday 3rd December 15.00
Aston Villa 3/1
Get on: Newcastle
Man U are the only team to win at St James’ Park this season, file this one under ‘home banker’.
Newcastle to keep a clean sheet 11/10
Tottenham v Sunderland Saturday 3rd December 15.00
Get on: Tottenham
Sunderland have traveled to White Hart Lane in the Premiership five times, they’ve lost all five. Chelsea are the only team to have won at the Lane, Sunderland aren’t Chelsea.
Tottenham to win 2-0 11/2
West Brom v Fulham Saturday 3rd December 15.00
West Brom 5/4
Get on: Draw
The Baggies have turned on the style recently, scoring six goals in their last two league matches. Fulham’s wait for an away win looks set to continue.
Malbranque to score the last goal 11/1
It’s three defeats in a row for Pompey with no goals scored, it’s not the best time to be heading to Old Trafford. Rooney has ran the show in the last few matches, if he adds goals to his sparkling performances, he’ll be handy.
Wayne Rooney to score two or more goals 4/1
Charlton v Man City Sunday 4th December 16.00 Live on Sky
Man City 13/8
Get on: Charlton
When Charlton host Man City in the Premiership, there are always goals. With both teams out of form, the value lies with the home team at 11/8.
Charlton to win 2-1 8/1
Birmingham v West Ham Monday 5th December 20.00 Live on Sky
West Ham 7/4
Get on: West Ham
Three of the last four league matches at St Andrew’s have been won 1-0 by the away team. A pleasing stat.
West Ham to win 1-0 7/1
Date:Thursday December 1 2005
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