Weekly Betting Preview

Social Sharing: 

Happy New Year. Hope you had a good one and that your resolutions are going better than mine. Unfortunately I fell from grace (don't know what she was doing there) and watched two episodes of The Gilmore Girls on Wednesday which I know is not good for my blood pressure, but there are days when I insist one is just not enough. I have said it before but I have vowed to seek medical help/counselling.

\n

Villa entertain the Baggies in today's early kick off and betdirect offer a punitive but realistic 2/5 that Martin O'Neill's side maintain their Champions League push against an Albion side who are 8/1 to cause a lunchtime shock with the draw at 10/3. Luke Moore's goalscoring exploits can hardly be described as prolific so far this season but the former Villan is 10/1 to net first this afternoon with Curtis Davies, also playing against his old team, a 25/1 shot.

\n

Many consider the newly promoted pair Albion and Stoke as certainties to face the drop. I'm not so sure but the latest prices to be relegated from the PL are:

\n

    \n
  • Albion ¼
  • \n

  • Stoke ¼
  • \n

  • Blackburn 5/2
  • \n

  • Pompey 5/2
  • \n

  • West Ham 7/2
  • \n

  • Sunderland 7/2
  • \n

  • Bolton 4/1
  • \n

  • Hull 4/1
  • \n

  • Borough 9/2
  • \n

  • Newcastle 11/2
  • \n

  • Spurs 12/1
  • \n

  • 14s bar.
  • \n

\n

If you are convinced Albion and Stoke are doomed you could do worse than take the enhanced double of 21/10 with betdirect that both Villa and Liverpool (at Stoke) win their respective games today. There is also an enhanced treble of 9/4 for Arsenal (home to Bolton), Everton (home to Hull) and Liverpool (at Stoke) to win today's games and that also looks a fair bet.

\n

Blues have added Lee Bowyer to their ranks ahead of today's visit to the seaside and a Blackpool side without a win in over a month. Title rivals Wolves could only gain a point at Bloomfield Road over the Xmas period, however, and Blues will surely face a backlash from the Tangerines following their FA Cup humiliation at Torquay. Blues are 11/10 to gain all 3 points with the draw at 9/4 and the hosts 12/5.

\n

Phil Taylor is due in Gibraltar next weekend to play a couple of “floor tournaments”. I am due to commentate on the Finals of both events but I have been panicking as to what to call the Great Man when I meet him again. In the end I have gone for a quick but definite curtsy followed by a “Good afternoon Your Powerness” I think that'll do the trick; nice and understated.

\n

On a more serious note we are betting 25/1 that Taylor wins the eight live major TV tournaments culminating in the 2010 World Championship at Ally Pally. He is light years ahead of his rivals at present but can he sustain his current brilliance for another 12 months?

\n

We know how Steven Gerrard entertained himself over the Xmas period but young footballers are generally regarded as a lusty lot and we are asking punters which of the WAG's below will (if any) get pregnant first in 2009? We bet:

\n

    \n
  • None 2/1
  • \n

  • Coleen Rooney 9/4
  • \n

  • Carly Zucker 3/1
  • \n

  • Cheryl Cole 6/1
  • \n

  • Alex Curran 10/1
  • \n

  • Abi Clancy 16/1
  • \n

  • Victoria Beckham 25/1
  • \n

\n

As well as Celebrity Big Brother (Verne Troyer 5/4 favourite) we have betting on Dancing On Ice which returns to our screens this weekend. Ray Quinn who is reported to have worked well is the 3/1 jolly and that might be the smallest sporting double of 2009!!

\n

Denman is reported to be on track for his belated seasonal reappearance at Newbury next month and with connections confirming that he will run in the Grand National as well as defending his Gold Cup crown, betdirect are offering 14/1 that Denman becomes the first horse since Golden Miller in 1934 to win the Gold Cup and Grand National in the same year.

\n

I was very taken with the win of Merchant Paddy at Naas last weekend and think he can take the step up in class in his stride at Leopardstown tomorrow where Psycho looks to have been laid out for the Pierse Hurdle. Tarkamara will appreciate the return to a mile at Gt Leighs tomorrow whilst if there is any money for Moncadou at Carlisle I suggest we take the hint.

\n

For all your sporting odds this weekend check out betdirect.net or ring 0800 211 222

\n

Be lucky

\n

Charlie