We were today counting the cost of our Champions League concession as we refunded punters their losing stake on the correct score following last night's offer of giving back all losing correct score wagers on the match if either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi scored the last goal in 90 mins.
Newcastle United are 8/15 to be relegated on Sunday when they visit Villa Park and a game they must win to have a realistic chance of maintaining their Premier League status. Alan Shearer has only won one game from nine starts as Geordie boss and the Magpies face a difficult ask at Villa who will be looking to overhaul Everton in the battle for fifth-place.
One lucky Greek football punter had a weekend he will never forget when he placed a €5 accumulator on the outcome of eight European football matches across across France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. This morning he will have woken up to find himself €32,804.60 better off!!!
Blues remain 8/11 to gain automatic or promotion via the Play-Offs to the Premier League despite last week’s dramatic loss to Preston North End. Alex McLeish’ side are 15/8 to get all three points at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow with Reading 6/5 favourites and the draw at 12/5.
I watched an old episode of The Young Ones recently and thought how dated it looked. At the time I remember thinking it irreverent and brilliant; now I would put it in Division 1 of my history of British comedy far removed from the Premier League (Father Ted, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder and The Office would be the Big Four by the way).
I'm reliably informed by my mate Rob McCaffrey (ex Sky Sports but now presents the Premier League coverage on Star Sports throughout the Middle East from Dubai) that the Villa (and Pompey) boys will be met with beautiful sunshine on their break in the United Arab Emirates.
The sale of Emile Heskey and Wilson Palacios and the injury to Antonio Valencia may have weakened the Wigan side that travel to Villa Park this afternoon but the Latics showed against Liverpool midweek that they remain the most resilient of sides and Steve Bruce would, alongside Martin O'Neill and David Moyes, be my choice for potential Manager Of The Year.
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.
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