The decision to disallow Cheick Tiote’s goal for Newcastle against Manchester City is certainly the worst I have seen of its kind, and it was hardly surprising that Alan Pardew lost his rag somewhat.
Bookmakers are betting on how many losses Manchester United are going to suffer in the league this season, with Paddy Power going 11/4 that they will be beaten eight times and 11/4 nine times.
Sam Allardyce’s men have shipped a few goals lately but if we take away their four games against the current top four, West Ham have conceded only 17 goals in 16 games against top flight opposition.
During the 2005 Ashes series, Shane Warne bowled a bouncer outside off-stump to Kevin Pietersen, a ball that the was watched through with a smirk, followed by wry smiles and giggles all round.
Almost to a man the bookmakers are targeting this game with special offers. Ladbrokes offer a free bet up to £50 for new accounts using the code F50.
There are bundles of Luis Suarez markets out there at the moment, indeed I highlighted yesterday that I think that Paddy Power’s 7/2 offer that the Uruguayan outscores England at the World Cup looks value.
The draw for the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup has seen Manchester City go slightly odds on, but at 10/11 they look a good bet to me.
One of the main beneficiaries of the Champions League draw looks to me to be Real Madrid and I’m quite surprised they have not shortened a little bit more in the betting.
Well England have got themselves into a fine mess in Australia haven’t they – 2-0 down already, can’t handle Mitchell Johnson and now they head to his home ground – the Waca – where England haven’t won since the Old King died.
Arsenal need to avoid getting thumped 3-0 or worse in Napoli to go through and you would think in the form they are in they will get the job done.
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