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.
I think I will leave Manchester United alone on the betting front for a while. I went against them at Bayer Leverkusen but thought that performance was a turning point for them, and subsequently backed them to beat Everton! Back to the drawing board.
The convoluted two-hour draw for the World Cup takes place tomorrow afternoon and Paddy Power go 100/1 that England end up in what’s already being called ‘The Group Of Death’.
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