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’.
Everton have an awful record at Old Trafford and on a trappy Premier League card, one price that jumps out is being able to back David Moyes’ men at ¾ at home, especially with the possible return of Robin Van Persie.
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