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A Little Wayne Never Hurt Anyone

As much as I enjoy my position as the country`s leading football betting scribe, I occasionally yearn for the more glamorous world of investigative journalism.

When news broke that David Moyes had initiated legal proceedings against Wayne Rooney for alleging that his ex-boss leaked tales of his 'cash for a rash` habit; I sensed my opportunity.

To get to the bottom of the story, I knew I had to do everything that young Rooney did, with the exception of the old trout.

After conducting my initial enquiries, I can confirm that there are establishments that offer this kind of tawdry service, and they open on a Friday night, a Saturday morning and a Sunday afternoon. I`m not sure if these places are open in midweek, but my investigation is ongoing.

At this early stage, I wouldn`t like to put money on Moyes being successful in his action, as my overheads have left me virtually potless. I`ll try to recoup a little by backing Rooney`s United to see off the Moyes boys at 8/11.

It may sound ridiculous to claim that Watford have enjoyed their spell in the top flight, but some people welcome a spanking on a weekly basis. The Hornets will be getting tonked at Bramall Lane this week, 4/7 is lying on the table.

Manchester City haven`t scored a Premiership goal in front of their own supporters since New Years Day. Luckily for the Psycho, Aston Villa are the next visitors to Eastlands so Vassell is guaranteed a goal. The Villa are unbeaten in their last six matches; a draw looks the call at 9/4.

Jose Mourinho believes that Manchester United`s opponents are denied penalties as a result of a 'new rule`. The Special One is completely wrong on this one; that directive was introduced several years ago. I only have one rule this weekend, get on Chelsea at 1/3 to see off Bolton.

If i had to pick Wigan`s most consistent performer, I`d probably plump for the chairman; he`s been consistently wrong in every interview this season. West Ham can drag Wigan into the relegation battle at 12/5.

Charlton have one major advantage over their backdoor threatened rivals, they have the Bent lad up front. The classy hitman can help Charlton leave Ewood Park with a point at 5/2.

I was surprised that the tabloids found it newsworthy to reveal that the royal family are Arsenal fans. I`m pretty sure that Prince Philip supported the Gunners in last season`s Champions League final; I heard he wrote a note saying 'Get it done in Paris.` The Queen`s favourite team will put one over her favourite shopkeeper at 4/9.

Stevie Gerrard swapped shirts with Frank Lampard after Liverpool`s first leg defeat in their Champions League semi; he`s always had a soft spot for camping. The Reds will have one eye on the second leg; Portsmouth can land the upset at 11/4.

Reading were absolutely devastated when Newcastle won from behind at St James` earlier in the season; nobody has regretted losing a lead in such a fashion since Helen Chamberlain`s ex-boyfriend. The Royals can gain revenge at 21/20.

Middlesbrough are having to plan for next season without Mark Viduka. Gareth Southgate is said to be quite disappointed; but it`s Christmas come early for the catering department. Backing the draw between Boro and Spurs at 12/5 will make us all feel that little bit happier.

Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Reading form a 14/1 weekend accer that is so liberating, I`ve finally realised that the female of the species is not a commodity that can be bought and sold. Renting remains a viable alternative.

Weekend Betting:

Chelsea v Bolton
Saturday 28th April 12:45
Live on Sky

Chelsea 1/3
Draw 4/1
Bolton 10/1

Get on: Chelsea

Match Special:
Lampard to score from outside the penalty area 7/2

Everton v Man Utd
Saturday 28th April
12:45 Live on Sky

Everton 4/1
Draw 13/5
Man Utd 8/11

Get on: Man Utd

Match Special:
Rooney to score the first goal 5/1

Blackburn v Charlton
Saturday 28th April 15:00

Blackburn 5/4
Draw 5/2
Charlton 11/4

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Darren Bent to score in a 1-1 draw 17/1

Man City v Aston Villa
Saturday 28th April 15:00

Man City 13/10
Draw 9/4
Aston Villa 23/10

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Vassell and Carew both to score 9/1

Middlesbrough v Tottenham
Saturday 28th April 15:00

Middlesbrough 17/10
Draw 12/5
Tottenham 8/5

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Match to finish either 1-1 or 2-2 4/1

Portsmouth v Liverpool
Saturday 28th April 15:00

Portsmouth 11/4
Draw 12/5
Liverpool 5/4

Get on: Portsmouth

Match Special:
Taylor to score the only goal of the game 105/1

Sheff Utd v Watford
Saturday 28th April 15:00

Sheff Utd 4/7
Draw 3/1
Watford 5/1

Get on: Sheff Utd

Match Special:
Sheffield United to keep a clean sheet 10/11

Wigan v West Ham
Saturday 28th April 15:00

Wigan 13/10
Draw 12/5
West Ham 12/5

Get on: West Ham

Match Special:
Tevez to score at any time 12/5

Arsenal v Fulham
Sunday 29th April 16:00
Live on Sky

Arsenal 4/9
Draw 7/2
Fulham 9/1

Get on: Arsenal

Match Special:
Arsenal to win by two or more goals 6/5

Reading v Newcastle
Monday 30th April 20:00 Live on Sky

Reading 21/20
Draw 12/5
Newcastle 3/1

Get on: Reading

Match Special:
Doyle to score two or more goals 11/2


By Gerry McDonnell




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Date:Thursday April 26 2007

Time: 3:53PM

Your Comments

I can't believe he thinks we going to beat Livers. Still, worth a pop.
Lysimachus
They just might have their minds on the Chelski game on Tuesday. They have qualified for next seasons Champions league, so this game is quite meaningless. We have a go at them like we did against the Mancs & we have a very good chance.
storagematt
Go for Euro Pompey
Mudhara
I was sure we would beat United and we did and I feel sure we can beat Liverpool and Arsenal as well... I think we'll start with a win on Saturday as Liverpool will definitely have a focus on next weeks CL semi 2nd leg wont they...
pompeyrug
We will win and close the gap on Bolton who have a tough encounter this week
Mudhara
Pompey 1-2 Liverpool me thinks. I'd love to be proved wrong.
The Rabbi
i'll be having a fiver on Matt taylor to score the only goal at 105/1.
The Rabbi
I can see us sneaking it
russellm
although it seems the club have knocked back the idea of the Intertoto and Uefa for a publicity tour in asia
russellm
 

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