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McCaffrey`s Gone Flat (Prem preview)

McCaffrey`s Gone Flat (Prem preview)

McCaffrey`s Gone Flat

You have to admire the Chinese. Their ability to knock up a wall and eat with sticks is impressive enough, but it`s their work in the field of insightful proverb creation where they truly excel.

'Give a man a fish and he`ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he`ll bore you in conversation` is one of theirs, and never a truer word was spoken.

Personally, the phrase i use most often is 'good things come in little packages`, but it is a blatant lie. Good things do come to those who wait though; and after a four year hiatus, the Premiership trophy is on its way back to Old Trafford.

United can wrap up the title at Eastlands against a Manchester City side who have only scored 10 goals at home all season. Another blank for Psycho`s mob will leave them with the worst record since the latest offering from the sexually ambiguous Robbie Williams. I`m only going one way in this match; United will see off a Barton-less City at 8/15.

It`s been another fantastic season for Sam Allardyce, if we choose to disregard the odd episode of Panorama. The threat of a Glasgow kiss has forced the big man to walk away from the Reebok; West Ham can take full advantage at 5/4.

The press believe that the Hammers were only spared a points deduction for rule-breaking as they pleaded guilty at the last minute. I guess throwing your hands up to a mistake is always the right course of action; I await a statement from Mr and Mrs McCaffrey. I`m admitting to a little interest in Tevez to score at any time at 15/8.

Arsenal and Chelsea meet for the first time since the Snarling Cup final where Adedayor saw red for looking like Eboue. An Arsenal win over a deflated Chelsea resembles value at 19/10.

I would hate to see anyone lose their job, with the possible exception of Tim Lovejoy, but the omens do not look good for Glenn Roeder. Fat Freddie has allegedly been courting Sven Goran Eriksson (It`s a step up for Sven after Ulrika) and Big Sam is also in the frame. A Newcastle win over Blackburn at 13/10 will keep Roeder in his position, for now.

Gareth Southgate is better than Pele; the Middlesbrough manager can keep Wood on a permanent basis. I`m getting up early to back Boro at 5/2 to beat Wigan.

A few members of the betting community are still sore with Harry Redknapp. It`s not a result of the great 'next Pompey manager` sting of 2005; it`s the fact that he`s almost certainly partly responsible for Jamie. All will be forgiven if Pompey leave Goodison Park with a point at 12/5.

The Villa have a 100% record at home to Sheffield United in the Premiership, but admittedly, that form is older than Helen Chamberlain. History is against the Blades, recent form is also against them, but perhaps most tellingly of all, the G man is against them. The Villa will turn it on at 11/10.

Lefty lunatic Michael Moore made the point that soldiers on the front line are rarely sons of influential people, but Prince Harry`s decision to toil for the oil has bucked that trend. His old man is understandably anxious though; keep your chin up Major. It`ll be a major surprise if Spurs fail to beat Charlton; I`m getting involved at a slick 7/5.

The last three matches between Reading and Watford may have finished goalless, but the Hornets are now easier to beat than a Frenchman in Manchester. The Royals can consolidate their UEFA Cup spot at a fighting 4/9.

Appointing a boss on a temporary basis can occasionally pay dividends, but Lawrie Sanchez is the worst caretaker since Ian Huntley. Liverpool have won their last two meets with Fulham by four clear goals, a great week for the Reds is about to get better at 13/10.

Banking the cash from last week`s winning accer may appeal to some, but I plan to roll over the profit like it was Kate Moss. Newcastle, Reading, West Ham and Aston Villa are the four good-things, the payout is a titillating 14/1.


Weekend Betting:

Man City v Man Utd
Saturday 5th May
12:45 Live on Sky

Man City 6/1
Draw 3/1
Man Utd 8/15

Get on: Man Utd

Match Special:
Ronaldo to score direct from a free kick 8/1

Everton v Portsmouth
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Everton Evs
Draw 12/5
Portsmouth 3/1

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
No goal scorer in the match 17/2

Fulham v Liverpool
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Fulham 12/5
Draw 12/5
Liverpool 13/10

Get on: Liverpool

Match Special:
Liverpool to score three or more goals 9/2

Newcastle v Blackburn
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Newcastle 13/10
Draw 12/5
Blackburn 21/10

Get on: Newcastle

Match Special:
Michael Owen to score the first goal 11/2

Reading v Watford
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Reading 4/9
Draw 7/2
Watford 15/2

Get on: Reading

Match Special:
Reading to win and keep a clean sheet 13/10

West Ham v Bolton
Saturday 5th May 15:00

West Ham 5/4
Draw 12/5
Bolton 12/5

Get on: West Ham

Match Special:
Tevez to score two or more goals 13/2

Wigan v Middlesbrough
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Wigan 5/4
Draw 12/5
Middlesbrough 5/2

Get on: Middlesbrough

Match Special:
Viduka to score at any time 5/2

Aston Villa v Sheff Utd
Saturday 5th May 17:15
Live on Premiership Plus

Aston Villa 11/10
Draw 12/5
Sheff Utd 11/4

Get on: Aston Villa

Match Special:
Aston Villa to win by two or more goals 3/1

Arsenal v Chelsea
Sunday 6th May 16:00
Live on Sky

Arsenal 19/10
Draw 23/10
Chelsea 13/8

Get on: Arsenal

Match Special:
Adebayor to score the only goal of the game 40/1

Charlton v Tottenham
Monday 7th May 20:00
Live on Sky

Charlton 21/10
Draw 5/2
Tottenham 7/5

Get on: Tottenham

Match Special:
Berbatov and Keane both to score 13/2

By Gerry McDonnell

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday May 3 2007
Time: 3:36PM

Comments

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A draw agaubst Evertib and a win against Arsenal is confident enough for skeptics, surely.
Lysimachus
03/05/2007 18:35:00
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What an interesting typo, 'against Everton'.
Lysimachus
03/05/2007 18:35:00
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If we get a draw at everton it will be 0-0 & a thank you to Jamo for another blinder.
storagematt
03/05/2007 19:21:00
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a draw with evertib wont be enough, at the moment reading and spurs look favourites. in anycase i undertsand we have knocked back the two bob cup in favour of a publicity trip to asia with liverpib and evertib
russellm
04/05/2007 00:17:00
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Keeping my fingers crossed guys. We need to beat Everton at whatever cost and Arsenal will give us a game. Euro???? YES
Mudhara
04/05/2007 09:03:00
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I didn't undertsand any of that talk on mersysib, russellm.
Lysimachus
04/05/2007 10:29:00
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Hey am told that Sol wont be playing coz of an Achilles. But I trust we can cope without him although he is a vital member of the team
Mudhara
04/05/2007 10:49:00
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A draw with Evertib isn't really much use to either side, but depending on other results - clutching at straws - it would certainly favour us as opposed to Evertib going into the final weekend... We'll come away from Mersysib with three points in any case...
pompeyrug
05/05/2007 10:40:00
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I still can't understand why we knocked back the two bob cup in favour of this Hong Kong tournament, the players all want Europe so I'm sure they wouldn't mind taking part in the two bob cup if it gave them a chance of getting in...
pompeyrug
05/05/2007 10:40:00
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