Below is Gerry's Premiership football betting preview for the weekend Sat 24th to Sun 25th February 2007.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
Mark Twain once said that golf is a good walk spoiled; it is if a driver has been wrapped around your kneecaps. The always controversial Craig Bellamy allegedly thrust his wood in the direction of John Arne Riise after a heavy night on the ale. Personally, i blame Jermaine Pennant; he started all this drinking and driving. What most surprised me about the incident was the silence of the new American owners. As Bellamy swung the club, Id have expected a shout of You da man or Get in the hole. Incredibly, the blaze of publicity has improved team morale. Bellamy and Riise both found the net in midweek; Im definitely putting my wedge on Liverpool sinking Sheffield United at 4/11.
The row over a karaoke machine was so ridiculous; it reminded me of when the wife attacked me over something minor. In my defence, she told me she was 21. Im piling into the 21/10 about Reading beating up Middlesbrough.
I found it outrageous that Gary Neville was struck by a missile in midweek. I remember Robbie Fowler was involved in a similar incident a few years ago, but the Scousers throw ended up well short of the target. Im throwing my dough on United to beat Fulham at 1/2.
Defeat for either side in the Charlton v West Ham match spells almost certain relegation and an estimated £50m loss. The stakes are so high; Pete Doherty is taking an interest. On recent form and with home advantage, you have to fancy Charlton at 13/10. The Egg man will have to sell a shed-load of biscuits to recoup that amount of cash; hes looking at two hours of trading after a Babyshambles gig.
Somewhat embarrassingly, I used to be an altar boy in my youth. I initially decided that a lifetime of celibacy was not for me; but after sleeping with the wife for six years, Im reconsidering my position. Everton can leave the Vicarage with three points at 11/8.
Sam Allardyce has spoken of his fears for the future of English football, as the youth of today are fat and lazy. Frank Lampard is in consultation with his brief. Spurs must be backed at a chunky 11/10 to devour Bolton.
Emre has allegedly pleaded with Galatasaray to rescue him from his Newcastle nightmare. The sight of those shivering, shirtless Frank Lampard look-alikes in the crowd has finally broken the poor mans spirit. Im putting my shirt on a Wigan win over Newcastle at 8/5.
Lets hope that Benjani is not relying on a goal scoring bonus to pay off his mortgage, or hell soon be knocking on the door of Robbie Savages caravan. Im travelling to the bookies to get on Blackburn at 13/10 to see off Pompey.
The Arsenal team were delighted to receive the honour of an audience with the Queen. Jens Lehmann was particularly excited, but thats understandable as hes a compatriot. The Queen looked more than happy to meet up with Freddie Ljungberg. For some strange reason, I cant imagine Liz as a normal passionate woman. My reticence may be born out of respect for her position as the head of state, or it could be the fact that shes a double-bagger. Nothing would please me more than seeing the young Gunners lift the Carling Cup (except for the wife leaving), but from a punting perspective, the value lies with Chelsea at 6/5 to win the match in 90 minutes.
For the more conservative bettors, Chelsea should be backed at 8/13 to get their hands on the first silverware of the season; if we choose to disregard Craig Bellamys handcuffs.
The accer this week is so conciliatory, Liverpool FC have announced a long overdue golf club amnesty.
Wigan, Blackburn, Tottenham and Chelsea are the selections, the payout is an amicable 25/1.
Fulham v Man Utd Saturday 24th February 12:45 Live on Sky
Man Utd 1/2
Get on: Man Utd
Match Special: Rooney to score two or more goals 5/1
Charlton v West Ham Saturday 24th February 15:00
West Ham 2/1
Get on: Charlton
Match Special: Rommedahl to score at any time 4/1
Liverpool v Sheff Utd Saturday 24th February 15:00
Sheff Utd 10/1
Get on: Liverpool
Match Special: Gerrard to score from outside the penalty area 9/2
Middlesbrough v Reading Saturday 24th February 15:00
Get on: Reading
Match Special: Reading to score three or more goals 13/2
Watford v Everton Saturday 24th February 17:15 Live on Premiership Plus
Get on: Everton
Match Special: Cahill to score the only goal of the game 28/1
Wigan v Newcastle Sunday 25th February 13:00
Get on: Wigan
Match Special: Aghahowa to score the first goal 7/1
Blackburn v Portsmouth Sunday 25th February 15:00
Get on: Blackburn
Match Special: Blackburn to win and keep a clean sheet 5/2
Tottenham v Bolton Sunday 25th February 15:00
Get on: Tottenham
Match Special: Berbatov to score with a header 9/2
Chelsea v Arsenal Carling Cup Final Sunday 25th February 15:00 Live on Sky
Get on: Chelsea
Match Special: Drogba to score in a 2-0 Chelsea win 16/1