Below is Gerry's Premier League football betting preview for the weekend Sat 20th to Mon 22nd October 2007.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
Ive never been a great fan of Steve McClaren, but its wholly unfair to place the blame for the death of English football at the feet of one hapless individual. Personally, I hold Frank Lampard solely responsible. he great and the good of the world of punditry, and David Platt, have all been quick to defend the tubby midfielder, claiming that criticism is unjustified. These washed-up has-beens have obviously forgotten his poor recent performances, his demand for respect rather than throwing his hands up, Frank TV, protracted contract negotiations, the 9/11 bevvy-up, the these are my people line, the undignified Hammer-bashing, the Super Goals advert and the Jamie Redknapp connection.
The woeful national anthem is also a contributory factor to our demise. I dont really understand why we need to pay homage to Ashley Cole. Looking forward, we should introduce a more upbeat tune that will help keep Frank Lampards feet on the ground. Lip up Fatty fits the bill perfectly. I cant keep quiet about the 11/4 for a draw between Middlesbrough and Chelsea.
After a dreadful start to the season with Bolton, little Sammy Lee is now searching for a new career. I suppose he could always become a jockey, like Ashley Cole. Im not horsing around with the 2/9 for an Arsenal win over Bolton.
Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez are not a striking partnership, in more ways than one. Aston Villa are an absolute beast in front of their own supporters, they look overpriced at 4/1 to land the shock.
The Royals really enjoyed their trip to Blackburn last season; it was probably funded by the tax-payer. Rovers have definitely improved since then, while Reading have gone backwards like a drunken crab. Ill happily take 8/11 about a Blackburn side on the up.
Fulham are a lot like Princess Diana. They looked good for a while, but theyve hit a wall. After six games without a win, a home match against Derby will reverse their fortunes at 3/4.
Its not been a good week for Ashley Cole. The controversial defender faces a prolonged spell out of the game, as his cushions no longer match his drapes. A defeat for Tottenham at Newcastle will spell curtains for Martin Jol; a hard earned point may be enough to prolong the agony at 23/10.
Steve Bruce has demanded face-to-face talks with Carson Yeung. The billionaire is no mug though; hes bringing a couple of paper bags with him. Theres no disguising the fact that Manchester City are a lock at 3/5 at home to Birmingham.
Benjani has now added goals to his repertoire: it now consists of goals. The 8/5 for a Pompey win over Wigan is everything you ever wanted in a football bet, and a little bit more.
Im not sure if I buy this new cuddly easy-going persona of Roy Keane. It wouldnt surprise me if the Sunderland manager was seen holding a hammer on the touchline, preferably Craig Bellamy. West Ham can send Keano closer to the edge at 10/11.
The Merseyside derby is probably the toughest nut to crack on the weekend coupon. I honestly dont know which set of supporters will be bragging at work on Monday morning; probably because the question is fundamentally flawed. I cant pick a hole in the 9/4 for a draw between Everton and Liverpool.
I only wish that footballers could follow the example of their rugby playing counterparts. Although in fairness, Ashley Cole is doing his bit. The English rugby team are shoo-ins at even money with a nine point start against South Africa in the World Cup final.
Lewis Hamilton has the world at his feet, unlike Frank Lampard, who has to rely on updates from helpful associates. The 2/5 for young Lewis clinching the drivers championship is more than fair. I think its time for the Frank Lampard bashing to cease. Nobody likes to see a fat kid get continually bullied, unless it has comedy value.
Accer of the week:
Arsenal, Blackburn, Fulham, Man City and West Ham form a 10/1 weekend accer whose worth is beyond question.
Everton v Liverpool Saturday 20th October 12:45 Live on Sky
Get on: Draw
Match Special: A red card to be shown in the match 11/4
Arsenal v Bolton Saturday 20th October 15:00
Get on: Arsenal
Match Special: Adebayor to score two or more goals 6/1
Blackburn v Reading Saturday 20th October 15:00
Get on: Blackburn
Match Special: Bentley to score at any time 4/1
Fulham v Derby Saturday 20th October 15:00
Get on: Fulham
Match Special: Fulham to win and keep a clean sheet 15/8
Man City v Birmingham Saturday 20th October 15:00
Man City 3/5
Get on: Man City
Match Special: Petrov to score the first goal 8/1
Middlesbrough v Chelsea Saturday 20th October 15:00
Get on: Draw
Match Special: No goalscorer in the match 11/1
Wigan v Portsmouth Saturday 20th October 15:00
Get on: Portsmouth
Match Special: Benjani to score in a 2-0 Pompey win 20/1
Aston Villa v Man Utd Saturday 20th October 17:15 Live on Setanta
Aston Villa 4/1
Man Utd 4/5
Get on: Aston Villa
Match Special: Ashley Young to score the only goal of the game 70/1
West Ham v Sunderland Sunday 21st October 16:00 Live on Sky
West Ham 10/11
Get on: West Ham
Match Special: West Ham to score three or more goals 7/2
Newcastle v Tottenham Monday 22nd October 20:00 Live on Sky
Get on: Draw
Match Special: Owen to score in a 1-1 draw 18/1