Below is Gerry's Premier League football betting preview for the weekend Sat 24th to Sun 25th November 2007.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
Ive never really saw the point in children. I can appreciate their usefulness when theyre big enough to nip down to the off-license, but Im not sure if that justifies the £10 a year it costs to clothe them. My little Goliath has been playing up recently. The wife has the cheek to say he takes after his father, although that does boil down to guesswork on her part. Ive gone out of my way to try and bond with the lad in an attempt to curb his misbehaviour. I even tried to connect with my feminine side; but I had to call it a day when my phone bill went through the roof. I guess the problem lies in the fact that we have very little in common. The only sport that interests the little man is wrestling; as the sight of a horizontal 20 stone freak reminds him of his mother. I just wish we had a relationship where we could share more with each other; like the Allardyces.
Big Sam must be regretting his claim that Rafa Benitez should be sacked as a result of poor Premiership form. You dont have be a whiny Canadian dwarf to appreciate the irony. The 11/10 for a Liverpool win over Newcastle is positively gargantuan.
Wayne Rooney is studying English literature in a noble attempt to further his education. Id love to hear his thoughts on Wheres Spot and The Cat in the Hat. Rooneys home-study may well lead to a GCSE: grandmothers can sleep easily. Im getting up early to take 1/2 for a Manchester United win over Bolton.
I was looking forward to previewing the West Ham v Tottenham match, as Lennon and McCartney may share the same stage. Unfortunately, Ive received a legal document informing me that I must address them as McCartney and Lennon. The 13/8 for a Tottenham win over West Ham is out of order.
Call me a lunatic conspiracy theorist; but is it a coincidence that a week after Frank Lampard admitted to being a Tory, he helped lead England out of Europe. I dont need a referendum to accept 2/7 for a Chelsea win over Derby.
Blackburn are still embarrassed about David Bentleys name being spelt incorrectly on the back of his shirt. The kit-man must regret asking for help from Robbie Savage. 11/5 for a Fulham win over Blackburn will spell a tidy profit.
Roy Keane is a promising young manager; hes promising to knock out a number of his players if they dont show a dramatic improvement. Im piling into the 11/4 for a Sunderland draw at Everton.
Im a sucker for a worthy cause, so im determined to raise £10,000 to aid research into the negative impact of reality TV on minor celebrities. I intend to take a hands-on role in the campaign; I hope to probe Sophie Anderton. Backing Manchester City at 8/13 against Reading will undoubtedly add to the kitty.
Mad Dave Whelan may have made a mistake in hiring the aesthetically challenged Steve Bruce. If their style of football proves as pleasing to the eye as the new manager; the supporters are going to see more long balls than Abigail Clancy. Im looking up to the 1/6 for an Arsenal win over Wigan.
When Birmingham first poached Steve Bruce, they agreed to a clause allowing his former employers 15% of any future sell-on fee. A windfall of £450,000 will prove invaluable to the struggling Safari Park. Portsmouth will run wild against Birmingham at 7/5.
Im quietly confident that Aston Villa will leave Middlesbrough with their customary three points. There is a question-mark over who will score the goals for the Villans, as Liam Ridgewell is unavailable. Ill take a calculated risk at 17/10.
Ive offered to take little Goliath to a Premier League match if he improves his behaviour, but the little runt has asked to watch wrestling instead. In a compromise that suits both parties, Ive promised him a trip to watch England play football at Wembley; so we can both watch a group of sportsmen who arent really trying.
Accer of the week:
Arsenal, Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham form an 11/1 accer that can lead to a down payment on the train fare.
Newcastle v Liverpool Saturday 24th November 12:45 Live on Sky
Get on: Liverpool
Match Special: Torres to score the first goal 11/2
Arsenal v Wigan Saturday 24th November 15:00
Get on: Arsenal
Match Special: Arsenal to win and keep a clean sheet 8/11
Birmingham v Portsmouth Saturday 24th November 15:00
Get on: Portsmouth
Match Special: Portsmouth to score three or more goals 11/2
Bolton v Man Utd Saturday 24th November 15:00
Man Utd 1/2
Get on: Man Utd
Match Special: Ronaldo to score direct from a free kick 9/1
Everton v Sunderland Saturday 24th November 15:00
Get on: Draw
Match Special: Kenwyne Jones to score in a 1-1 draw 20/1
Man City v Reading Saturday 24th November 15:00
Man City 8/13
Get on: Man City
Match Special: Petrov to score the only goal of the game 33/1
Middlesbrough v Aston Villa Saturday 24th November 15:00
Aston Villa 17/10
Get on: Aston Villa
Match Special: Agbonlahor to score with a header 8/1
Derby v Chelsea Saturday 24th November 17:15 Live on Setanta
Get on: Chelsea
Match Special: Lampard to score from outside the penalty area 7/2
West Ham v Tottenham Sunday 25th November 13:30 Live on Sky
West Ham 9/5
Get on: Tottenham
Match Special: Lennon to score at any time 11/2
Fulham v Blackburn Sunday 25th November 16:00 Live on Sky
Get on: Fulham
Match Special: Healy to score the last goal 7/1