Below is Gerry's Premier League football betting preview for the weekend Sat 11th to Sun 12th August 2007.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
When the wife was pregnant with little Goliath, she asked if Id still find her attractive when she put on weight. More weight, I instinctively corrected. Its perfectly understandable if a ladys weight yo-yos after such a stressful event, but with the wife, it merely yod. Theres no excuse for a Premiership footballer to tubby up in such an outlandish fashion, so I hope theres no truth to the rumours emanating from Ewood Park. Its alleged that a number of senior pros became hooked on pie and mash during the summer break. If the word on the street is correct, the players were so fixated with this culinary abomination, they stored a substantial amount of Fray Bentos pies in the club canteen. Mark Hughes was understandably livid when he discovered the secret stash and immediately placed a lock on the freezer. Robbie Savage considered the managers act a blatant violation of his civil liberties and threatened to leave the club if he wasnt granted immediate access to the forbidden pastries. Mark Hughes stood his ground though, and refused to release the pie-key. The 6/4 for Middlesbrough to open their campaign with a win over Blackburn is as delicious a treat as anything locked away in Sparkys freezer of shame.
I was quite surprised when the news broke that Robert Earnshaw had joined Derby; the little Welshman obviously misunderstood when asked if he would like to join the Rams. Earnie can help Derby take a point off Pompey at 9/4.
Roy Keane was a fierce competitor on the pitch: he went through more footballers than Gemma Atkinson. Hell need the same fighting spirit from his team when they face a formidable Tottenham side; Im tucking in to the Spuds at 13/10.
Newcastle have gone down the multinational road in their search for new signings. Big Sam has signed a Brazilian, a Spaniard, a Cameroonian, a Czech, an Aussie, an Englishman and a Scouser. It wouldnt surprise me if he made a move for the promising Russian international, Ivan Terbungoutofit. The Premier League computer has mischievously sent Newcastle to Bolton for their opening fixture; Big Sam has it in the bag at 2/1.
I have a lot of faith in Andy Magic Johnson, even though hes yet to master the staying on his feet trick. Ill be making the 8/11 for an Everton win over Wigan disappear.
If given the choice to play for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge or represent a George Bush 11 in Iran, Id probably plump for the latter as the risk of injury diminishes significantly. Jose must be cursed; Im taking Birmingham at 11/2 to snatch a shock draw.
Im finding it hard to pick a winner in the West Ham v Manchester City match. I asked the wife for her opinion, but shes also sitting on the fence. Im now praying for the draw at 9/4, as I need funds for a new fence.
Aston Villa supporters could not be happier with the progress made by Randy Lerner and Martin ONeill. The giant may still be sleeping, but hes being poked with a pointy stick. Villa are overpriced at 3/1 to kick the season off with a win over Liverpool.
Fulham fans must be devastated. Mohammed Al Fayed gave his manager the green light to sign established internationals; and Sanchez tucked him up on a technicality. The Cottagers have never won away at Arsenal; the Gooners are the weekend banker at 4/11.
I was disturbed to read that Wayne Rooney has outrageously had his chest waxed. Theres nothing wrong with connecting with your feminine side, but only when youre trying to find shelter for the little beard-hunter. Theres nothing camp about the 1/4 for a Manchester United win over Reading. I just hope Ryan Giggs doesnt follow Rooneys lead, as the repercussions of dwindling wax reserves could prove catastrophic for small businesses.
Accer of the week:
A little accer on Tottenham, Aston Villa, Arsenal and Manchester United at 13/1 will offer a lifeline to those most under threat.
Sunderland v Tottenham Saturday 11th August 12:45 Live on Sky
Get on: Tottenham
Match Special: Berbatov to score the only goal of the game 28/1
Bolton v Newcastle Saturday 11th August 15:00
Get on: Newcastle
Match Special: Viduka to score at any time 5/2
Derby v Portsmouth Saturday 11th August 15:00
Get on: Draw
Match Special: Earnshaw to score in a 1-1 draw 20/1
Everton v Wigan Saturday 11th August 15:00
Get on: Everton
Match Special: Everton to win and keep a clean sheet 9/5
Middlesbrough v Blackburn Saturday 11th August 15:00
Get on: Middlesbrough
Match Special: Tuncay to score the first goal 17/2
West Ham v Man City Saturday 11th August 15:00
West Ham 6/5
Man City 3/1
Get on: Draw
Match Special: Match to finish either 1-1 or 2-2 7/2
Aston Villa v Liverpool Saturday 11th August 17:15 Live on Setanta
Aston Villa 3/1
Get on: Aston Villa
Match Special: Carew to score with a header 6/1
Arsenal v Fulham Sunday 12th August 12:00
Get on: Arsenal
Match Special: Arsenal to score four or more goals 4/1
Chelsea v Birmingham Sunday 12th August 13:30 Live on Sky
Get on: Draw
Match Special: Birmingham to score one goal or more 11/8
Man Utd v Reading Sunday 12th August 16:00 Live on Sky
Man Utd 1/4
Get on: Man Utd
Match Special: Tevez and Rooney both to score 5/1