Below is Gerry's Premier League / FA Cup football betting preview for the weekend Sat 26th to Sun 27th January 2008.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
Statistics are normally my trusted ally, but even close friends can occasionally fall out. Research claims to prove that men are over 50% more likely to be involved in a road accident than women, but thats probably because theyve all been run over by dippy bints. Only last weekend, the wifes vertiginous nature led to a particularly bad smash. Betty was seriously shaken up, but luckily, a Scientologist was quickly on the scene. The incident would never have occurred if we lived in Saudi Arabia, as women are forbidden from driving by law. They must really respect their women to go to such lengths to keep them safe.
The Saudi ladies have many other social advantages. When Manchester United played their controversial testimonial in Riyadh, the women were all banned from the stadium; presumably to protect them from the shock of viewing Rooney and Tevez. I cant take my eyes off the 7/1 for a Tottenham win over a jetlagged United side. While the Saudi women lead a life of luxury, the men are treated incredibly shabbily. Islamic law allows the males to marry up to four wives: so you can understand why a minority go apocalyptic. Id consider destroying the West if I had to watch Eastenders four times a week.
Its not all doom and gloom for the men, as multiple weddings equate to multiple stag nights. Its a little bit different over there though: it takes the stripper 25 minutes to whip out her elbows. There wont be a Stag party when Mansfield face Middlesbrough, Southgates men will knock them out at a fundamentally sound 4/9.
Amy Winehouse can only look on in jealousy at the freedoms offered to the women of the Middle East. Amy cant even water her plants without being harassed by the man, although she has been overdoing it with the hosepipe lately. Ill be having the craic with the 5/6 for a Derby win over Preston.
The footballing world has changed dramatically since Kevin Keegan last flexed his managerial muscle. The game is now awash with American cowboys, and in a sign of solidarity with our friendly-firing brothers, Joey Barton now walks like John Wayne. I wont be backing Arsenal at 2/5 against Newcastle. The hell I wont.
Liverpool v Havant & Waterlooville is what the FA Cup is all about: its a bunch of nobodies getting spanked by a decent team. Bookies are as short as 1/100 about a Liverpool win, Ill play on the Reds -2.5 goals at a more punter friendly 1/2.
Wigan looked to have completed a canny piece of business with the signing of Wilson Palacios. The Honduran is nicknamed Harry Potter, a moniker earned when his brother disappeared. 8/15 for a Chelsea win over Wigan will be vanishing soon.
Mark Hughes is definitely a kind-hearted soul. He went face to face with Gareth Southgate last week, and he resisted the urge to laugh. Ill be smiling like a trout enthusiast around Leslie Ash when Aston Villa see off Blackburn at even money in the only Premier League fixture of the weekend.
Frankly, I was quite disturbed by the news that Leslie Ash pocketed £5m after contracting a bug while in hospital. Its not like Lee Chapman needs the money, he already owns a mobile exercise unit.
Accer of the week:
The controversial payout has led me to consider moving to the utopia that is Saudi Arabia. Naturally, this would lead to a conversion to Islam, which will conflict with my liberal beliefs. The wife would have to wear a veil though, so its swings and roundabouts.
Aston Villa, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Southampton and Watford form a 10/1 weekend accer that will pay for the necessary amount of tarpaulin.