Below is Gerry's Premier League football betting preview for the weekend Sat 18th to Sun 19th August 2007.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
The mobile phone has been heralded as a great invention, but I automatically frown upon any tool that encourages spousal interaction. I remember my feeling of angst as my circle of friend embraced the technological breakthrough. Even my old man joined in, and hes a complete technophobe; he once sold his television because a little fellow in the corner of the screen was making hand signals towards him. The wife shares my disdain for this evil apparatus. I really felt for her when she realised her fingers were too chunky for the keypad: she wasnt too upset though, she has the same problem with the landline. After several years of steadfast resistance, I finally caved. Im now the proud owner of a phone that can take photos, record video, play music, cook dinner and nip down the offy; the only thing it cant do is make a telephone call without crackling like a pensioner.
My decision to join the mobile revolution has paid off handsomely as I now have access to Frank TV. Im a real Lampard fan; I even subscribe to his popular video hosting website, YouTub. Im looking forward to watching Frank strut his considerable stuff at Anfield on Sunday. Chelsea are an outstanding bet at 2/1 as Liverpool will be without their star performer from last weeks win over the Villa; theyll really miss young Riley.
Losing Wayne Rooney to a long term injury would normally be catastrophic, but when you have Carlos Tevez waiting in the wings, the blow is considerably softened. Tevez is almost a clone of Rooney, only without the excess fat; although I should congratulate her on landing her own TV show. Carlos is big enough and unquestionably ugly enough to nullify the loss of Rooney and Ronaldo, United must be backed at 4/5 to take the derby day honours.
Jens Lehmann will still be seething after his opening day gaffe. The excitable German couldnt have looked more like a clown without a pair of giant shoes, a ginger wig and Fergies nose. Im raising a smile to the gargantuan 5/4 for an Arsenal win over Blackburn.
Even though Bolton are pointless after two matches, the wife is convinced that Sammy Lee will stick with the same team for the trip to Fratton Park. I overheard her on the phone to her mother complaining that hes not big enough to touch the side. Pompey are a great shout at 10/11 to take advantage.
I had to laugh when I heard Lawrie Sanchez accuse Arsenal players of simulation. Bairds challenge on Hleb was probably the most gratuitous trip since the Tony Blair era. Im falling over the 5/4 for a Fulham win over the Boro.
Roy Keane has launched an astonishing tirade against footballers wives for wielding too much influence. What Roy fails to realise is that modern day relationships are a true partnership, where ideas are exchanged in a frank and open manner until the male gets knocked out. The 11/5 for a Sunderland win over Wigan is particularly tasty.
Tottenhams transfer policy has left me decidedly perplexed. To spend £16.5m on what should be your 4th choice striker is particularly puzzling, especially when your midfield is in worse shape than Amy Winehouse. Derby have to be backed at 3/1 to take a point from the Lane.
Its been announced that Joey Bartons trial for an alleged attack on a former team-mate will commence on October 4th. Im guessing the six-week delay is to allow the prosecution enough time to catalogue his previous form. I cant wait to take the evens for a Newcastle win over Villa.
I remember when Craig Bellamy found himself in the dock after a nightclub ruck with a young female reveller. One witness testified that he was so out of control, she struggled to pull him off: weve all been there after a few ales. A little punt on the Hammers leaving St Andrews with a point at 9/4 will prove uplifting.
For Steve Coppell, an outbreak of 2nd season syndrome is the greatest threat to the dressing room since bird flu, although in the interest of fairness, Bellamy was acquitted. Reading can repel the mangers fears by taking a point off Everton at 9/4.
Accer of the week:
If my source is to be believed, Frank Lampard will be the next high profile footballer to be arrested. Senior police officials are considering charging him with possession of an offensive relative.
Portsmouth, Fulham, Manchester United and Arsenal form a 15/1 weekend accer that will raise funds for my campaign to free the Chelsea 1½.
Portsmouth v Bolton Saturday 18th August 12:45 Live on Sky
Get on: Portsmouth
Match Special: Nugent to score with a header 6/1
Birmingham v West Ham Saturday 18th August 15:00
West Ham 15/8
Get on: Draw
Match Special: Bellamy to score in a 1-1 draw 16/1
Fulham v Middlesbrough Saturday 18th August 15:00
Get on: Fulham
Match Special: Papa Bouba Diop to score at any time 5/1
Reading v Everton Saturday 18th August 15:00
Get on: Draw
Match Special: No goalscorer in the match 17/2
Tottenham v Derby Saturday 18th August 15:00
Get on: Draw
Match Special: Match to finish 1-1 or 2-2 9/2
Wigan v Sunderland Saturday 18th August 15:00
Get on: Sunderland
Match Special: Chopra to score two or more goals 10/1
Newcastle v Aston Villa Saturday 18th August 17:15 Live on Setanta
Aston Villa 10/3
Get on: Newcastle
Match Special: Newcastle to score three or more goals 4/1
Man City v Man Utd Sunday 19th August 13:30 Live on Sky
Man City 4/1
Man Utd 4/5
Get on: Man Utd
Match Special: Tevez to score direct from a free kick 9/1
Blackburn v Arsenal Sunday 19th August 15:00
Get on: Arsenal
Match Special: Arsenal to score a penalty 9/2
Liverpool v Chelsea Sunday 19th August 16:00 Live on Sky
Get on: Chelsea
Match Special: Lampard to score from outside the penalty area 5/1