Below is Gerry's Premier League football betting preview for the weekend Sat 15th to Mon 17th March 2008.
The views expressed are solely those of the author.
Like Wayne Rooney, Im a lover of the old. Im never happier than when some wrinkled old seaside-bungalow hogger is regaling me with tales of a bygone age. If my old man is to be believed, and hes not, football was completely different in the old days. Goals were celebrated by a handshake, an assault on a goalkeeper was practically encouraged and heading the ball led to a short stay in hospital, which was basically a shed with a sponge. Im unsure of the best way of handling the elderly when they reach such a constant state of dull reflection, but only a fool should rule out euthanasia. It looks like Avram Grant will soon be put out of his misery; Sunderland can lend a helping hand at 7/1.
Mohammed Al Fayed is another pensioner who appears to have lost the plot. Hes gone from Coleman to Sanchez to Hodgson; hes only one step away from a Souness. Everton will make Fulham pay the ultimate price at 6/5.
Time has also caught up with the once sharp Harry Redknapp. The technophobic managers memory is in such a poor state, hes now being cordial to the BBC. The old people alliance will not be amused by this shock development. Ill be splitting my sides when the Villa leave Fratton Park with the win at 21/10.
If Derby are dead and Fulham are dying, then Newcastle have just found a rather large mole. I can certainly empathise; I wake up next to a large lump every morning. A bet on Birmingham to beat Newcastle at 13/10 will lead to a substantial growth in the betting bank.
Now that Rafa Benitez has finally came to his senses, Liverpools results have improved dramatically. I cant think of anyone who was a fan of the rotation policy, other than Alex Gerrard. Liverpool and Torres are on fire, Reading will feel the heat at 2/7.
I was not a happy bunny when Arsenal let me down for an accer last week. I havent felt such intense disappointment since Maggie Thatcher was released from hospital. The Gunners will almost certainly make amends at 2/7 against a goal-shy Middlesbrough.
I hold no grudge against Arsenal for their slip-up at Wigan: I know what its like to be tucked up by an ugly pitch. Bolton will also struggle at the JJB, Im siding with the draw at 23/10.
If David Bentley was made of chocolate, hed probably eat himself. Thats something I would never do - I refuse to queue-jump. People will be lining up to back Blackburn at 2/1 against a struggling West Ham.
I know pensioners enjoy a little whinge, but Sir Alex Ferguson took the art of complaining to a new level in last weeks extraordinary post-match interview. For me, Fergie has been on a slippery slope since that Pikey punched him in the nuts; shame on you Mr Savage. Fergie will get revenge when United ease past Derby at 1/5.
With old people, you have to be thankful for small mercies. I remember walking in on my old man as he watched Baywatch, and I was shocked to see his hand moving up and down on his lap. Fortunately, it was just Parkinsons. Tottenham are one win away from their 4th straight double over Manchester City; Ill be shaking if they fail to oblige at 9/5.
Accer of the week:
I speak in jest at the plight of the elderly, but its criminal that they have to live on such a pittance. I was left dumbstruck when I cashed in the old mans pension - I could only afford six cases of lager.
Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham and Birmingham form a pleasing 16/1 accer that will allow me the opportunity to pay him back in full. Maybe.
Derby v Man Utd Saturday 15th March 15:00
Man Utd 1/5
Get on: Man Utd
Liverpool v Reading Saturday 15th March 15:00
Get on: Liverpool
Portsmouth v Aston Villa Saturday 15th March 15:00
Aston Villa 21/10
Get on: Aston Villa
Sunderland v Chelsea Saturday 15th March 15:00
Get on: Sunderland
West Ham v Blackburn Saturday 15th March 15:00
West Ham 6/4
Get on: Blackburn
Arsenal v Middlesbrough Saturday 15th March 17:15 Live on Setanta
Get on: Arsenal
Fulham v Everton Sunday 16th March 13:30 Live on Sky
Get on: Everton
Wigan v Bolton Sunday 16th March 15:00
Get on: Draw
Man City v Tottenham Sunday 16th March 16:00 Live on Sky
Man City 13/8
Get on: Tottenham
Birmingham v Newcastle Monday 17th March 20:00 Live on Setanta
Get on: Birmingham