Saturday 22 September 2012

Week 6: Better late than never!

I did not get the chance to write the usual post-weekend analysis last week, so my apologies go out to the four people who are still reading.  It was a rather good weekend, with four of the seven results correct.  Thanks to the trebles bet I won £5.75, all of which shall be added to the Bobby Moore Fund collection.  So we not have a grand total of £7.50! Cancer beware, I am totally going to fund a cure with that money!

I am rather excited by this week's Gramblings... A total of 67 games to choose from and The Grambler has managed to select my two favourite teams in the same week, giving me all the more reason to be completely engrossed in this weekend's football action.  

The Almighty One has picked the following:  

Game 1: Derby County vs Burnley
Prediction: Draw

My old man is from Derby and gi old man is from Derby and his old man... well, that's all I know about my family tree.  When I was young 'un kicking a football about the school-yard at playtime, everyone wanted to be Eric Cantona, Alan Shearer or Gianfranco Zola.  I wanted to be Marco Gabbiadini.  Which is weird because not even Marco Gabbiadini wants to be Marco Gabbiadini.  I have always kept an eye out for them, and will be doing more-so this weekend whilst screaming "COME ON YOU RAMS, DRAW THIS ONE!"  Derby currently sit 12th in the Championship and have yet to lose at Pride Park.  Burnley are heading down the M1 (or A551 depending on which route the driver wants to take) without a single point away from home in three attempts this season.  Manager Eddie Howe has berated his side's lack of consistency this season, having watched the Clarets win two games comfortably and lose the other four.  Obviously, he does not understand howe this can happen.

Reliability balls: 5/10
Odds on this result: 12/5

Game 2: Crystal Palace vs Cardiff City
Prediction: Home win
Staying in the Championship and we are off to Selhurst Park, where Palace are looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games.  Having won, drawn and lost one game at home apiece this season, the Eagles will be hopeful of moving out of the bottom half of the table with a win today.  They will have to do so without frormer Cardiff player and Wales international Danny Gabbidon and the ridiculously Irish sounding Paddy McCarthy, who is so Irish that the Corrs wrote a song about him.  Cardiff have only been beaten only once this season and will be hoping to take advantage of Blackburn's slip-up last night to claim the top-spot with a win.  The BlueRedbirds won both league games between the two last season and also dumped Palace out of the league cup on penalties at the semi-final stage.  The Welsh boyos will have to make-do without one big-name summer signing as Nicky Maynard is injured but Craig Bellamy returns to action after missing out on Tuesday night as Cardiff defeated Millwall.

Reliability balls: 5/10
Odds on this result: 11/5

Game 3: Liverpool vs Manchester United
Prediction: Liverpool

Woohoo, we have a biggie this week!  And it appears to be a battle between the most unlikeable teams in English football!  All eyes will be on Anfield on Sunday for a number of reasons; a fierce and long-running rivalry extends into another season, the nonsensical furore surrounding Luis Saurez and Patrice Evra continues, Sir Alex Ferguson has issued a letter to United fans asking them to stop singing songs about tragedy, the same goes for Liverpool fans and yet another Hillsborough tribute will be taking place (no offence intended as it was a horrific incident, but many of these do we need?)  Sir has pleaded with his players to remain disciplined in what could be a melting pot, whilst Brendan Rodgers has said that he expects a 'peaceful game', akin to that seen in the trenches on Christmas Day during World War 1: First Blood.  So expect the players to trade cigarettes, make jolly japes and compare pictures of their loved ones back home.  Regarding the actual football, Liverpool have been awful this season but may be fired up for the reasons given above.  The home crowd may also help so this could be a possibility.

Reliability balls: 6/10
Odds on this result: 17/10

Game 4: Port Vale vs Gillingham 
Prediction: Port Vale

Dropping down to League Two, and another exciting game as a top-of-the-table clash takes place over at Stoke-on-Trent.  Just three points separates the two teams who currently occupy 1st and 2nd place in the league.  Under Micky Adams, Port Vale have exceeded expectations and made an impressive start to the season in spite of financial trouble and uncertainty over the clubs future.  Still in administration, the club have only lost one game this season with five wins.  They are also undefeated at their imaginatively named Vale Park home-ground.  Gillingham have gone one step farther and remained unbeaten all season.  The Gills have only dropped two points this season in a home-draw with Chesterfield.  They have also strengthened their squad with the addition of Nottingham Forrest's USA international striker Robbie Findlay, who could start today.  Would you like to see him miss an absolute sitter for Forrest back in January?  Of course you would!

Reliability balls: 7/10
Odds on this result: 13/10

Game 5: West Ham vs Sunderland
Prediction: Sunderland

Many people had expected West Ham to struggle upon gaining promotion back to the big-bad world of the Premiership.  Although they are absolutely horrific to watch, as Sam Alardyce teams tend to be, they have actually adapted quite well to the pace of the top league and have managed two wins and a draw in their opening four games.  Andy Carroll has been reported to be back in light-training (as opposed to dark-training) but is not likely to feature this weekend.  Sunderland have neither won nor lost this season; in three games they have drawn three.  Martin O'Neill will hope that his side can manage a victory for the first time since March; in eleven games since their last win they have drawn a massive eight.  Adam Johnson may miss out through an injury sustained whilst playing a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with Steven Fletcher.

Reliability balls: 5/10
Odds on this result: 13/5

Game 6: Aberdeen vs Motherwell
Prediction: Draw

Finally, the kings of football appear!  Currently running away with the SPL title, Motherwell are clearly the greatest team in Scotland and their lack of trophies is purely a result of many years not playing to their full ability as it would embarrass evceryone they played.  A great start to the season sees Motherwell sitting top of the table and undefeated.  A draw at Aberdeen would be a nice preparation for dumping Rangers out of the league cup next week.  They will be up against an Aberdeen side managed by a dishonest old twat.  Grandpaw Broon has not quite managed to transform the Dons in the way that the fans expected, with them continuing to float around the bottom half of the SPL table.  Their fans have yet to notice that this is the case however, as they all think it is still 1989 and their team is half decent.  I can't say that I'll be enturely disappointed if this prediction is incorrect and the Well pump the Sheepies.  

Reliability balls: 6/10
Odds on this result: 9/4

Game 7: Morton vs Raith Rovers
Prediction: Home win

The final game of the week occurs in the Scottish First Division, as Raith visit the midden that is Greenock.  Rovers currently sit higher in the league table but only two points separate the sides.  Raith also finished one position higher in the league last season and the last encounter between the sides at Cappielow ended with a 3-1 victory for the away side.  But Morton manager Allen Moore has insisted that his side can make the most of their home advantage saying "I insist that we can make the most of our home advantage."  

Reliability balls: 5/10
Odds on this result: 13/10

That is our bet for this week.  Most of the games are approaching half-time just now because I am late in writing this, however the bet was placed on on Friday morning so be sure to like us over there for more up 

to date announcements.

Total odds this week are 1,817/1.  And I promise to update this on Monday morning with the results.  Honestly!

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