*Although I am tempted to put some money on the French to win the real -life Quidditch World Cup...
A week of Champions League excitement saw Borussia Dortmund leave it late to beat a spunky Malaga side, Galatasaray give Real Madrid a run for their money and an injured Leo Messi still managing to make the difference against PSG, setting up the goal to see them through to the semi-finals. Another league manager was carelessly tossed onto the scrapheap as Sheffield United parted ways with 1980s Scottish pop-rock group Danny Wilson. The incredibly unlikeable Neil Warnock has already emerged as a contender for the vacancy. And the Daily Mail started a campaign to have a minute silence at each weekend game to mark the death of Big Mags Thatcher, apparently oblivious to the fact that a large proportion of the country were less than enamoured to her. Because obviously any attempt to have a minute silence in the name of Thatcher would end well, wouldn't it? It's almost as if they want to anger people and have them boo their way through a minute's tribute in order to whip up a frenzy and feed off the outrage... Oh wait, it's the Daily Mail. That's exactly what they want.
And on that note, we move onto this weekend's football. The Tyne-and-Wear derby could be the pick of the Premiership games, although the prospect of Southampton vs West Ham is tremendously exciting... Chelsea and Man City square-off for a place in the FA Cup final whilst in the other semi-final, Wigan and Millwall will compete in a half-empty Wembley... And in Scotland, Hibs play Falkirk and Dundee United face Celtic for a place in the Scottish Cup Final. But what does The Grambler have to say about it all? Well, this:
Five game accumulator from all leagues
Game - Result - Odds
Newcastle vs Sunderland - Home win - 19/20
Stevenage vs Yeovil - Draw - 12/5
Dag & Red vs Oxford Utd - Home win - 6/5
Leeds vs Sheff Wed - Away win - 21/10
Wolves vs Huddersfield - Home win - 11/10
50p @ 94/1
Three game accumulator from the Premiership and FA Cup
Game - Result - Odds
Stoke vs Man Utd - Away win - 4/7
Chelsea vs Man City - Home win* - 21/10
Southampton vs West Ham - Home win - 17/20
£1 @ 8/1
*Obviously not actually a home game. Result is after 90 minutes.
Three player any-time goalscorer accumulator
Player - Game - Odds
Theo Walcott - Arsenal vs Norwich - 10/11
Wayne Rooney - Stoke vs Man Utd - 6/4
Christian Benteke - Aston Villa vs Fulham - 11/10
50p @ 8/1
And that's yer lot for today. In the unlikely scenario that all predictions are correct, we will be handing over a whopping £54 to the Bobby Moore Fund. In the more likely scenario that none are correct, we will be handing over a pitiful £0.
Don't drink and Gramble.