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The Wenger Boys vs. Michael Hackson
Written by: Gerry McDonnell (15-Dec-2005)

Jose Mourinho is like Marmite, his adverts are very annoying. Arsene Wenger is certainly not a lover of the special one, he threatened to sue Jose for an outrageous ‘voyeur’ slur earlier in the year, Mourinho retaliated by threatening to whip out his dossier. With clear animosity between the managers, Arsenal v Chelsea is a potential cracker.

Over the last few weeks, Arsenal have shown that they lack the necessary mental fortitude to compete effectively when the opposition are aggressive in the tackle, or to put it another way, they don’t like it up ‘em. The soft belly of the Gunners will face the ultimate test when they go head to head with Chelsea playmaker and part-time kneecap collector Michael Essien. Tough tackling will win it for Chelsea, a 2.38 steal.

Elsewhere on the coupon, Blackburn look a sound investment at 2.88 to take all three points from the Cottage. Fulham are in danger of dropping into the relegation shake-up, Robbie Savage is in danger of just being dropped.

The hairy Welshman has always excelled at winding up fellow professionals, but until last weekend it was only opposition players on the verge of laying him out. The only surprising element of ‘Caravangate’ was that Robbie didn’t roll on the floor to try and get his goal-keeper sent off. The always popular Savage is a 21.00 shot to receive a long overdue red card against Fulham; it’s 2.50 he goes in the book.

Alex Ferguson petulantly walked out of a press conference this week, adding fuel to the rumour that this will be his last season in the Old Trafford hot seat. I’d like to suggest David Blunkett as a potential replacement; he can hold a lead in Europe. United destroyed Wigan in midweek, they’re 1.73 against a Villa team without Mellberg and with Ridgewell. Fill your winter boots.

It’s ironic that in the week that the name Thatcher was back in the news, a Cole-man was sent off. Andy’s dismissal means that Darius Vassell leads the line for Man City against Birmingham, the ex Villan is worth an interest at 6.00 to open the scoring. Manchester City have been up and down like Peter Crouch in a house with reasonably sized door frames recently, but are a confident selection at 1.73.

Harry Redknapp claims he wouldn’t know how to place a bet online, I’ve glanced at a few of his betting previews, he’s a lucky man. Some believe that Harry’s magic will save Pompey from the drop, unless they’re referring to Harry Potter, I’d have to disagree. The in form Baggies should be backed at 3.00.

The weekend specials may ring a bell:

“Va Va Voom” – Thierry Henry to score two or more goals 7.00
“Nick Cole” – Joe Cole to be booked 2.75
“Papa” – Boupa Diop to score with a header 11.00
“The cream of Manchester” – United to score more than City 2.30
“They're tasty, tasty, very very tasty” – Blackburn to have a player sent off 7.00
“Once you pop, you can’t stop” – Essien to be sent off 26.00

Quote of the week:
“They all think Wayne’s this big fat person who eats burgers every day, which he’s not, and I don’t know where they get it from. It really does my head in because people really believe that. His favourite food is lettuce. He errrrr, loves salad.” Coleen McLoughlin spills the peas.

Stat, you’re a liberty:
The last time Manchester United kept a clean sheet away from home was……September.

Acc of the week:
Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and a Middlesbrough draw make up the weekend accer, it pays 22.67.

Weekend Betting:

Aston Villa v Man Utd
Saturday 17th December 12.45 Live on Premiership Plus
Aston Villa 4.33
Draw 3.25
Man Utd 1.73
Get on: Man Utd 1.77 at Bet365
United in crisis? They’ve won five of their last six matches in the league, the other was a draw. Away banker.
Match Special:
Van Nistelrooy to score a hat-trick 17.00

Everton v Bolton
Saturday 17th December 15.00
Everton 2.20
Draw 3.25
Bolton 2.80
Get on: Everton 2.40 at Canbet
Everton are the undisputed Kings of the 1-0, they’ve bagged five already, here comes number six.
Match Special:
Everton to win 1-0 7.00

Fulham v Blackburn
Saturday 17th December 15.00
Fulham 2.20
Draw 3.20
Blackburn 2.88
Get on: Blackburn 3.32 at Pinnacle
Blackburn have won on their last three visits to the Cottage, scoring 10 goals in the process. 2.88 appeals.
Match Special:
Paul Dickov to score two or more goals 11.00

Portsmouth v West Brom
Saturday 17th December 15.00
Portsmouth 2.10
Draw 3.25
West Brom 3.00
Get on: West Brom 3.65 at Pinnacle
It’s five straight defeats for Portsmouth, the Albion are undefeated in four. The Baggies have won six of their last seven matches against Pompey, it’s an away win.
Match Special:
Kanu to score at any time 3.25

West Ham v Newcastle 
Saturday 17th December 15.00
West Ham 2.38
Draw 3.20
Newcastle 2.63
Get on: West Ham 2.65 at Pinnacle
The Toon Army struggle at Upton Park, in their last five visits, they’ve earned one point. Man Utd are the only team to take three points off the Hammers at Upton Park since August. Home win.
Match Special:
Harewood and Zamora both to score 11.00

Wigan v Charlton
Saturday 17th December 15.00
Wigan 2.20
Draw 3.25
Charlton 2.80
Get on: Charlton 3.15 at Gamebookers
With both teams struggling for form, Charlton get a tentative nod. Darren Bent scored the winner against Wigan when on fire earlier in the season, he’s heating up again.
Match Special:
Darren Bent to score the only goal of the game 34.00

Man City v Birmingham
Saturday 17th December 17.15 Live on Premiership Plus
Man City 1.73
Draw 3.25
Birmingham 4.33
Get on: Man City 1.85 at Expekt
Psycho’s men haven’t scored at home since Halloween, a frightening statistic. It won’t be a thriller.
Match Special:
Man City to win 1-0 7.00

Middlesbrough v Tottenham
Sunday 18th December 13.30 Live on Sky
Middlesbrough 2.50
Draw 3.20
Tottenham 2.50
Get on: Draw 3.25 at Multibet
Spurs don’t like it by the Riverside; they have to go back to 1996 to find a winning trip. Boro are gaining consistency, from their last six matches at home, they’ve won four and drawn two. Spurs are also in good nick, they’ve scored eight goals in their last three games. It’s a draw.
Match Special:
Match to finish 2-2 15.00

Arsenal v Chelsea
Sunday 18th December 16.00 Live on Sky
Arsenal 2.63
Draw 3.20
Chelsea 2.38
Get on: Chelsea 2.50 at Bet365
It’s nearly 15 years since Chelsea won a league match at Highbury. That long wait is nearly over.
Match Special:
Chelsea to keep a clean sheet 2.75

Professional odds compiler Gerry McDonnell regularly offers his unique advice on Premiership soccer betting. Place your bets at Gerry's sportsbook Super Soccer

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