Before we even kick off this week, we have a bit of a special on Alan Pardew (4/6) being the next Newcastle manager following the sacking of Chris Hughton. Despite the odds being so short, the fact that Pardew has reported said he has had a job lined up for several weeks means it’s time to lump on while the going is good.
Back on the field, it’s Champions League and FA Cup week and with ‘most’ of the British teams fate already decided, you’re going to need to back something to get interested in the games.
I think Tottenham should have enough to win in Holland and against FC Twente and with the ‘matchsticks’ goal scoring ability Crouch to score anytime in a Spurs win (7/2) is the way to go.
At Old Trafford, I fancy a draw (13/5) in a nothing game between United and Valencia, whilst in the other Group C game, a typically scrappy Rangers 1-0 win with Steven Naismith (45/1) to get it, pays out terrifically well.
On Wednesday, Arsenal will be desperate to put the Braga game behind them and will fly out of the traps against Partizan Belgrade, with the Gunners to win by 4 or more (15/8). Meanwhile, Chelsea’s bad form will continue and a Marseille 1-0 win with Gignac to score (25/1) might be the way to go.
In the FA Cup, we have an ESPN replay double. On Wednesday, Gus Poyet will take the replay more seriously due to the weekend off and dispatch FC United in a 2-0 Brighton win (13/2).
On Thursday, you get to see my lads play as the mighty Luton Town take on Charlton in a replay at Kenilworth Road. Luton are due a goal from a set-piece at that means George Pilkington will score at any time (9/1).
But, if you’d rather take my money than the bookies, you can sign up to Pick Live and take me on in the live game during the Luton v Charlton tie on Thursday night.