Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Pizza The American Dream

I’m not anti-American, but I do worry about the cost of supporting Bush.

David Beckham has been criticised for succumbing to the lure of the dollar, but his decision was perfectly justified. Judging by the state of his wife, he was struggling to put food on the table in Madrid.

I’m concerned that other stars may follow Beckham’s controversial lead. FC Dallas play at ‘Pizza Hut Park’, the temptation may prove overwhelming for Wayne Rooney.

Before the Roonatic can commit himself either way, he must first concentrate on United’s trip to the Emirates. Arsenal dominated the match at Old Trafford; the 13/8 about a repeat is larger than a 16 inch pepperoni with extra cheese; or as it’s known in the Rooney household; ‘breakfast’.

If Arsenal v Man U is the main course, Liverpool v Chelsea is a pretty tasty appetiser. The only suitable label for such an extravaganza is the one I used when Peter Crouch claimed he’d score 20 goals this season; ‘the big four collide.’

The timing of this fixture could not have been better for the Reds. Everton may have paraded Sylvester Stallone in front of their supporters; but Liverpool fans will get to see two great thespians.

John Terry has been offered a deal worth £600,000 a month; that’s just peanuts to David Beckham; which coincidentally, is his wife’s favourite meal. Chelsea are a different team without their influential captain, I’m painting the town red at 15/8.

West Ham are beginning to feel the pressure. The once idle threat of relegation is now working out three times a week. The Hammers can take an invaluable point from St James’ at a fighting fit 5/2.

Nicky Butt was involved in a nasty altercation with Chimbonda last weekend. I’m not a boxing referee, but I think Pascal shaded it. A 2-2 draw is definitely in play at a colourful 16/1.

Mad Evertonian Sly Stallone is not just a mediocre actor; he’s also a pretty warm gambler. Rumour has it that he phoned the Watford manager to say, “Yo Adrian, get on the Villa at 8/13. Great advice from a true football fanatic.

Robbie Savage can count himself lucky. If I was officiating the Gilberto incident, i’d have shown the blonde nuisance a yellow for the original foul, a yellow for the kick after the whistle, a yellow for collapsing like a Hollywood stuntman, a yellow for the patronising ‘don’t send him off’ routine and a straight red for the haircut. Tough, but ultimately fair. Man City v Blackburn is a stick-on draw at a golden 9/4.

I’ll take nothing away from the average American, especially his dinner. I’m going to feast on the 5/6 about Reading blunting the Blades.

Let me just clarify, Sylvester Stallone was only in the UK to promote his new film, ‘Rocky 6 - The fight against arthritis’. The rumour that Martin Jol was considering signing him as a replacement for Paul Robinson is probably without foundation. Fulham have won their last four matches at home to Spurs, a fifth is on the cards at 15/8.

Sylvester Stallone will be tuning into Sky to watch his beloved Everton play Wigan; if he can get to grips with the remote control. The Toffeemen will have to settle for a draw at 9/4.

Love is never having to say you’re sorry, a philosophy that the wife holds dear. I’m not apologising for steaming into the 6/4 about an in form Middlesbrough seeing off Bolton at the Riverside.

Portsmouth are the weekend good things at home to a troubled Charlton. You’ll be as grateful as an American on tanks-giving if you play on Pompey at a super-sized 4/7.

This week’s accer is so fearsome; Sylvester Stallone has offered it a leading role in Rambo 4. Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Reading and Arsenal are the selections, the payout is an explosive 17/1.


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