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The Heir on the Dog

I try to avoid the political arena as a rule, but as a concerned parent, i`m furious with this government`s education policy. It makes my blood boil to see numeracy, literacy and religious tolerance dominate the curriculum, while tenuous football related analogies remain conspicuous by their absence.

The children could do a lot worse than watch the video of Chelsea`s FA cup semi-final win over Blackburn. If the little brats can`t be inspired by the reconciliation of Mourinho and Abramovich as a result of the beautiful game, they may as well go and sew trainers for a living as further education would prove a waste of time and money.

I was hugely excited by the news that Roman shared a hug with Jose; it`s been quite a while for me. I`m embracing the 4/7 for a Chelsea win over Newcastle.

The majority of the young lads would undoubtedly benefit from this revolutionary educational concept, and I`d even consider showing the tape to the girls if a strong grade in home economics has been achieved. Spurs versus Arsenal is be the embodiment of equality, the draw is an outstanding 23/10 shot.

It makes economic sense to look after the kids of today, as you never know when you`ll need a cheap car stereo in the future. The 10/11 for Bolton to beat Reading is another example of value for money.

Charlton v Sheffield United could well be the greatest domestic dust-up since the Scottish war of independence where the English and the Sweaties went toe to toe in an epic battle. I`m no history buff, but as Scotland remained an independent nation at the end of the skirmish; I`m assuming England won quite comfortably. Charlton can follow suit at 23/20.

Mohammed Al Fayed may have taken a huge gamble appointing a caretaker manager at the business end of the season, but Sanchez is oozing confidence. "They said I couldn`t beat Spain, couldn`t beat Sweden and couldn`t beat England; i`ve proved the impossible is possible." He`s quite an articulate Lawrie. A driven Fulham can share the spoils with Blackburn at 23/10.

I can`t foresee a Wigan goal at Anfield; the Scousers have been tighter at the back than Lee Hughes all season. Liverpool should take all three points at 4/9.

We all have people we admire. Some dig Mandela, others like the cut of Jesus` jib. Personally, I have a lot of time for Aidy Boothroyd. The Watford manager has remained upbeat throughout a disastrous campaign; Manchester City can land another blow at 17/10.

I have the utmost sympathy for Andy Johnson. On recent evidence, the England striker would need to be repeatedly pommeled with a baseball bat for the referee to even consider awarding a penalty; and that may not be enough at Old Trafford. West Ham can inflict a little pain on the Toffeemen at 6/4.

Aston Villa are finishing the season as they started; if it wasn`t for that little six-month sticky patch in the middle they could have been contenders. The Villans are unbeaten against Pompey in their last six meets, the O`Neill revolution will continue at 5/4.

Cristiano Ronaldo has signed a new five year deal worth a reported 25m. That kind of money could go a long way to eradicating world hunger, although it would probably be easier to just ask Mark Viduka to donate his snacks. Manchester United will devour Middlesbrough at 1/5.

Rio Ferdinand limped out of the FA cup semi-final feeling his groin; confirming my suspicions. Luckily, the injury is not as serious as it first appeared; Rio can add a clean sheet to a United win at a more appetising 4/7.

Bolton, Charlton, Manchester City and Aston Villa form a 21/1 weekend accer that is so forthright; Prince William had finally explained why he binned Kate Middleton. "She`s friendly, she`s good with figures and her vocabulary is impressive, but the bint can`t boil an egg," mused the astute part German future monarch.

Weekend Betting:

Tottenham v Arsenal
Saturday 21st April 12:45
Live on Premiership Plus

Tottenham 17/10
Draw 23/10
Arsenal 17/10

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
Match to finish either 2-2 or 3-3 11/1

Bolton v Reading
Saturday 21st April 15:00

Bolton 10/11
Draw 12/5
Reading 10/3

Get on: Bolton

Match Special:
Anelka to score the first goal 11/2

Charlton v Sheff Utd
Saturday 21st April 15:00

Charlton 23/20
Draw 23/10
Sheff Utd 13/5

Get on: Charlton

Match Special:
Darren Bent to score the only goal of the game 28/1

Fulham v Blackburn
Saturday 21st April 15:00

Fulham 5/4
Draw 23/10
Blackburn 21/10

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
McCarthy to score in a 1-1 draw 16/1

Liverpool v Wigan
Saturday 21st April 15:00

Liverpool 4/9
Draw 7/2
Wigan 7/1

Get on: Liverpool

Match Special:
Liverpool to win and keep a clean sheet Evs

Watford v Man City
Saturday 21st April 15:00

Watford 13/8
Draw 23/10
Man City 17/10

Get on: Man City

Match Special:
Barton to score from outside the penalty area 11/1

West Ham v Everton
Saturday 21st April 15:00

West Ham 6/4
Draw 12/5
Everton 7/4

Get on: West Ham

Match Special:
Tevez to score direct from a free-kick 8/1

Man Utd v Middlesbrough
Saturday 21st April 17:15
Live on Sky

Man Utd 1/5
Draw 5/1
Middlesbrough 14/1

Get on: Man Utd

Match Special:
Man Utd to score a penalty 7/2

Newcastle v Chelsea
Sunday 22nd April 13:30
Live on Premiership Plus

Newcastle 6/1
Draw 3/1
Chelsea 4/7

Get on: Chelsea

Match Special:
Drogba and Lampard both to score 11/2

Aston Villa v Portsmouth
Sunday 22nd April 16:00
Live on Sky

Aston Villa 5/4
Draw 9/4
Portsmouth 11/5

Get on: Aston Villa

Match Special:
Petrov to score in a 2-0 Villa win 35/1




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The Journalist

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Date:Thursday April 19 2007

Time: 11:59AM

 

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