UK time is: 01:23:42
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

It`s not if, it`s Sven

On reflection, my decision to take a couple of weeks off to 'rest` was flawed from the outset. The wife went completely 'Stefan Postma` on me; she was constantly on my back.

The evil one demanded that the bedroom receive a full makeover. As nothing has been done in there for a number of years, I wasn`t overly upset with her having the decorators in.

Tidying up the garden was the hardest job. I was absolutely knackered at the end; the incessant drone of the lawnmower completely ruined my afternoon nap.

I did manage to wash the car myself. I say wash, but 'drove in the rain` would probably be a more accurate description. In my defence, I have been busy putting together a collection of ante-post football bets that are so tasty, Nordic babe-magnet Sven Goran Eriksson has been trying to get his hands on them.

Manchester United are a confident pick for Premiership glory. United were clearly the best team in the league last season, and their summer transfer dealings have been nothing short of exemplary. United are available at 7/5 in a two-horse race: I suspect foal play.

Liverpool are the betting equivalent of Lenny Henry: every year they receive massive support for no apparent reason. I like the look of Arsenal at 2/1 in the betting without Man U and Chelsea.

I`ve got a lot of time for 'let`s do it again` Sven. England rose from 17th to 4th in the FIFA world rankings under the Swede`s tutelage, and he managed to orchestrate this transformation while planting his pole more than Sergey Bubka. The 2/1 for Manchester City finishing the season in the top half of the table is the most surprising offer since Ulrika Johnson offered the ageing Lothario a little slice of Swedish fish pie.

I always try to gain an edge wherever possible, so I asked the wife`s computer-savvy sister to run a series of simulations on the Premiership handicap. After a significant number of entries last Saturday night, she has reached the conclusion that Manchester City will finish on around the 100 point mark (they receive a 41 point start), making them an each-way steal at 15/1.

The Golden Boot is a tough market to crack under normal circumstances, but with Didier Drogba (the clear favourite) on African Nations Cup duty for up to two months, a little dabble may prove pleasantly prudent. Eduardo netted 71 goals in 100 games in Croatia; if he settles early at the Emirates, the 28/1 will prove the greatest gift since Cher`s offering to a young Franck Ribery in the tear-jerking chick-flick 'Mask`.

There are a number of season match bets available where the probability of success is greater then the odds-makers have calculated. Man City to finish above West Ham at 11/8 is the standout, and Middlesbrough to finish above Sunderland at evens is a close runner-up. If bets were birds, these two would be on Sven`s 'to do` list.

I love to have a pre-season accer on the four divisions, but it`s normally about as successful as a Frank Skinner sitcom. There`s always one team that lets me down; even when I just have a single.

This year, it`s all about to change. I`m siding with Manchester United in the Premiership, Southampton in the Championship, Leeds in League 1 and the MK Dons in the basement. A 1 each way accer will return 2,206 if all prove successful, I`ve already entered the 46 return for all four to place on my spreadsheet.

It all kicks off in Scotland this weekend, and there will also be a few football matches. I can`t be having Celtic at 1/4 without Boruc and Nakamura; I`ll take Killy at evens with a 1 goal start.

Rangers will be oozing confidence after a pre-season victory over Chelsea and a Champions League qualifying stroll in midweek. I`ll be celebrating like a true Scot if the Gers take the points against Inverness at 1/2; i`ve even bought the skirt.

As a spectacle, last season`s FA Cup final was possibly the dullest piece of television ever, if we choose to ignore 'David Beckham`s Soccer USA`. Manchester United have a chance to redeem themselves against Chelsea in the Community Shield, I`ll happily play at 13/8.

United have quality throughout the pitch, but I`ll put forward Wayne Rooney as the most likely first scorer at 7/1. I would have plumped for the outstanding Carlos Tevez if it wasn`t for the delay in his transfer; he`s still tied up filming 'Mask 2, it`s got a whole lot worse`.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 2 2007

Time: 11:57AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Charlton Athletic Articles

Blanks on the Night (Thursday July 31 2014)

Vulnerable Valiant. (Friday July 25 2014)

Four of The Best. (Monday July 21 2014)

Charlton Sign Stephen Henderson. (Monday July 21 2014)

The Spanish Experience. (Thursday July 17 2014)

Tucudean Signs Up. (Tuesday July 15 2014)

Pre-Season Friendly. (Sunday July 13 2014)

The Power of the Press. (Friday July 11 2014)

Archived Charlton Athletic Articles

List All Vital Charlton Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Brentford 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Brighton 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Cardiff 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Charlton 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Derby County 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Fulham 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Stephen Crainey Joins Fleetwood On One Year Deal
Wigan : 01/08/2014 22:18:00
LUFC Not looking good for Paddy Kenny
Leeds Utd : 01/08/2014 20:43:00
Winger agrees Boro deal
Middlesbrough : 01/08/2014 19:39:00
Benedicic to sign but Viviani looking elsewhere
Leeds Utd : 01/08/2014 19:00:00
LUFC Striker fit to face old club
Leeds Utd : 01/08/2014 17:18:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

who would you like to see at the Valley out of the players rumoured to join?
Suggested By:  
Jon Obika 21%
Romain Vincelot 5%
Stevie May 47%
Oscar Gobern 5%
Sam Baldock 10%
Paul-Jose M'Poku 5%
Cameron Stewart 7%