The inimitable (we’re running out of adjectives) betting expert Gerry McDonnell gives his take on this weekend’s FA Cup action, Premier League action and all the other action he loves watching on the telly.
The adult film industry has many knockers, but I remain a fully-fledged supporter. My only possible critique would be that the storylines occasionally lack realism. I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I was with my job as a photocopier repair man.
My wife is a fierce critic of the genre as she incorrectly believes that the art form demeans women. Personally, I think it’s a positive when a hobby becomes an occupation; I would love to get paid for sending nude photographs of myself to Cheryl Tweedy. I’ll have to finance my pastime by backing Portsmouth at 10/11 to beat West Brom in their FA Cup semi-final.
My favourite sub-genre of the adult entertainment industry is the one when two ladies take a spiritual road to self-discovery. There are things I’d rather not see though, and watching Barnsley play Cardiff is the equivalent of watching Lisa Riley tinker with Jade Goody. Cardiff will probably win their semi at 11/8, but I’d rather watch something a little more uplifting.
Robbie Savage has all the attributes needed to launch a career in exotic films. He’s blonde, he breathes heavily for 90 minutes and he never needs a second invitation to go down. I can’t see the Derby man getting any satisfaction from Everton; the Toffeemen are the weekend banker at 2/7.
Roy Keane has always enjoyed a ruck, but he may be punching above his weight by labelling Sir Alex Ferguson ‘a hypocrite’. Admittedly, he never mentioned Fergie by name, but it couldn’t have been more obvious unless he used the term ‘purple-nose’. Fulham can momentarily quieten the fiery Irishman at 11/8.
Manchester City have gone backwards since they signed Benjani. To be fair to Sven, he tried everything in his power to get out of the deal; he said he’d accept Benni McCarthy, Benayoun or Benny from Crossroads as a compromise, but it was all to no avail. Chelsea will take full advantage of Sven’s massive rick at 4/5.
Mike Ashley has reportedly lost £129m gambling on financial markets; he’s probably regretting following me in on last week’s bets. I’m having £2 on Newcastle to beat Reading at 4/5.
The world and his dog are singing the praises of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Middlesbrough fans are a little more hesitant – all three of them believe that he’s a diver. I nearly collapsed when I saw 15/2 next to a Boro win over Manchester United.
Steve Bruce will do everything in his power to send Birmingham down when Wigan face his former side on Saturday. I have nothing but admiration for Bruce’s stance, you should always finish a job that you start. Wigan may have to settle for a point at 23/10.
I was stunned when Tottenham’s defences were breached on numerous occasions by Newcastle last week. It was just like a scene from my favourite movie, ‘Snatch’. I have a feeling that Tottenham may already be on their summer break; Blackburn can take full advantage at 6/4.
El Hadji Diouf would never make it in the world of erotic film – he’s a spitter. I had to swallow on several occasions when I saw 8/11 for an Aston Villa win over Bolton.
They say that good things come in threes, and I’m a huge fan of the ‘Rod-Farther Trilogy’. Arsenal are a confident shout at 6/5 to win the second part of their triple-header against Liverpool, unless the referee is Dirk Kuyt’s neighbour.
It’s now reached the stage where my wife has forced me to choose between her and my collection of adult art; so i’m on the lookout for a new dishwasher. Portsmouth, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle form an 11/1 accer that will bring in the necessary funds.
FA Cup Semifinals
Saturday 5 April 2008
12:15 West Brom v Portsmouth
Sunday 6 April 2008
16:00 Barnsley v Cardiff City
Premier League Matches
All times are GMT
Saturday 5 April 2008
12:45 Arsenal v Liverpool
15:00 Manchester City v Chelsea
15:00 Newcastle United v Reading
15:00 Fulham v Sunderland
15:00 Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur
15:00 Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers
15:00 Wigan Athletic v Birmingham City
Sunday 6 April 2008
13:30 Middlesbrough v Manchester United
15:00 Everton v Derby County
Tuesday 8 April 2008
19:45 West Ham v Portsmouth
Arsenal we need you.
The next chapter in the Arsenal v Liverpool trilogy takes place on Saturday. Both teams performed with immense skill and credit in midweek and hopefully the weekend game will be as entertaining. Our members have voted this match and Arsenal to win it as the bet of the week. It was felt that Rafa would run the rule over his players and rest many of his stars on Saturday. The champions league second leg will surely be to the forefront of his thinking and we expect Arsenal to take the premiership points. Debate rages on the forum about whether OLBG v The Bookies is going to end in profit. Heads may roll if it doesn’t.
Editor’s note: For those who want it, here’s Abbey Clancy (the pic up top).