What we learned from Game Week 13Monday, November 27 2017
Everton are bang in trouble…
Many fans are calling for David Unsworth to carry on as caretaker at Goodison. Not caretaker manager, just caretaker. The toilet rolls are getting a bit low and the car park could do with a sweep.
The man himself said ‘Things have to change’ after the match. Careful what you wish for, David.
I fell flat on my arse banking on Everton’s away trip to go Under 3.5 Goals, costing us a winning five-fold that would’ve taken the Coupon Busters into profit. After getting hit for five by that Italian pub team on Thursday, I figured damage limitation might be in the thinking. First choice Pickford was back in goal, but now they have two keepers with a dose of net rash.
It’s not over until it’s over…
And even then it’s not over. After three winners and a fat 7.67pts profit from the Chelsea v Liverpool match, I was loving the look of Huddersfield v City on 80 minutes. We needed a City goal and another corner to land our 4/1 #YourCall bet with Coral.
City scored the late winner – standard. But the absent corner didn’t matter in the end because Ref Craig Pawson (very poor, son) suddenly got busy with the cards. And didn’t stop at the final whistle, with Huddersfield’s van La Parra copping for a Red one as he got in his car.
The players tried to cover their mouths as they left the pitch, but Leroy Sane was seen to say ‘That’s fucked my BadMan bets’.
Although it could actually be over on December 10th…
Being the best league in the world (copyright Sky, BT, BBC, etc.) it couldn’t possibly be done and dusted by Christmas, could it. Could it?
Hmm, whisper it but it could be as soon December 10th. Unless United can but the brakes on City at Old Trafford, their increasingly noisy neighbours will leave it the Theatre of Pipe Dreams for at least another season.
Already it looks from here as the only thing that can undo City is City. By being a bit, well, City. Neither United, Chelsea or Tottenham look capable of reeling them in. And Arsenal can’t even be trusted to be the least reliable team in the Premier League these days, with Liverpool’s bipolar back four.
United head the Without City betting at 13/10, with Chelsea next at 5/2. Tottenham look the value at 6/1. If they can sort out their defence…
Tottenham are not the finished article…
Tottenham’s emergence as a top team over the last couple of seasons has been largely built on a defence as solid as Kate and Gerry’s.
But they have managed just one clean sheet in their last nine (a less than spectacular W4 D2 L3). Compared to six from the eight before that (a spectacular W7 D1).
Alderweireld is a big miss – although it is not doing his ongoing contract negotiations any harm at all. He is a loss at the back and in midfield, with Dier having to be dragged in to the back three/ four (or three, then four, then three, then two at home to West Brom at the weekend).
But if Spurs are serious about playing with the big boys, they need to get a tag on Daniel Levy before he disappears into his underground bunker for the duration of the January window.
Coming up this week:
Tuesday and Wednesday: Midweek matches previewed and Coupon Busters
Thursday: Weekend matches previews
Friday: Your weekend Coupon Busters
Saturday: Your TV guide to cashing in on Chelsea v Newcastle and Arsenal v Man United
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