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Drawn towards Africa for a route to riches

THERE are a few possible routes to riches this week, several of which will require some study time.

I’m sure there’s a view to be taken, for example, on the Johnstone’s Paint joust between Preston and Walsall for the right to meet Bristol City in the final. No disrespect, Gills fans.

And there is also a quartet of tasty-looking Championship clashes, three of which are competitive betting heats.

And, of course, we’ve the second instalment of Chelsea and Liverpool in the League Cup. I’m a seller of time of Jose Mourinho’s end-of-match handshake, but other than that glaringly obvious punt there’s research needs doing.

So plenty to mull over and much thought needed.

The alternative, however, is simply lay the favourites in today’s African Nations Cup ties. Or back the draw in both. Either way we’ll be quids in. Absolutely no thought required whatsoever.

Who’s playing? No idea, but it’s a formula that’s worked a treat so far and I’m not one for swimming against the tide too early.

Chances are one of the matches will feature a country called Congo or Guinea seeing as they appear to have doubled up for this festival of African football, which features all that continent’s best players except West Ham’s Diafra Sakho who’s so badly injured that he could only manage 35 minutes as a sub for the Hammers on Sunday.

Being honest, the one game we’ll all be tuning in to watch is Chelsea against Liverpool, and I can see this ending all square as well. I may also have a saver on no goalscorer, which is precisely what Brendan Rodgers will have if he starts with Rickie Lambert.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY SS1

Sheff Utd v Tottenham

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Tottenham have not kept a clean sheet in 11 away matches
Expert verdict
Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup by Leicester on Saturday but they should make it through to Wembley in the League Cup even if Sheffield United make the Premier League side sweat for their spot. A draw suits Spurs following the 1-0 first-leg win and that looks the pick of the bets with the Blades lacking a cutting edge.