Weblog: The football punter
No fear factor for my Old Trafford betting plans
THE fear factor’s gone, you see. Ask anyone who knows about these things and they’ll all tell you the same thing – teams aren’t scared of going to Old Trafford any more.
That’s the reason why United are locked in a titanic battle with Southampton for eighth place. Nothing to do with a pants midfield and a defence that gets run ragged on the counter.
It’s because that scary man on the touchline, the one who used to tap his watch a lot in a blood-curdling way, has left the stage.
Once Old Trafford becomes as frightening as, say, The Emirates, United will be right up there with the Gunners once again battling it out for league glory.
David Moyes has at least got a welcome distraction this week from the trials of seeing his side exposed time and time again domestically; he can watch his side get exposed time and time again by a bunch of useful Ukrainians instead.
Decent side this Shakhtar, blessed with about half a dozen midfielders, none of whom would have cost anything near Fellaini’s price tag.
I’m actually inclined to have a little bet on United because they’ve looked decent enough in Europe so far. So too have Man City, and I could almost be tempted to have a punt on them at Bayern.
I know, I know, these Bavarians average about five goals a half and provide half the German team who are going to dot up in Brazil in the summer.
But City will give it a go and they’ve got the tools to hurt them. Over 5.5 goals could be the answer.