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Spitting mad if my bet gets beat late on again

THEY say familiarity breeds contempt so hopefully Aston Villa’s second match against West Brom in a week will have more of an angry feel to it.

The West Midlands derby isn’t the most highly strung match so hopefully the incentive of an FA Cup semi-final will bring out the worst in them.

The first part of the teams’ double-header was hardly a thriller and ended up being less heated than Newcastle v Manchester United.

I got a full house in spitting bingo within hours of Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse’s saliva skirmish.

Paul Scholes immediately said that Evans is “not that type of player”, before managers John Carver and Louis van Gaal claimed to have not seen the incident.

Didi Hamann then said what a terrible example it sets to kids, which is a also a cliche but at least one I agree with.

But I was crying “Bingo!” when Phil Neville capped it all off with the classic: “Spitting is the worst thing you can do on a football pitch.”

Anyway, back to the West Midlands derby part two, the least appealing sequel since 2 Fast 2 Furious.

I fancy West Brom but will back them on the draw no bet, a market invented for when you’re quite keen on a Tony Pulis team.

I was within spitting distance of getting my money back before Christian Benteke’s late winner on Tuesday and I’ll be spitting mad if I get done by Tim Sherwood’s lot again.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY SS1

Fulham v Bournemouth

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Bournemouth have lost four of their last five away games
Expert verdict
Bournemouth ended a five-game winless sequence with a 2-1 success at home to Wolves on Tuesday but face a tough game against fast-improving Fulham at Craven Cottage. Eight of Fulham's 11 league wins have been at home and they fully deserved their 2-0 success over Derby last weekend.