Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

McCaffrey`s Gone Flat (Prem preview)

McCaffrey`s Gone Flat (Prem preview)

McCaffrey`s Gone Flat

You have to admire the Chinese. Their ability to knock up a wall and eat with sticks is impressive enough, but it`s their work in the field of insightful proverb creation where they truly excel.

'Give a man a fish and he`ll eat for a day; teach him how to fish and he`ll bore you in conversation` is one of theirs, and never a truer word was spoken.

Personally, the phrase i use most often is 'good things come in little packages`, but it is a blatant lie. Good things do come to those who wait though; and after a four year hiatus, the Premiership trophy is on its way back to Old Trafford.

United can wrap up the title at Eastlands against a Manchester City side who have only scored 10 goals at home all season. Another blank for Psycho`s mob will leave them with the worst record since the latest offering from the sexually ambiguous Robbie Williams. I`m only going one way in this match; United will see off a Barton-less City at 8/15.

It`s been another fantastic season for Sam Allardyce, if we choose to disregard the odd episode of Panorama. The threat of a Glasgow kiss has forced the big man to walk away from the Reebok; West Ham can take full advantage at 5/4.

The press believe that the Hammers were only spared a points deduction for rule-breaking as they pleaded guilty at the last minute. I guess throwing your hands up to a mistake is always the right course of action; I await a statement from Mr and Mrs McCaffrey. I`m admitting to a little interest in Tevez to score at any time at 15/8.

Arsenal and Chelsea meet for the first time since the Snarling Cup final where Adedayor saw red for looking like Eboue. An Arsenal win over a deflated Chelsea resembles value at 19/10.

I would hate to see anyone lose their job, with the possible exception of Tim Lovejoy, but the omens do not look good for Glenn Roeder. Fat Freddie has allegedly been courting Sven Goran Eriksson (It`s a step up for Sven after Ulrika) and Big Sam is also in the frame. A Newcastle win over Blackburn at 13/10 will keep Roeder in his position, for now.

Gareth Southgate is better than Pele; the Middlesbrough manager can keep Wood on a permanent basis. I`m getting up early to back Boro at 5/2 to beat Wigan.

A few members of the betting community are still sore with Harry Redknapp. It`s not a result of the great 'next Pompey manager` sting of 2005; it`s the fact that he`s almost certainly partly responsible for Jamie. All will be forgiven if Pompey leave Goodison Park with a point at 12/5.

The Villa have a 100% record at home to Sheffield United in the Premiership, but admittedly, that form is older than Helen Chamberlain. History is against the Blades, recent form is also against them, but perhaps most tellingly of all, the G man is against them. The Villa will turn it on at 11/10.

Lefty lunatic Michael Moore made the point that soldiers on the front line are rarely sons of influential people, but Prince Harry`s decision to toil for the oil has bucked that trend. His old man is understandably anxious though; keep your chin up Major. It`ll be a major surprise if Spurs fail to beat Charlton; I`m getting involved at a slick 7/5.

The last three matches between Reading and Watford may have finished goalless, but the Hornets are now easier to beat than a Frenchman in Manchester. The Royals can consolidate their UEFA Cup spot at a fighting 4/9.

Appointing a boss on a temporary basis can occasionally pay dividends, but Lawrie Sanchez is the worst caretaker since Ian Huntley. Liverpool have won their last two meets with Fulham by four clear goals, a great week for the Reds is about to get better at 13/10.

Banking the cash from last week`s winning accer may appeal to some, but I plan to roll over the profit like it was Kate Moss. Newcastle, Reading, West Ham and Aston Villa are the four good-things, the payout is a titillating 14/1.


Weekend Betting:

Man City v Man Utd
Saturday 5th May
12:45 Live on Sky

Man City 6/1
Draw 3/1
Man Utd 8/15

Get on: Man Utd

Match Special:
Ronaldo to score direct from a free kick 8/1

Everton v Portsmouth
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Everton Evs
Draw 12/5
Portsmouth 3/1

Get on: Draw

Match Special:
No goal scorer in the match 17/2

Fulham v Liverpool
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Fulham 12/5
Draw 12/5
Liverpool 13/10

Get on: Liverpool

Match Special:
Liverpool to score three or more goals 9/2

Newcastle v Blackburn
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Newcastle 13/10
Draw 12/5
Blackburn 21/10

Get on: Newcastle

Match Special:
Michael Owen to score the first goal 11/2

Reading v Watford
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Reading 4/9
Draw 7/2
Watford 15/2

Get on: Reading

Match Special:
Reading to win and keep a clean sheet 13/10

West Ham v Bolton
Saturday 5th May 15:00

West Ham 5/4
Draw 12/5
Bolton 12/5

Get on: West Ham

Match Special:
Tevez to score two or more goals 13/2

Wigan v Middlesbrough
Saturday 5th May 15:00

Wigan 5/4
Draw 12/5
Middlesbrough 5/2

Get on: Middlesbrough

Match Special:
Viduka to score at any time 5/2

Aston Villa v Sheff Utd
Saturday 5th May 17:15
Live on Premiership Plus

Aston Villa 11/10
Draw 12/5
Sheff Utd 11/4

Get on: Aston Villa

Match Special:
Aston Villa to win by two or more goals 3/1

Arsenal v Chelsea
Sunday 6th May 16:00
Live on Sky

Arsenal 19/10
Draw 23/10
Chelsea 13/8

Get on: Arsenal

Match Special:
Adebayor to score the only goal of the game 40/1

Charlton v Tottenham
Monday 7th May 20:00
Live on Sky

Charlton 21/10
Draw 5/2
Tottenham 7/5

Get on: Tottenham

Match Special:
Berbatov and Keane both to score 13/2

By Gerry McDonnell


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Thursday May 3 2007
Time: 3:36PM

Comments

0
very interesting article, might have to pop down the bookies.
pandapops
25/06/2007 23:16:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Reading Articles

Stam Hoping To Chat With Manchester United Legend

Jaap Stam left Man United after falling out with Alex Ferguson. After spells with Lazio, AC Milan & Ajax he's become the Reading boss and is hoping to catch up with Fergie next month.

November MotM Nomination - Stam

The November nominations for the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month Award are in.

Match Day Officials v Sheffield Wednesday (10/12/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Samuel Interesting Hull And Bournemouth

Hull and Bournemouth have reportedly shown interest in Dominic Samuel, who has got his first-team chance with Reading this season after previous loans with Coventry and Gillingham.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Fulham MotM
Suggested By:
Al Habsi56%
Gunter22%
McShane0%
van den Berg0%
Blackett0%
Evans0%
Williams0%
Beerens11%
McCleary0%
Obita0%
Samuel0%
Sub - Kelly11%
Sub - Meite0%
Sub - Harriott0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 19 13 1 5 40 21
2 Brighton 19 11 6 2 39 17
3 Reading 19 10 4 5 34 1
4 Leeds Utd 19 10 2 7 32 3
5 Birmingham 19 8 7 4 31 2
6 Sheff Wed 19 9 4 6 31 1
7 Norwich 19 9 3 7 30 4
8 Huddersfield 19 9 3 7 30 -3
9 Derby County 19 8 5 6 29 4
10 Fulham 19 7 7 5 28 9
11 Bristol City 19 8 3 8 27 4
12 Barnsley 19 7 4 8 25 3
13 Forest 19 7 4 8 25 1
14 Preston 19 7 4 8 25 1
15 Aston Villa 19 5 10 4 25 1
16 Ipswich 19 6 6 7 24 -2
17 Q.P.R. 19 6 5 8 23 -8
18 Brentford 19 6 4 9 22 -2
19 Burton 19 5 7 7 22 -4
20 Wolves 19 5 6 8 21 -3
21 Blackburn 19 5 5 9 20 -7
22 Cardiff 19 5 4 10 19 -12
23 Wigan 19 4 6 9 18 -5
24 Rotherham 19 1 4 14 7 -26
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 13 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Norwich City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Dec 30 2016 8:00PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 2 2017 3:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Write for Vital Football