I trusted them, I gave them a second chance to redeem themselves, I treated them as if they were my own. And so what do I see on the vidiprinter last Saturday? Stevenage 1-4 Preston. Oh Stevenage, I place a curse on thee.
Admittedly, Mikel Arteta’s last-minute penalty miss almost had me reaching for the sponge baseball bat (take that, coffee table!), but when I saw that the League One side had let me down for the second time in a month (they also lost 4-0 at home to Swindon to incur my wrath), they well and truly brass rubbed their way on to ‘the list’, joining Tranmere and Peterborough.
Gary Smith and his side must pay for their poor performances and while I’m sure their destruction of my accumulator must have resulted in extra training, rules are rules.
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Everton to beat Reading @ 39/50
The Toffees have made an uncharacteristically terrific start to the season and the key has been their ability to avoid defeat.
Everton have lost just once and have recorded some impressive wins along the way, including last week’s 2-1 comeback victory against Sunderland.
Reading have also been quite tricky to beat, losing just four times in ten games, but are still yet to record a Premier League win since promotion back to the top flight.
David Moyes’ side boast the third-best away record in the league, while the Royals have the second-worst home record, which makes an away win in this one the first tick on the coupon.
Crystal Palace to beat Derby @ 91/100
Ian Holloway’s new charges ran it close last week as they had to come from behind to win at Peterborough, but they got the job done after this punter backed them and for that they get a biscuit and another backing.
The Eagles are top of the pile in the Championship, while opponents Derby lie in ninth and have lost half of their away games this campaign.
Palace have won five of their eight at Selhurst Park, including a 5-0 mauling of Ipswich in their last home fixture.
With Wilfried Zaha returning full of confidence from his cameo in the Zlatan Ibrahimovic show, Holloway’s side will be expecting to maintain their place at the top of the league with a win here.
Sheffield Utd to beat Stevenage @ 4/5
Yeah, that’s right, Stevenage. You cross me twice and this is what you get, me betting ‘against’ you. How do you like them apples?
Okay, so it’s not exactly classic revenge, but with Boro faltering so badly against Preston last week, the 4/5 on them being bested by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane looks good value. *evil laugh*
The Blades have lost just once this season, though they have drawn more games than they would have liked and sit five points off Tranmere at the summit of League One.
Stevenage remain third on the same points as Danny Wilson’s men but have lost three of their last six and must surely be lacking in confidence after their taming by Preston last week.
Napoli to beat AC Milan @ 4/5
Just like every autumn Saturday should, we end our day in Italy. I hear Naples is lovely this time of year and so the Serie A clash between these two big guns is the perfect place to round up our accy.
Milan have had a woeful start to the 2012/13 campaign, with constant question marks hovering over the head of manager Massimiliano Allegri.
The Rossoneri sit in 13th place in the table, while their hosts are well and truly in the race for the Scudetto in third.
Napoli have the best home record in Serie A, with five wins and a draw from six games, and will surely have too much for a Milan team who must be pining for a certain big-nosed, long-haired, bicycle-kicking Swede.
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