Some things are harder said than done. In support of Movember, I bet my colleagues I could grow a ‘tache to rival Graeme Souness, but 23 days in and I still look more Mario Gomez than Super Mario.
Which is about as successful as Mick McCarthy, Derek McInnes and Neil Warnock have been at convincing their sides to employ basic defending of late.
Ipswich, Bristol City and Leeds have been shipping goals (and points) for fun over the past two months, conceding 51 times in taking just 12 points out of a possible 72 between them.
The job won’t get any easier this weekend as they face free-scoring Peterborough, high-flying Middlesbrough and leaders Crystal Palace respectively.
New customers using the free £20 bet available when registering with bwin stand to win £93.98 if this trio of games all produce three or more goals – and here’s why I think that’s more likely than me being mistaken for Tom Selleck in his Magnum days.
Over 2.5 goals in Ipswich v Peterborough @ 13/20
It all started so well for McCarthy with a 1-0 win over Birmingham on his debut. But subsequent 5-0 and 6-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively show the size of the task he faces to keep Ipswich up.
Things aren’t going much better for Darren Ferguson at Peterborough, who’ve lost four straight and conceded nine in the process.
So if Ipswich’s DJ Campbell and Posh’s George Boyd are at their best it could end up being a tennis score at Portman Road.
Over 2.5 goals in Middlesbrough v Bristol City @ 3/5
If the Championship table was based solely on goals for, McInnes would be laughing as his side have hit the tenth most in the division. Unfortunately, they’ve let in ten more and actually sit second bottom.
That should make them easy pickings for high-flying Boro and their in-form striker Scott McDonald, who has four goals in his last six games.
With the Teessiders looking set to pick up all three points but the Robins retaining enough of a threat to get on the scoresheet, the over 2.5 mark should be reached in this one.
Over 2.5 goals in Leeds v Crystal Palace @ 39/50
Earlier this season, Warnock described a spell in which Leeds knocked Premier League Everton and Southampton out of the Capital One Cup and won four straight league games as “the best of my 20-plus years in management”.
Well, the Whites’ current run might be his worst, as they’ve gone seven games without a win and conceded 14 in the process.
By contrast, Palace are the only side in Britain to score in every league game this term and Ian Holloway will be especially confident of extending that run at Elland Road, with 15-goal Glenn Murray on a rampant run of form of late.