Far be it from me to mock any manager doing his bit for charity, but I have uncovered a rather disturbing pattern relating to the growth of a moustache in the month of Movember.
I first noticed this bizarre phenomenon in 2008 when Hull’s seemingly unstoppable surge up the Premier League came to a grinding halt in November when manager Phil Brown decided to grow a lip-tickler. Coincidence, I thought. But no, it seems not…
Ally McCoist’s Rangers have become the latest team to be struck down by the mysterious curse of the ‘tache, seeing their ten point lead chopped down to just four during November as McCoist ditched his razor and went au natural in the name of charity.
Maybe the players just can’t take their moustachioed gaffers seriously, or maybe there’s something even more sinister connected to the dark powers of inappropriate facial hair? In any case, I’m going to call it the ‘reverse-Samson effect’, and it’s having a devastating impact on teams up and down the country.
Whatever the cause, Celtic’s Neil Lennon will be thanking his lucky stars that he chose to remain stubble-free for Bonfire Night, allowing him to guide his team to four wins out of four in November and get close enough to Rangers again that they can almost smell the stench of aftershave.
On Sunday they travel to face a team who have been particularly generous to them in recent times.
Dundee United’s manager Peter Houston may be a dead ringer for Victor Meldrew, but his team certainly haven’t displayed any of Victor’s legendary miserly qualities, shipping 12 goals in their last three games against the Hoops.
On top of this, Celtic hit five in their last match against St Mirren, and Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes shared eight goals between them in four games in November. Goals are certainly the order of the day in Glasgow’s East End right now.
With Celtic scoring so many, the stand out bet to me looks like being a Celtic win starting from a 1:0 handicap at odds of 8/5. This bet would have paid out the last three times Celtic played United, and it marks a significant improvement on the odds of 31/50 you will get on a Celtic win in the 3Way football betting market.
New bwin customers who use their free £25 bet to back this outcome stand to win £61.25 if successful.
United, for their part, always seem to score against Celtic, even if they do tend to lose heavily in the end. They have scored a goal in their last five games against the Glasgow side, and you will get odds of 9/20 on them scoring again in this one.
Odds of 67/100 on both teams scoring also look quite appealing, compared with longer odds of 39/20 for Celtic to win to nil.
United are rated as 4/1 outsiders with bwin to win the game, while the draw is 14/5.
Anyway, I’ve digressed for long enough. Back to Ally McCoist’s moustache…
While I do admire his charitable side, somebody has to tell him that there’s an easier way to make money than having to suffer the indignity of looking like David Seaman for thirty days.
Bet on Celtic to beat United and you won’t lose. If you do, I’ll grow my own set of handlebars in December.
How does that sound?
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