Posts Tagged ‘de Jong’

Weekly Photoshop – World Cup Memories

13/07/2010

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a Photoshop entry but  it’s back to normal now. This week the theme was memories of the World Cup. There’s this Ronaldo effort, which is nothing to write home about and there’s also a Mark van Bommel one which I’m now going to hold back as it has become next week’s theme.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Nike Write The Future

Someone may want to update that Ronaldo statue now that little Cristiano is upon us.

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World Cup Bet Of The Day – The Final

11/07/2010

Running Total: +0.23 units

The news that Klose was out injured for yesterday’s 3rd/4th playoff meant another bet had to be found. The simple option of over 2.5 goals was taken meaning this column is back in profit just in time for the end of the finals.

I do feel a bit sorry for Klose not getting at least the chance to equal Ronaldo’s record. Say what you want about him being not as good but at the end of the day he’s produced in three World Cups.

Anyway, on to today’s game which should hopefully be a classic between Holland and Spain.

Spain are heavy favourites to win this and you can get 14/5 on a Holland victory in 90 minutes which seems very high. While the Dutch haven’t been as impressive I get the feeling it’s partly because people still associate them with the more attacking styles of days gone by and think that because they’re not scoring three or four a game they’re not playing well.

This Dutch team is unbeaten in 24 and is more than capable of causing a so called upset. However, despite this you can’t deny Spain should be favourites and the 11/10 on them to win in 90 minutes is not terrible value given how in control they’ve been in all their matches.

In terms of the scorers I have a hunch van Persie might finally get another goal to go with his good performances and he’s 5/2 to score anytime which seems generous. Change it to first goalscorer and you can get as high 8/1. Lastly, him to score and Holland to win is 6/1.

David Villa is 6/5 to score anytime while Dutch form man (and top scorer rival) Wesley Sneijder is 10/3 – again very generous.

There’s been some talk that Spain may have to come from behind to win this and that wouldn’t surprise me, though the one time they went behind in this tournament they lost. You can get as high as 28/1 on a Holland HT/Spain FT result but perhaps the more likely scenario is Draw HT/Spain FT which is 7/2 in most places but as high as 4/1 in Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.

Finally Howard Webb is in charge which means there’ll be a few yellow cards. Mark van Bommel is 8/1 to be first booked while fellow hatchet man Nigel de Jong is 9/1. Take your pick and fill your boots. It might be prudent to bet on some of the full-backs getting booked too. I could see Robben getting either Capdevilla and/or Ramos booked while the Dutch full backs will also be at risk when facing the likes of Pedro and Iniesta.

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Bets of the day:

Robin van Persie to score anytime @ 5/2

Holland to win in 90 minutes @ 14/5

Basically you can go with the aforementioned combined bet at 6/1 but I’d rather split it and increase my chances. I’m going with heart over head with these selections but I just have a hunch that Holland are going to do it. Alternatively just bet on Spain to win in 90 and double your money.

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The Six Pointer – King McGrath, Chocolate Legs & more…

19/01/2009

That was the weekend that was.

1. How will Liverpool react to now being second in the title race? This evening’s 1-1 draw against Everton sees them back level on points with Man Utd but having played a game more. United’s game in hand is against Fulham in mid February so for the time being they will look to simply match whatever Liverpool do each weekend. Liverpool’s recent form isn’t actually too bad but four of their last six league games have been draws. Perhaps being second will take some of the pressure off and allow them to play with a bit more freedom – they certainly don’t have any experience of leading from the front. The trouble is that when Man Utd go top, they usually stay there. They have reached the summit earlier than usual this year but already things are beginning to have a slight air of inevitability about them. As usual it will come down to Gerrard to stop them.

 

2. I, like many other Arsenal fans, have always maintained that Robin Van Persie has all the talent to be one of the top strikers in Europe. It has always just been a question of keeping him fit. In the four previous seasons at Arsenal the most league games he has played in has been the 26 in his first year. Each season since the number has dropped (26, 24, 22) culminating in last year’s low of 15 – less than a third of the season. Thankfully, and touching wood, he has reached 18 so far this year and has only missed games due to rotation and suspension. It has coincided with probably his best form in an Arsenal shirt and he has really stepped up creatively in the absence of Fabregas. His chocolate leg (right foot to you and me) has improved vastly and it makes him even more unpredictable (in a good way) than he already was. Three assists against Hull give him seven for the year and he will be key to Arsenal keeping in touch with the leaders until Cesc returns.

Van Persie's next injury - melted leg

Van Persie's next injury - melted leg

 

3. Talking of another often injured player, The Football Guy and I were discussing this over the weekend – how can Spurs rely on someone who can only play once a fortnight. When fit Ledley King is a top player but that is exactly the problem – he never is. I know Paul McGrath famously never trained (hangovers as much as dodgy knees no doubt) and just played really well at the weekend but King can barely manage that. In ten full seasons at Spurs he has played just 250 odd times (though amazingly he played every league game in 2004/05) and for the past couple there has been little point in relying on him. The problem is that Spurs can’t really get anything for him transfer wise as everyone knows his record. But maybe it is time to call it quits.

 

4. Who needs Bellamy and Santa Cruz? With Man City having now completed the deal for Craig Bellamy from West Ham whilst also still sniffing around Blackburn’s Santa Cruz maybe the two selling clubs will actually be better off. Saturday saw Carlton Cole score his fifth goal in five games and he formed quite a nice partnership with David Di Michele. Meanwhile at Ewood Park, Sam Allardyce gave Santa Cruz his first 21 minutes of play under his stewardship. It’s understandable why when you see that both Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts have scored four goals each in the four games since Fat Sam took over. The £18 million he’s likely to receive for the Paraguayan will certainly come in useful for improving the rest of the squad.

Fat Sam's Lancashire Emporium

Fat Sam's Lancashire Emporium

 

5. Though we talked about Ledley King always being injured, he’s not really a jinx. When he plays, Spurs are pretty solid. Gareth Bale and Darren Bent are a different story however. Bale reaches 21 games without a win (Nugent’s shot came off him too) while Bent added another glorious miss to his growing collection. You know you can’t have much of a future when the manager reckons his wife could have scored it. Tis true though, she probably could have.

This wouldn't be the first time...

This wouldn't be the first time...

 

6. So it seems Kaka’s move to Man City is off. I think that right now this is a good thing for City. Yes Kaka is one of the best players in the world but in their current predicament defensive players are a priority. Nigel de Jong is a good start.

 

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