Posts Tagged ‘red card’

Weekly Photoshop – Mark van Bommel


Dutch midfield destroyer Nigel de Jong Mark van Bommel is this week’s theme.

He left a trail of bad fouls, late tackling and all round nastiness whilst helping Holland reach the World Cup final. What was most impressive was that he basically got away with most of it, only getting booked in the semi-final (for kicking the ball away of all things) and the final (where everyone got booked).

That said, he’s a very effective player though one who is hard to like if he doesn’t play for you (and that’s understating it somewhat!) . Anyway, as promised we have the one being held back from last week as well as a second one I came up with.


mark van bommel holland usual suspects

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the ref that it wasn't a booking.


van bommel ninja foul

Using advanced stealth tactics, van Bommel Ninja Training can teach anyone how to leave a trail of destruction with no consequences.


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Weekly Photoshop – World Cup Memories


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.


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


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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.


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.


The Six Pointer – Zlatan v Ronaldo, Adebayor’s Red Card & more…


That was the weekend that was…


1. I was not too impressed by Liverpool’s negative tactics during yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal. I can understand that in light of their past record at the Emirates a draw would be a good result, but considering the man advantage they had for half an hour I thought they would have made more of an attempt to go for three points. Beyond Agger’s pile driver and an El Zhar header there was nothing forthcoming in that 30 minutes. This has been Liverpool’s problem for years and is the reason they don’t (and won’t) win the title. Very difficult to beat but too many needless draws to maintain a challenge.

Howard 'Moses' Webb parts the sea of Adebayor's hair

Howard 'Moses' Webb parts the sea of Adebayor's hair.

As for Adebayor’s red card, I thought it was harsh. The first yellow was fair as he went in with his studs but the second was quite innocuous and Arbeloa made the most of the brush against his face. And before anyone suggests “If you raise your arms…” I don’t think that was the case here. On a side note at least the talk of Arsenal’s title challenge has been put to bed. Next week’s game against Villa should be the proverbial Christmas cracker. Adebayor and Fabregas will both be out, Arsenal’s defence will need to defend a lot deeper against Agbonlahor than they did against Robbie Keane…


2. Arsene Wenger must be beginning to feel very aggrieved playing Liverpool. The following are all what could be described as contentious decisions. 

and going further back


3. Talking of red cards, how did Julio Arca not get one for his filthy tackle on Andy Johnson on Saturday?

I am your king. I shall tackle you and I shall look down on you as you lie there with a mangled leg.

I am your king. I shall tackle crush you and then look down on you as you lie there, crying and helpless with a mangled leg.



4. If at the start of the season you looked at next week’s  fixture between Man City and Hull and had to guess which team would be sixth and which would be eighteenth it is fair to say you would not have been putting Mark Hughes’ side in the relegation zone. That however is the state they find themselves in after another sorry defeat, this time to West Brom. Hughes does apparently have time to sort it out, and I think he will if only because of the obscene transfer funds he has at his disposal. I’m still not really sure though how a team who were pretty solid under Sven and have since strengthened with Robinho and SWP have regressed so much.

How long does one get to sort out one's own mess?

How long does one get to sort out one's own mess?


5. Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky – Fulham’s back five. Now joint third best defence in the Premier League.

6. So, in the first of his no doubt weekly musings on the Man Utd v Inter Champions League clash (two whole months away…), Jose Mourinho reckons Zlatan Ibrahimovic is better than Cristiano Ronaldo. Now I could talk about how Ronaldo has almost as many career goals from the wing as Zlatan does upfront (CR – 107 in 290, ZI – 133 in 310), or how Ronaldo has been much more influential in winning things both for his club and for himself.

But, if I remember correctly I’m pretty sure they tried to settle this before…



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