Saturday, December 22, 2007



Rangers received another huge, off the pitch, boost this week, when yet another extremely rich man, joined the board. Lakshmi Mittal bought 20% of the club and with £50bn, he comes in at number 5 in the world rich list and makes Abramovitch look hard up !

They are , no doubt, already lining up a number of big money transfer window signings, so all the team are playing for starting places. Bolder and Vine return to the starting line up following suspension and two clean sheets , plus 4 points from two very tough fixtures, augurs well.

The visitors are in for a long battle against the drop and have few such resources at their disposal. They have won just once in 11 starts and are without a clean sheet in 31 matches !

6 points QPR -1/4 ball 1.80 asian line.... now 1.75


Time for a Pool home win. If they are going to survive in the Championship, they can ill afford to lose three in a row at Bloomfield Road. This match comes after losses to Cardiff and Stoke, games in which, they by no means played badly and averaged 18.5 attempts on goal.With 3 of their next 4 away, they really need maximum points against a Coventry side, who have had a few key players miss training this week.

6 points Blackpool -1/4 ball 2.20 asian line.... now 2.07


Saints need this one to keep the pressure on the teams immediately above them and also, to get a little revenge. This is hard to believe, but in the last two h2h meetings at Deepdale, Southampton have dominated possession and chances, yet lost both, conceding 8 goals in the process, so they feel, quite rightly, hard done by. They have managed to tighten up considerably at the back and boss George Burley, is further boosted by the return of two central defenders, giving him even more defensive options.

PNE are without their captain and have three other key players, facing late tests. Hosts have impressed recently and can get that revenge this afternoon.

5 points -1/2 ball 1.96 asian line..... now 1.86

Good Luck.

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