Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Midweek Outlook (31 Jan 2008)

Manchester United vs Portsmouth

"And for that reason, Man Utd have to give a handicap of 1.75!! It seem to make Portsmouth a team to be underestimated."
-Gary, 31 Jan 2008

One good news and one bad news to report. Bad news first, I think Man Utd is really suay that they have to face Arsenal in the next round FA Cup tie.

Good news is we end Juande Ramos's run in cup competitions. I suggest dont look at the stats too much as the match itself, Tottenham were the hungrier side till the sending off of Michael Dawson. From then on, Man Utd take advantage of the extra man to kill the tie beyond doubt in the dying minutes of the match.

Next match is against Portsmouth before heading to White Hart Lane over the weekend (hope the match has no revenge over it.) Portsmouth is another bogey team for us. Ever since Harry Redknapp is in charge of Portsmouth in Dec 2005, he have transform Portsmouth from relegation-threatened team into an Europe-hopeful team. Last 2 matches against them ended with a draw and a win to them, credit to Rio Ferdinand for scoring an own goal due to a miscommunication between him and Edwin van der Sar.

With the African Nations Cup taking place right now, Portsmouth is depleted without their African players, mainly John Utaka, Sulley Muntari, Papa Bouba Diop and Lauren. Those whom are not mentioned are still with the Portsmouth squad. And for that reason, Man Utd have to give a handicap of 1.75!! It seem to make Portsmouth a team to be underestimated.

By the way, Ronaldo have won the bet for scoring 25 goals. Wonder Fergie will honour the bet or not.

Man Utd's Team News: No major injuries going into this match. Gary Neville is still out.

Portsmouth's Team News: Other than the African players on duty for African Nations Cup, there are also no major injuries. Milan Baros will be making his debut for Portsmouth from Lyon on loan.

Odds and Analysis: Such a high handicap of 1.75 at 2.205 and with a strong reasoning in the outlook, i wont take Man Utd to clear the handicap but a slim win for Man Utd.

Disclaimer: This review is entirely on my own views and opinion. I didn’t point a gun at you to ask you to follow. If you want to bet on this game, do so at your own risk. Pls bet within limits. Good luck.


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