Eish, that’s the last bet I’m taking this season

2010-11-10 00:00

WELL, thanks to Chelsea’s no-show at Anfield, your scribe is now out of pocket.

My bet regarding Liverpool’s form didn’t last as long as I’d anticipated, and I have had to cough up.

Amazingly though, the Liverpool fan whom I had bet against turned down the chance to have four lunches on my what’s-left-of-my salary at this stage of the month.

Thank goodness!

He did have one humble request, though.

So, tomorrow I will head to the nearest “Toy Story” box I can find, and drop in a toy for a little boy and a little girl.

He did push his luck and request a miniature Fernando Torres, but I reminded him that I had neither the patience nor the pennies to ship it over from Merseyside.

So that really is the end of my betting season.

There is the small matter of the Soweto derby this weekend, but I won’t even bother forecasting what may or may not go down. I’ve been in terrible form lately.

You would hope there are goals — heck, after the form that Pirates and my beloved Amakhosi have shown in recent weeks, there had better be!

I am doing my best to not focus on Saturday, but the signs are every- where I look.

I went to Cape Town recently for a little, er, business.

Somewhere in between the, er, business, I found the time to head to Robben Island.

Yes, it should have happened ages ago, but whenever I went to the Mother City before, it was always on someone else’s time.

Not last week, though.

So, as visitors do, I went around the island and then finally ended at Madiba’s cell.

The sight of it confirmed to me precisely why the great man is definitely a Pirates supporter.

Of course it was grim, with precious little in the way of sunshine.

And being surrounded by water, one would have needed tremendous resolve and patience to see a lengthy sentence through.

I doff my cap at every long-suffering Buccaneer fan, but I also hope that your misery continues right through to Saturday night.

Shucks, call me selfish. I need a Chiefs win to make my world seem just a little brighter.

Well anyway, tonight there is another derby that will divide a great city.

Manchester United visit City in a pretty massive league game, and you can be sure that the fare will be rather tasty.

If you think the Soweto derby is doused with hatred, then you must not have seen Manchester on derby day.

It is red-hot, and the oil riches that have now basted the City half of Manchester have only made matters worse.

The Wayne Rooney saga has only poured petrol on the flames, so tonight will not be for the faint-hearted.

Away from the derby, Newcastle have caught the eye in recent weeks.

Their 5-1 drubbing of Sunderland was followed by a huge scalp at Arsenal.

And at the heart of it is one Andy Carroll. The 21-year-old has scored goals and set them up, all while courting controversy off the field.

How long he will be able to juggle court cases and slick crosses we will see.

And the Toon Army is back in full cry, although I am not sure I want to see too many more pot-bellied, bare-chested fans jumping in the stands again.

I am all for enthusiasm, but catching a glimpse of that scary sight at supper-time is just not healthy.

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