This weekends Football Forcast

Last updated : 20 December 2004 By Ian Weston
Despite draws scuppering all three single tips last week, all things were
well with both three unit doubles coming in, as well as a 7/1 result with
the correct score on Atralanta 0 - 1 Udinese, and including that result
brings a weekly profit of a stonking 82%. So I'm happy enough, while
everyone else can have a good cry into their cornflakes since I know full
well no-one in their right mind would trust me anyway.

So onwards and downwards, and hopefully more joy with the individual tips
this week.

READING 4/5 Home v QPR

First off this week is League Championship promotion contenders Reading,
unbeaten in their 11 home games this season and fresh from a good 2-0 away
win against Leicester last time out. The possible return of captain Graeme
Murty could also provide a timely boost, as Reading look to close the gap on
leaders Wigan. Meanwhile, despite their lofty league position, QPR have
struggled of late. A 1-0 home win against lowly Cardiff is their only points
in the last four matches, the others including a 6-1 drubbing away to Leeds,
and a 4-2 home reverse against fellow contenders Ipswich last week. All
evidence suggests that QPR may well again struggle against another of their
promotion rivals.

HULL 1/1 Home v Tranmere

Second plays Third in League one this week, as Hull and Tranmere set about a
pursuit of impressive league leaders Luton, currently four points ahead at
the top of the division. There is little to split these two on recent form,
save for the impressive showings of Hull at home, which is the clincher for
me. In their 25,000 capacity KC Stadium, often drawing crowds in excess of
15,000, the Tigers have been cheered on to five straight home wins, and
another bumper crowd is expected for Saturday. I'm going for Hull to sneak
it by a goal.

ROCHDALE 21/20 Home v Bristol Rovers

Staying down south for the third tip this week, and while only one point
separates the two in the league, much of that can be attributed to Bristol's
impressive start to the season. Since then, they have gathered ten points
from their last ten games, only two of which came away from home, and this
is in sharp contrast to Rochdale's recent run, involving 4 out of 5 home
wins. A penalty loss to Kidderminster last week blotted their copy book, but
it also translates into very tempting odds.


Back to Scotland for Inverness' long trip south, where they meet a bouyant
Motherwell side. The Fir Park outfit have won five games on the bounce, for
the loss of only one goal, and Terry Butcher will be demanding a continued
run against Inverness. Caley have yet to win a game on the road recording
only two points in eight attempts, and even though a draw against ten man
Hearts last week should give them a boost, 'Well should be too strong.


MAN UTD 2/9 Home v Crystal Palace
CHELSEA 1/6 Home v Norwich
GRETNA 1/6 Home v Stenhousemuir

A very confident treble again this week, and even though the odds dont look
too tempting, all together they make up a 4/6, and all should run out
comfortable winners.

Chelsea and Man Utd both take on strugglers at home this week, and after
both registered draws last weekend will be keen to return to winning ways.
Chelsea safely negotiated a trip to Arsenal, and will look to put more
distance between the two as the Champions travel to Portsmouth. The
Premierships best defence shouldn't be too troubled, and as a clutch of top
strikers vie for starting slots, expect a strong home win. Man Utd will also
be looking to impress following a draw with Fulham in which they dominated
throughout, and with Champions League commitments dealt with for the time
being should have little trouble seeing off Palace.

Once again Gretna are in the treble, and since Ive buzzed about their form
for the last two weeks, I wont bother crowing about it again. Stenhousemuir
lost 5-0 away to Peterhead two weeks ago, and this trip will be a whole lot


AZ ALKMAAR 4/9 Away v RBC Roosendaal

AZ are one of the success stories in European football this season, and have
won nine games on the bounce, all but one by atleast two goals. They
suffered a minor setback in midweek with a defeat to Grazer of Austria when
fielding a full strength side, but remotivated by the three point deficit to
league leaders PSV should be enough to see them through. RBC have conceded
15 goals in their last five games, all defeats, and are unlikely to stop the
rot on Saturday.

And finally:

ANDERLECHT 4/11 Away v Mons (Friday night game)

Mons just cant win at the moment, and so the visit of second placed
Anderlecht comes at a particularly bad time. One point from a possible 30
over their last ten matches, so need I say more? Probably not, but I will
anyway. A surprise win for Oostende against La Louviere demoted Mons to
bottom of the table, whose weekend was marked by a 5-1 drubbing from
mid-table Mouscron. I'd quite like things to get better for them, but it
just wont happen.

I would provide my email address for fan mail, but Im a bit apprehensive
after the mix up last week when Dov brought round a male fan (you loved it :-) *Dov*, so until next

All odds taken from William Hill.

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