Even Rooney Can Score v West Brom...

Most of his goals have come against the worst teams this season so it Degsy is backing him to score and Man United to win at West Brom this weekend...

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Arsenal v Everton
So that's that then. According to the doom-mongers, especially professional Arsenal-baiter/sh*t head (delete as applicable) Adrian Durham, the Gunners have spewed it in the league, are doomed in the Champions League and booked for yet another season sans silverware. Really? Granted the Champions League now looks a tough auld ask but they remain just four points off the top in the league and they face Everton here for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Jack Wilshere will be a big miss but there is enough quality in this side to get past Everton and I'm backing the Wenger boys to get the job done at the first time of asking here.
Betting: Both teams to score - Arsenal to win at 29/10 (Bet Victor)


Sheffield Utd v Charlton
Charlton denied the Steel City a huge FA Cup derby clash by beating Sheffield Wednesday in the last round and despite their travails in the Championship, I reckon they are a big price at 5/2 to win at Bramall Lane. My own FA Cup memories at Bramall Lane involve a seemingly 137-year-old Alan Cork, complete with Jesus beard, scoring a fluke to knock my beloved Hartlepool out of the Cup in the early 1990s in a match notable for the fact a drunken Hartlepool fan p*ssed up my back.
Betting: Charlton to win at 5/2 (bet365/Bet Victor)


Hull City v Sunderland
Can the Black Cats pick themselves up after their Capital One Cup heartbreak last weekend? If they can they look monster value to beat a Hull side who played like absolute f*cking tramps against Newcastle last Saturday.
Betting: Sunderland to win at 11/4 (Bet Victor)


Manchester City v Wigan
A repeat of last season's final and the Citizens will surely have revenge in mind here? Wigan famously won the Cup but ended up going down and it remains to be seen whether they've got the cojones to bounce straight back. With Sergio Aguero back in the mix the Blues will have goals in them and I fancy Citeh to dish out a paddling here.
Betting: Manchester City to win 4-1 at 18/1 (Ladbrokes)


Meanwhile, back in the league...


West Brom v Manchester United
I know there is every chance of me ending up looking like a biff here but despite recent evidence I reckon the Red Devils are a bet here. My reasons are two-fold:

1) West Brom are sh*te

2) Wayne Rooney loves playing the Baggies

With six goals in his last five PL starts against the Midlanders, Wazza clearly loves lining up against WBA. The Baggies' current iffy defence should be meat and drink to a striker earning £300k a week so I'm going to steam in and hope I'm not left punching myself in the face at 2:45pm on Saturday.
Betting: Rooney to score and Manchester United to win at 5/2 (Paddy Power)


Cardiff City v Fulham
Massive, massive, massive game at the bottom. Indeed if relegation six-pointers were noses, this would surely be Gerard Depardieu. With so much at stake ordinarily you would fancy a tight, tense affair but Fulham can't buy a clean sheet at present while Cardiff remain a shambles at the back.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 12/5 (Hills)


Crystal Palace V Southampton
Tough one to call with any degree of certainty this. The Saints ooze quality but the Eagles have won three of five home games since New Year. I'm going to park my arse firmly on the fence and call it as a draw.
Betting: Crystal Palace and Southampton to draw at 23/10 (bet365/Bet Victor)


Norwich v Stoke
Another game with plenty riding on it down at the bottom but I don't envisage a goal-fest here. The Canaries have kept four clean sheets in a row in the league at home but are still toiling up top. If ever a game is destined to finish goalless, be given short shrift by MOTD and then consigned to the 'sh*t game' history books, it is this.
Betting: No Goalscorer at 8/1 (Ladbrokes)


Chelsea v Tottenham
The Sky adverts have been busy all week highlighting the fact that Spurs have not beaten Chelsea away since 1990, the days of Acid House, Reebok Pump trainers and Gazza wearing plastic tits. It's an incredible stat really and you can get as high as 6/1 about them getting that particular monkey off their back on Sunday. It's not a bet I fancy however. I do like the look of Frank Lampard to score though. Having read 'Frankie's Magic Football', the calorifically challenged midfielder will never be mistaken for Tolstoy, but he does have a decent scoring record against Spurs.
Betting: Lampard to score anytime at 5/2 (Sky Bet)

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