Advent Tips – December 2nd

| December 2, 2010 | 6 Replies

Well, yesterday’s tip may have fallen short but it certainly wasn’t through a lack of trying. In total there were a whopping 25 shots on goal – 14 of which were on target! Unfortunately, it seems the strikers left their shooting boots at home and the match finished up with just the one goal. Ah well, onwards and upwards!

December 2nd

Back Portugal and Spain to be awarded the right to host the 2018 World Cup. This is currently a best priced 9/2 with and William HillWilliam Hill Sports.

Now, before anyone gets any ideas, I’m not one of those moany old gits that wants England to lose the bid. I would in fact love England to win the bid but alas, I just can’t see it happening with the present incumbents at Fifa.

Half of them are corrupt (allegedly) and the rest of them seem to have a deep seated hatred of the English (Michel Platini i’m looking at you).

So if England aren’t going to win who is? The second favourite is currently Russia but given the (allegations)of corruption that are being bandied about, I’m not sure if even Fifa would be silly enough to hand their prized asset to a nation that is (allegedly) using the Mafia to do its dirty work.

And who does that leave? Portugal and Spain that’s who. They’re the easy option and quite frankly, Fifa strike me as the sort of organisation that will take the easy option more often than not.

Interestingly, there is some sort of rumour flying about that there is another runner in this race but given that the fourth bid supposedly includes that international hotspot known as Belgium, I think it must be some sort of hoax.

So, back Portugal and Spain and be quick about it – the vote is due to take place at around 3pm this afternoon.

Oh and by the way, I realise that this post has been decidedly un-Christmassy so I’ve come up with a little Christmas game. Amongst the good, bad and ugly of Fifa is a Father Christmas lookalike. Can you spot him?

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  1. Sheila says:

    Just to say thanks for the free tips. Keep up the good work and God bless

  2. Hughesy says:

    Nice idea Matt and this makes sense to me. I see now though that England are a very short price so maybe the presentation by Prince Will et el has had an effect?

    probably not though, I reckon the BBC and Times ruined any real chance England had so I’m in on the Portugal/Spain bet. it’s 5/1 at Bet365 and Hills…

  3. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Thanks Sheila.

    Hughesy – I guess the question is whether the voters had already made their minds up prior to today’s events.

    I’ve gotta be honest, I’m pretty torn about this bet as I would absolutely love England to win the bid. I guess that means it’s a win-win situation though – providing Russia doesn’t win of course!

    Matt

  4. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Well, turns out they are silly enough to hand it to Russia.

    I would very much like to launch into a rant at this stage but I can’t afford a libel suit so I may just have to keep quiet on the matter!

    Same time tomorrow then…

  5. Richard says:

    Hi Matt, Looks like your computer didn’t adjust itself for GMT, either that or I’ve just read your last posting 20 minutes before you wrote it!
    Cheers and I hope the snow isn’t causing you too much inconvenience.

  6. Matt Houghton Matt Houghton says:

    Hi Richard,

    Yeah, I’d noticed that. I’ve asked the person in charge of the technical side to take a look. I’m not great at the technical stuff, I’d take a pen and paper over a computer any day!

    The snow hasn’t been too bad where I am. The trains are off but then, when are they ever on?!

    Matt

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