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Arsenal v Spurs betting preview

In Betting preview, Top Tips on October 31, 2009 at 11:31

ARSENAL v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Premier League, Saturday, October 31st

The Emirates, kickoff 12.45pm

 

For a massive psychological boost, Arsenal really need to put one over Spurs in the Saturday lunchtime match. Chelsea don’t play until 3pm, and Manchester Utd aren’t taking the field until the evening, so for a few hours at least, Arsenal could see themselves slide into second place in the Premier League.

That’s not bad for a team who were written off by every pundit known to man before the season began.

It’s no secret that Arsenal are playing scintillating football this season and are scoring goals with considerable ease. However, they are leaking goals and have kept just five clean sheets in all competitions this season.

On the other hand, Spurs desperately need a win too.  A win over the Gunners would put them level on points with United and within shouting distance of top spot – a massive confidence booster to all at White Hart Lane.

Spurs showed great character in bouncing back in style from their home defeat against Stoke last weekend by pushing aside Everton mid-week in the League Cup. There is little doubt that Harry Redknapp has his squad in the best possible condition both physically and mentally. One worrying aspect of their play is their tendency to leak goals. To have conceded 14 goals in 10 league games is not title winning defending but it is their ability to regularly score at the other end of the pitch that has Spurs in their best position for many a year.

Roy Keane, Jermaine Defoe and Jermaine Jenas have been in prolific form while Aaron Lennon is surely playing the best football of his career. However, disappointingly for Redknapp, Defoe (suspended) and Lennon (ankle) will miss out on this big game. Peter Crouch is available for this game but other Spurs’ absentees are Cudicin, Woodgate, dos Santos, Modric and Ledley King.

For the Gunners, Almunia is available to play, as is Nasri, though he is likely to start on the bench. Fabianski, Rosicky and Walcott will all miss out through injury.

It will be intriguing to find out how both teams will cope with each other’s attacking qualities.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

There have been six meetings between Arsenal and Spurs in the last two seasons. A draw has been the most common result occurring three times, including a 4-4 thriller at The Emirates almost exactly a year ago to the day. The Gunners have won twice, while Spurs have beaten their big rivals just the once. However, Spurs record against Arsenal has been improving over the past few years and with the Spurs squad in as good a shape as it is, another good result could be on the cards.

 

VERDICT

Defoe’s suspension and Lennon’s injury will make this already tough game for Spurs even tougher. However, in Peter Crouch they have a very effective replacement for Defoe. He will cause aeriel problems for Arsenal and it will be interesting to see how the Arsenal back-line cope with him.

With both defences liable to leak goals, and both strike forces liable to grab goals, expect the ball to hit the back of the net more than once in this encounter.

If you search, you could find 1.80 available for both teams to score during the match which is surely a guaranteed outcome.

Arsenal will not walk through this game by any means, but it is very difficult to find value in this match without getting too worked up in the obscure bets. The bookmakers seem to have got their sums right. With home advantage, Arsenal are worthy favourites and should overcome a tough battle against a lively Spurs outfit. To turn a profit in this game, back a home win, and all variations of it.

 

RECOMMENDED

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE                1.80 (available)

ARSENAL TO WIN             1.59 BETFAIR

HALF-TIME/FULL-TIME  Arsenal 2.58 BETFAIR

 

***Please bet responsibly. Only bet with money that you can afford to lose — not your food kitty or rent/mortgage***

Top 10 scary films ever

In Movies on October 30, 2009 at 10:26

Press release issued by news4media.ie:

 

 

Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 movie The Shining has been named the scariest horror film ever, topping a list of 100 scary movies by top film website Totalscifionline.com.

Rosemary’s Baby, by controversial director Roman Polanski came in second place, while British cult classic The Wicker Man, famous for Britt Ekland’s naked dancing, was third.

The Shining stars Jack Nicholson and is based on a story by famous horror writer Stephen King. It tells the story of a frustrated writer who tries to murder his family in the isolated hotel where they are snowed in for the winter.

Though it received mixed reviews on its release in 1980 (and picked up nominations at the ‘alternative Oscars’ the Razzies for Worst Director and Worst Actress), its reputation has grown over the years, as subsequent generations in search of Halloween thrills have been terrified by its dark psychological themes and unforgettable imagery.

“Nearly 30 years after its initial release, The Shining remains an unparalled study in isolation, madness and paranoia,” says Matt McAllister, editor of Totalscifionline.com. “The expansive sets, surreal visuals, and an intense performance from Jack Nicholson add up to a film guaranteed to give viewers a sleepless night.”

Classic imagery and dialogue from The Shining which have entered popular culture include the spooky twin girls in the hotel corridor, the word “redrum” (murder backwards), the repeated phrase “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” and Jack Nicholson announcing, “Here’s Johnny!” as he smashes through a door with an axe. In recent years, the film’s classic status has seen it lovingly parodied on shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Totalscifionline.com Scariest Horror Movies – The Top Ten

1) The Shining (1980)
2) Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
3) The Wicker Man (1973)
4) Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
5) Psycho (1960)
6) Alien (1979)
7) Night of the Living Dead (1968)
8) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
9) Halloween (1978)
10) Jaws (1977)

To see the full list of 100 scary movies you must see, visit:
http://totalscifionline.com/features/4160-the-100-greatest-horror-movies

 

 

 

Personally, I think The Ring is the scariest. I was on the edge of my seat watching it the cinema. About a week later, I went to the cinema again to watch it, and was equally as scared.

Also, for some reason, I was shitting during The Blair Witch Project. I had heard so much about the movie and it was getting so much publicity as being so scary…i think i was fooled by the hype. For the duration of the film, I was literally chewing the ends of my fingers off, waiting for something to happen….but of course, nothing did happen. Until the end, that is. Then holy God, I jumped out of skin. That shaky camera routine is great for suspense and building of atmosphere. Rubbish film in an overall sense, but it worked on me. I was nervous for the cast all the way through…

Do you agree with the Top 10 above? What was the scariest movie you’ve ever seen?

Amazing project…but in Tipperary?

In News on October 21, 2009 at 15:37

It’s a long way to Tipperary….but soon, lots of people may be going there a lot more often.

An incredible venture is about to undertaken in the county, one that I cannot really believe will actually take place. People in the know have made assurances that a lot of the groundwork and capital are in place.

The project is being called The Tipperary Venue. The people handling the PR are calling it “the largest development of its kind in Ireland”.

Here’s the amazing bit….the components of this wonderful construction.

It will include an all-weather racecoursea greyhound track, a golf course and driving range, an equestrian centre and….wait for it…..a15,000 seater music/entertainment venue — that’s bigger than the new O2 arena in Dublin.

There will also be a replica built of The White House.

An all-weather racecourse has been talked about for the Tipperary region for some years now and i’m sure the new racecourse/greyhound track will be closely modelled on the Dundalk operation.

A golf course and driving range, an equestrian centre…ambitious projects in themselves, and of course a huge 15,000 seater arena.

Who’s gonna use a place like this? How many people even live in the County of Tipperary? Will the golf course attract enough members to make it viable? Or will it be a championship course?

And what about Tipperary’s already existing three racecourses in Clonmel, Tipperary Town and Thurles? Is there a market for a fourth racecourse in the county?

A 15,000 seater music hall? Will top international acts be including Tipperary on their world tours? Only top international acts will be able to sell-out an arena that size. Sometimes those big international performers dont even come to Dublin.

Perhaps the biggest question is: Who is providing the funding? How much will this venture cost?

On a positive note, it’s great for local employment and residents of Tipperary and surrounding counties will have a proper all-round facility on their doorstep.

There is a press conference/media briefing next week ahead of submission of the planning permission. When more details of this impressive/ambitious project are announced, they’ll be posted here…….

John and Edward

In Song on October 19, 2009 at 15:10

I’m all for Irish twins winning X Factor, but there’s one minor thing missing from John & Edward’s cv…they cannot sing. They’ve survived this long because Louis Walsh loves blond irish boys.

Rhydian (that weird blond/ayrian-looking bloke) may have been hated but that was due to his appearance and his style of singing. At least Rhydian could sing. These boys are being hated because they cannot sing and they are taking up a slot on the show that could be given to someone with a genuine talent.

However, there’s another part of me that wants this talentless duo to win the competition because that will teach these rubbish shows how easy it is to manipulate the voting…..And Ireland cant even vote in the X Factor. There is no doubt in my mind that the British public are keeping John & Edward in the competition to spite Simon Cowell.

Am I right?!

Long live John & Edward.

DISCLAIMER: I dislike everything that X Factor stands for…i only watch it because Mrs Ohsitdown is hooked on it.

Are you Kloot?

In Song on October 9, 2009 at 10:13

More people need to hear this song….perhaps one of the best songs I have ever heard. There are a few different versions of this song available…an amazingly raw demo, the album version, a John Peel session….all versions make the hair on the back of my neck do weird things.

Such a strange band name too. There’s three of them….which one is Kloot? Apparently,  in Dutch, kloot (not sure if that’s the right Dutch spelling of the word) means ‘one testicle’. The band claim they have more than one testicle. There’s also a cult movie called ‘Klute’. The band are not a movie.

Kloot have just released a B-sides album and rare recordings. From the non-album stuff i’ve heard, this 28-track album will be fantastic. You can order it off the band’s website (link below).

Band: I Am Kloot.

From: Manchester, England.

Song: Proof.

Rating: 10/10.

What would you rate this song?