Anyone who, like me, made the rash decision that they would be boycotting football after yesterday’s FIFA vote will have been amused by Bodog’s “Men in Tights” release this afternoon ahead of the weekend’s games. Where is the most likely place to see Bodog’s threat carried out though?
Blackpool gaffer Ian Holloway had already made steps to banish his players from wearing gloves, but Ryan Giggs and his tight wearing friends from Old Trafford won’t have to trot out in the cold seaside weather. That’s the only game that has been victim to the weather though.
Of the likely scorers on Saturday, there’s a number of candidates that may well be caught out in some of the aforementioned wear. Arsenal’s Emmanuel Eboue is already pictured in the original article wearing tights but is currently injured. Elsewhere Pascal Chimbonda of Blackburn has been seen sporting a pair before, and home to Wolves represents a chance for the French full-back. If Chelsea get a penalty kick at home to Everton, picking Petr Cech to take it would represent a chance for them to be part of Bodog’s betting as well.
Man City could have a number of candidates, Mario Balotelli and David Silva chief among them, Bolton at home representing a brilliant opportunity.
Of Sunday’s games, your best chance is likely to be at the Stadium of Light, and Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan. Last but by no means least though we should give a mention to Bodog-sponsored Fulham’s striker Andy Johnson, who, if he scores at the Emirates, may well be completely ignored by the club’s very gaming partner.