As most of the UK’s press, and sports book industry for that matter, speculated as to whether or not David Beckham will actually end up in the Premier League, there were actually games going on this weekend. Not the kind of games you’d have been playing on New Years Eve, I mean actual football matches in the actual Premier League!
After a weekend that promised to shake everything up like a strong cocktail, we really didn’t learn that much about the race for the title on Saturday. That was before you remembered that Chelsea’s laughter society was meeting on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday’s games again showed us that Manchester United may well be top of the league but they can still pay off a referee without batting as much as an eyelid. This was as they were beating West Brom 2-1 with a stonewall penalty for the hosts turned down.
Arsenal were easy winners in the late kick off, after Spurs and Man City had both won by single goals in their games. Then you had time to sleep off that prolonged New Years hangover in time for the Chelsea show on Sunday afternoon.
If you don’t take some kind of satisfaction out of watching them fuck it up all the time then what is wrong with you?! Yesterday was one of the best yet.
After Frank Lampard’s penalty had been cancelled out by goals from Aston Villa pair Ashley Young and Emile Heskey, Didier Drogba’s goal 10 minutes from time set up a frenetic finish. Captain John Terry then scored in the 89th minutes and they thought they’d won it. Cue ridiculous celebrations and JT looking happier than when he enjoyed that four-way in the back of a Hummer.
As we entered injury time, Villa destroyed the script and equalized through a Ciaran Clark header. Villa celebrated with their fans; Chelsea argued amongst them and JT went back to dreaming up a woman to woo after the game.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “Thanks a million, Carlo! After Saturday’s punter-friendly results we had hordes of accumulators running on to a Chelsea victory, so their failure to win is worth a seven figure saving to us and probably an eight-figure boost for the industry.
“This was a result which clearly did more for Villa than Chelsea, but Gerard Houllier is generally perceived to be more at risk than Carlo Ancelotti.”
So all that remains now is for us all to speculate as to if we will see Becks turning out in the Premier League anytime soon. What do you reckon William?
“There seems to be something of a Redknapp-Beckham love-in going on, so we’ve had to cut our odds for Becks to go to White Hart Lane on loan” said Hill’s spokesman Sharpe, as they shortened the former England captain’s odds from 1/3 to 1/5 to join ‘arry at Tottenham.