The Champions League draw was a real cause for celebration in my neck of the woods, with Bertie, Tarquin and the rest of the gang heading down to Hoxton for a spot of watch-a-long drinking games (a shot for every time Luis Figo was spotted in the audience was just one rule).
By the time it was all over I was sloshed with the night ending on a sour note after a heated discussion between myself and Bertie, as to whom out of Henrik Larsson and Jon Dahl Tomasson had the greater impact in the European game, turned ugly.
The next morning I awoke to realise, aghast, that I had failed to complete the necessary research required for my tipster column. But fear not, because the Champions League was on hand to provide me with four pitch-perfect picks to back on Saturday.
Taking in Italy, Germany and Spain, this fabulous-o foursome is available at odds of just under 9/2.
Now I’ll drink to that…make mine a fizzy elderflower though…I’m still feeling weak.
Having holidayed with family in Turin for several summers as a youngster, I know that they take their football pretty seriously down there – so serious they even tried to rig results! But joking aside, the Old Lady and Serie A title holders should see off Chievo, having won on their last four meetings.
Oh Pep, Pep, Pep how I have missed your bristled bald head and tiki-taka ways during this summer. Live on BT Sport, I will be watching this one from the comfort of my IKEA Poang chair, safe in the knowledge Bayern have won their last seven against a Schalke, who lost to Hannover last time out.
Rudi Garcia is already something of a footballing Jesus after completing a water-to-wine like miracle in making Gervinho look like a superstar. A great night at the Stadio Olimpico awaits with the Romans winning each of their last four Serie A encounters with their Florence rivals.
I assumed there had been a Ceefax-style spelling error when Bilbao were drawn in the Champions League but I was proven incorrect. The other Athletic club dispatched my beloved Rafa Benitez’s Napoli in midweek and should make short work of Levante, who lost last time out to Villarreal.
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