The Safety Net: Scholes’ testimonial can net us a tidy profit

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The return of Eric Cantona to Old Trafford tonight will be a real highlight but Paul Scholes will not want to be upstaged by the Frenchman.

Tonight’s testimonial for Paul Scholes is the focus of the Safety Net tonight and after Daniele Hantuchova’s win in San Diego yesterday, the bank stands at a very healthy £459.

With Manchester United taking on Manchester City in Sunday’s Community Shield it’s difficult to predict just what kind of side Sir Alex Ferguson will pick for Paul Scholes’ testimonial tonight, but he will be picking from a full squad.

Javier Hernandez, Michael Carrick and Rafael will certainly not play a part and the trio will miss Sunday’s clash with the local rivals, but other than that we can expect to see most of the first team play some sort of part.

At 1/7 we’re taking a bit of a risk considering it’s a friendly, but while Eric Cantona will want every effort from his side, it’s difficult to see the Frenchman stopping Scholes from exiting in a blaze of glory.

The Cosmos are football’s equivalent of the Barbarian’s in rugby union and they will be searching far and wide for players for tonight’s match with Nicky Butt, Gary Neville, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Viera expected to turn out.

With such a haphazard team being thrown together it should make for an entertaining game and goals can be expected as both sides try to entertain the crowd.

But with the Cosmos side inexperienced, Manchester United can take advantaged whether the team is made up of youngsters or experienced professionals.

We’re staking £140 on Manchester United to make our £20 target today and we fully expect to see Scholes bow out on a high.

Current Status
Bank: £459
Today’s stake: £140
Best case scenario: £479
Worst case scenario: £319

Last Safety Net bet: Daniele Hantuchova beat Jie Zheng at 1/5

Wealth warning: although we are confident the safety net bet’s strategy will be profitable over a period of time, the nature of sport means we cannot guarantee you will win every single time.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.