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If Premier League teams were pizzas Chelsea would be double pepperoni

| 24.02.2015

Ladbrokes recently teamed up with Pizza purveyors Papa John’s to dish out loads of free pizzas.

Whether it be a freebie from social media or one of the free codes given out in stores when placing a £10 bet*, we’ve been keeping the betting public’s hunger at bay with doughy goodness for a couple of weeks now.

Inevitably this has led to a spike in pizza based conversation around Ladbrokes HQ and it got the News team thinking… which of Papa John’s pizzas best reflect some of the teams in the Premier League?

So, without further ado, here’s the feature you never asked for … If Premier League teams were pizzas.

Manchester United – All The Meats

Like this pizza Manchester United boast all the key ingredients needed for a football fiesta. Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie could easily be described as the crispy bacon, pepperoni, pork sausage, spicy beef and chunky ham of the football world.

On paper, this looks exactly what you want but when it arrives you’re not quite sure if all these flavours can be accommodated in one dish. But rest assured, by the time you finish the job is done.

Piri Piri Chicken – Southampton

Like Piri Piri flavouring Southampton have come from nowhere in recent years to be the team on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

Led by their Portuguese team captain Jose Fonte, the Saints have overtaken some of the more traditional clubs to become the side that everyone is talking about.

Papa’s Double Pepperoni – Chelsea

The debate about pizza toppings will rumble on forever but there is no denying that pepperoni is the pinnacle of popularity. You could call it the trophy of the pizza world.

And with Chelsea looking a sure-fire bet to land at least a double this year – with the League Cup and Premier League in their grasp – this is shaping up to be a season to leave the Blues squad more than satisfied.

Cheese & Tomato – West Bromwich Albion

Say what you want about the trusty margherita but it knows what it does and it does it well. To be fair this could have been Crystal Palace towards the end of last season or Stoke City before that.

The common theme here is Tony Pulis and the success of his sides is based on a foundation of doing the basic things well before worrying about the fancy stuff. You can always add things to a margherita but you’ve got to get that base just right first!

Spicy Italian – Liverpool

Mario Balotelli – need we say more?

Hawaiian Special – Stoke City

Under Pulis Stoke were renowned for being a functional side that got the job done – a ham and mushroom pizza of the Premier League if you will.

But what happens when you throw in some pineapple (apologies here to the likes of Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf)? Adding a taste of the flamboyant to a recipe that is a proven performer clearly elevates a side to something bigger and better than expected!

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.