Lots of blanks to fill in as West Ham travel to Shrewsbury for a banana skin that will be live on BBC1.
It’s not often you get club football on a channel that the whole nation might watch together, and today is no exception, because Celebrity Catchphrase is on ITV.
If David Moyes was asked to ‘say what you see’ about the job at hand here, he’d be groping for a polite conclusion to the well known phrase or saying, ‘an almighty pain in the….’ what?
Moyes’s problem is that he’s got some momentum going with the hapless Hammers, but there’s still no disguising the terrible fragility of what amounts to their top-flight ‘cutting-edge’.
Players like Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, could well be all that separate West Ham from a visit to the Championship.
Why risk any or all of them getting crocked, again, here?
The bookies are waggling Evens the Hammers win, and if they were ‘at it’ full strength that would be huge – Shrewsbury’s results against the cream of League One are nothing very special.
As they’re not ‘at it’, we’re clueless. Punting NO ‘both teams to score’ at Evens (BetVictor) could be the answer.
Hard to see bossless Nottingham Forest upsetting holders Arsenal in the other TV mismatch (4pm).
They haven’t scored in their last three games, and if styles make fights, then the open-minded hosts look ripe for a proper clumping. Take another NO ‘both teams to score’ at 13/10 (BetVictor) .
Longshot fans should try the general 50/1 that Arsenal match last season’s cup efforts against Lincoln and Southampton – and nibble the 0-5 correct score.
Wimbledon are long odds-on to get stuffed at Wembley against Tottenham (3pm), but rotation is the dark fear for Spurs backers.
If Harry Kane and/or Dele Alli don’t start, and that’s looking likely, it’s a huge tilt of the balances. Those two have got their dabs on just about every goal Spurs score.
It’s still a Premier League squad plump with quality, and the sea of low-score Spurs angles looks the place to fish – no League One side has scored fewer away goals than the Dons.
I’ll take the 21/20 (Lads, Fred, Coral) that it’s a ‘Spurs win + total goals UNDER 3.5’ result.
Leeds are planning to start their Dutch teen hopeful Jay-Roy Grot when they go to League Two also-rans Newport County (12pm).
Old heads might be a wiser shout – there were NINE yellows when Leeds beat County 5-1 in the EFL Cup in August.
I’ll take the 8/1 (Skybet) Grot gets shown a card today.