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Weblog: The football punter

A staggeringly good idea

We all know football is a 24/7 business. Mrs Bunter has long since given up raising an eyebrow when I tell her I’m busy watching a game every night of the week.

“But it’s a Monday,” she used to say. Not any more.
She just shakes her head and mutters something indistinct, then walks off.

Thursday night is Europa night, so that means sneaking out of work ten minutes early to catch kick-off and see what Premier League cloggers Stoke make of a warm Thursday in Valencia.

Bet they won’t fancy it.

If that game doesn’t do it for me, there’s Athletic Bilbao v Lokomotiv Moscow on the other side. Lovely. Then we move straight on to the later kick-off – and surely staggered kick-offs are the future for armchair punters.

We already get it on Sundays, why not split up Saturday afternoons as well? Football League games at one o'clock,
Premier League at three, Jeff and the boys keeping us up to date all the way through.

You can’t have too much of a good thing, and it makes it easier trying to keep up to date when you’ve had 20-odd bets and got
doubles, trebles and yankees across the board.

There’ll be no big yankees today though because much as I love the Europa League to don’t want to put your cash down on this motley lot.

Standard Liege ought to be home bankers at 4-7 against Wisla Krakow, but how do you know they won’t be holding themselves back for the big one against St Truden on Sunday? And do you really want to back a team whose name is just another word for mediocre?

The best bet has to be to wait for team news to filter in close to
kick-off time. Whenever that is.

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