Weblog: The football punter
Canny Kean's Champions League ambitions
Monday night’s Premier League match features two wily Glaswegian managers who are masters at getting their teams to peak at just the
right time of the season. Weknow all about Sir Alex Ferguson but
credit has to go to Blackburn boss Steve Kean, who has planned his
campaign to perfection.
Start off with a terrible run of form, which gets the fans’
expectations lower than a snake’s belly. Then, just when your
reputation is at rock-bottom, pick up a few points, avoid relegation
and convince everyone that you’ve got the escapology skills of Harry
Houdini and Dave Bassett rolled into one.
Kean’s got a tricky night ahead of him, though, especially as
Blackburn have already beaten United at Old Trafford this season. If
they complete thedouble over the champions then he’s never going to
be able to play the miracle-worker card again. Far from praising him
for guiding Rovers to a 17th-placed finish, they’ll be demanding why
they didn’t win the Champions League. And they won’t take “because we weren’t in it” for an answer.
Blackburn have had no problem scoring goals this season but I can’t
see their defence holding up against Wayne Rooney and co. I’m going to have a couple of correct-score tickles on United to win 3-1 and 3-2.
And don’t forget that ante-post bet on Blackburn for the 2013-14
Champions League. You know it makes sense. Sort of.