Speaking of Valentines, there may not be a whole lotta love shared down on the South coast when Southampton meet struggling rivals Portsmouth. You can go to PaddyPower.com to bet on the number of red cards in the match and the first player to be sent off.  Beyond the FA Cup there is betting on Manchester United’s own goals. With ten own goals in their favour only Wayne Rooney has scored more goals for United this season. Will ‘OG’ outscore the rest of Fergie’s goalshy squad this season? And how many more will United’s opponents score on their behalf this season?

The Champions League also returns this week with the start of the knockout stages. As well as odds to qualify Paddy Power has betting on David Beckham’s first competitive matches against former club Man Utd.




Match Home Draw Away
Aberdeen v Celtic 5/1 3/1 8/15
Hamilton v Motherwell 7/4 12/5 11/8
Hearts v Falkirk 3/4 5/2 7/2
Kilmarnock v St Johnstone 11/10 12/5 9/4
St Mirren v Dundee Utd 15/8 12/5 13/10
Rangers v Hibernian 2/5 10/3 13/2



Aberdeen    1 – 3 Celtic


Hamilton      0 – 1 Motherwell


Hearts          2 – 0 Falkirk


Kilmarnock   2 – 0 St Johnstone


St Mirren     1 – 2 Dundee Utd


Rangers      1 – 1 Hibernian





Commentary Cliché Shock Result – just four punters were celebrating an outsider coming home in Paddy Power’s John Terry Commentary Cliché result last week when the Sky Sports commentators said “Mr Chelsea” first for a 100/1 result.

English Premier League

5/6        Chelsea

5/4        Man Utd

9/1        Arsenal

80/1      Man City




Old Trafford – The Theatre of Own Goals. With ten own goals in their favour only Wayne Rooney has scored more goals for United this season. Will ‘OG’ outscore the rest of Fergie’s goalshy squad this season?

How many own goals will be scored for United this season?

8/15      10-11

6/4        12-13

14/1      14-15

33/1      16 or more




Beckham v Man Utd Tie Betting

4/1        Beckham to score in first leg

8/1        Betting to score in second leg

40/1      Beckham to score in both legs

100/1    Beckham to score from inside his own half

9/1        Beckham to score direct from a free kick

16/1      Beckham to be sent off

250/1    Beckham to kick a football boot at Fergie


Earlier I said we’d look at the Winter Olympics and with the opening ceremony on Saturday and the competing Nations are preparing to send their finest athletes to slide their way to Olympic glory. Paddy Power has Germany as the 7/5 favourite just ahead of hosts Canada at 5/2 to be the overall medal table winner when the games conclude on the 28th February.

The hosts Canada, following two relatively unsuccessful games previously held in the country, have left no stone unturned in their team’s preparations for the Vancouver 2010 games and are keen to give the nation sporting success. The team has been ruthless in the build up to the point of restricting competitors training time at Olympic venues to make sure their athletes have every possible home advantage.

Team GB are also in the hunt for medals and are sending one of their strongest squads to a winter games. Hopes ride on the Curling Team again with Paddy Power quoting the men’s team at 4/1 and women’s team at 13/1 to pick up gold. Shelley Rudman, silver medalist in 2006, is also a strong prospect for gold in the Skeleton Bob at 7/1 and reigning World Champions, Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke, in the two-women bobsleigh are 10/1.

Sponsored by Paddy Power Kwame Nkrumah- Acheampong, aka the Snow Leopard, is the first Ghanaian to qualify for the Olympic Games, the lack of snow in his home country and the fact he first skied six years ago makes him 500/1 for gold.

Roberto Coladangelo spokesman for Paddy Power said; “We try not to be biased but surely the only person to watch at the games is our very own Snow Leopard. We love an underdog so have paid for his coach, physio and manager to join him and Vancouver and give him everything he needs to compete against the best in the world. Ghana for gold??!!”

Overall Medal Table Winner

7/5 Germany

5/2 Canada

17/4 USA

5/1 Russia

8/1 Austria

8/1 Norway

14/1 Sweden

20/1 Switzerland

25/1 Italy

50/1 Bar



GB Total Gold Medals

8/15 None

7/4 One

10/1 Two

12/1 Three or more



Canada Total Gold Medals

30/1 None

25/1 One

20/1 Two

13/1 Three

8/1 Four

11/2 Five

4/1 Six

7/2 Seven

9/2 Eight

11/2 Nine

6/1 Ten

8/1 Eleven

3/1 Twelve or more



GB Gold Medal Hopefuls

4/1 GB Men’s Curling

7/1 S Rudman Women’s Skeleton

10/1 GB Two Women bobsleigh

13/1 GB Womens Curling

14/1 K Bromley Skeleton Bob

25/1 J Eley, speed skating

50/1 Z Gillings Women’s Snowboarding Cross

75/1 Kerr and Kerr, Mixed Ice Dance

80/1 C Alcott Women’s Super G

100/1 C Alcott Women’s Giant Slalom



Ghana Medal Hopefuls

500/1 Kwame Nkrumah- Acheampong


Mens Ice Hockey

11/10 Canada

9/4 Russia

9/2 Sweden

6/1 USA

14/1 Finland

16/1 Czech Rep

40/1 Bar



Men’s Downhill

3/1 Cuche

7/2 Walchhofer

6/1 Janka

7/1 Osborne-Paradis

15/2 Svindal

9/1 Miller

14/1 Bar


Wednesday was a sobering moment for me as I realised my football career is over.  When we made the substitutions I realised that the COMBINED age of our two centre halves was below mine – two players together younger than me!  Still it could be worse, I could be this old AND support Rangers!

Hopefully the team can continue to gel and score some goals and then – can you imagine old man Weir chasing Keane about the park?