Quite a bit of water has passed under the bridge since an Everton fan showed his multitasking skills when Lyon played Everton at Goodison Park in the Europa League. The man combined child care and hooliganism and his reaction to being banned for life was telling. He said: “I don’t care because Everton are s***”. His behaviour was appalling but he’s a good judge when it comes to football.
The nightmare scenario can continue for Everton tonight when LYON (1/2 with William Hill) should beat them in the reverse tie. That paragon of sound judgement, Joey Barton, described the caretaker boss, David Unsworth as a PE teacher in disguise who couldn’t motivate his players because he was overweight. Two defeats in two matches does not augur well for the permanent job and that record could become three from three today.
Arsene Wenger must still have to pinch himself when he works on a Thursday night. The perennial qualifier for the Champions League is now involved with that competition’s younger brother. His Arsenal side host Red Star Belgrade tonight and they could struggle to win the fixture. The Serbian outfit have not conceded in 17 of 24 matches in all competitions this season.
Wenger has injury concerns and Arsenal are playing Manchester City in the league on Sunday. They have won their first three group matches in the Champions League and a draw should suffice to progress to the knockout stages. Red Star Belgrade are not in London to roll over and teams from Serbia have a fighting spirit which can see them earn a DRAW at the Emirates Stadium tonight (18/5 with Ladbrokes).
There are a couple of decent races at Lingfield today amongst plenty of All-Weather dross. There is a listed race for fillies (1.20pm) which features a horse that has won three Group races. The stable won the race in 2009 and 2010 and can win it again with PROMISING RUN (9/4 with Coral). The horse does not have a penalty for winning Pattern races so can prevail today. Everton fans would love a promising run of form but will have to wait.