In a week that saw Shakespeare bard from the King Power Stadium, the Lucky Ladder looks at who’s likely to be next for the chop. Let’s get on it like an Elizabethan sonnet!
A dismal run of results has seen Craig Shakespeare given the boot by Leicester, who are now hoping to bump into Carlo Ancelotti in the school hall, help him pick up his school books, and work up to asking him to the prom.
Ancelotti is way out of Leicester’s league though. Watch as the Foxes start to notice Ancelotti’s studious and geeky sister, Sam Allardyce instead, once he slips off his glasses and starts wearing his hair down.
I can almost hear some of you protesting already: “No! Big Sam’s already said that he wants an international job next, plus that sounds like the worst rom-com ever”. Well forget what Allardyce says, we’ve all seen that he’ll follow a pound note haven’t we? Plus, I’ll have you know my rom-com script’s already been optioned. I’m just hoping that Leicester’s recently-fired boss gets picked up by Brighton so I can get to work on Shakespeare in Hove. Allardyce to take the Leicester job is a tempting-looking 12/1.
Shakespeare’s sacking makes things a little easier in the ‘next Premier manager to go’ market. To my mind this is now a two-horse race. Ronald Koeman seems to be losing a dressing room filled with expensive signings that he’s only just made, and as such another couple of bad results could see the Goodison overlords start to get a little twitchy. Koeman is a best-priced 1/2 at Skybet. Much longer than the 1/7 being quoted elsewhere.
Moving on from the Toffees, and onto a Whispa I’ve heard from a Yorkie. Ladderer, J.Hobson from Hull knows a source (close to) the top dogs at West Ham, that says that patience is wearing very thin with Slaven Bilic indeed. In a similar predicament to his Dutch counterpart, Bilic looks to be on borrowed time, and a couple of bad results could see him out of the door just as quickly. This may well come down to who you fancy to do best in their next handful of games. Bilic can be found at a juicier 11/2.
Another excellent week last week saw our feature tip of George Groves to win by stoppage come in, setting up a mouth-watering clash between him and Chris Eubank Jr around January/February time next year.
The ladder bet of the week rolled home too…just!
At 2-2, the Lucky Ladder looked set to take a critical hit. Oostende, the home side, had held Brugge to a very creditable draw. With only a minute of injury time left to play, all looked lost.
Unplug that toaster and empty that bath though, because Anthony Limbombe suddenly did THIS.
Shouts were heard and drinks were spilt across the world!
— Bonbarlos (@bonbarlos) October 15, 2017
It’s true, the literally ones of people following the ladder are a noisy lot. It’s just a shame that we don’t have a graph or something that shows the rollercoaster ride we’ve all been…oh, what’s this behind the sofa?
Yes, the ladder pot stands at a healthy £36.72. Not yet in a position to reward Limbombe (who must surely be a reader to realise just how much was on the line), but he shall be remembered when I hit the million. In the interim, a Lucky Ladder t-shirt will be winging its way to our new hero, which may come in handy after he was sent off after receiving a second yellow for removing his shirt.
Anyway, on to the tips, and in a slim-looking week, here’s the mayonnaise amongst this week’s salad cream –
Short odds for bulking your acca:
Man Utd 1/3, Villarreal 1/2, Lazio 1/4, PSV 2/13
The Anthony Limbombe award for best bet of the week goes to:
Anderlecht 4/6 at home to Genk. Screw the Premiership, the Belgian Jupiler League is now the most exciting in the world, and has given the ladder two edge-of-the-seat wins so far.
Long odds for the brave ladderer:
Not a lot on the table this week, but the 11/4 on Van Dijk joining Liverpool before 3rd February is worth a look.
Otherwise our 1000/1 acca for the week is all of the above (minus Van Dijk), plus Man City, Swansea, Bristol City, Sheff Utd, Wimbledon, Newport, Barcelona, Akhisar, and Levadiakos.
Best of luck, see you back here next week.