Yes, King Kevin is back and the 90s "glory" days will soon be upon us. I know I'm firing up the Blur just thinking about it. Bolton, meanwhile, sold their best player to Chelsea, and have been more or less garbage this season. But the Magpies are more garbage. I wish you could get odds for "most ill-timed injury to Michael Owen." A home draw might actually represent progress for Kevin's boys.
Manchester City vs. West Ham - Hammers 5/2 to win
Yes, I know I went into the tank for City a couple of weeks ago. And surprise, surprise, they have more or less played like shit since then. These two played in midweek in the FA Cup, and the Hammers would have won if Dean Ashton had any sort of finishing ability whatsoever. The bet here is that the the Hammers carry the game like they did on Wednesday, and actually manage to convert a few chances this time. Plus Nery Castillo is apparently out, so the striking load is up to Rolando Bianchi, the Italian Stallion, who has won fan favor despite less than torrid form.
Liverpool vs. Aston Villa - Scousers 4/6 to win
Yep, I'm backing the home favorites here, a team that has underperformed at Anfield all season long. And Rafa looked downright ornery answering questions about Cali-Klinsi in the wake of the Luton game on Wednesday. But I'm banking that some of that improved goal-scoring form we saw on Wednesday gets carried over to this Monday night affair.