Podcast Ep26: Lots of Football, The Masters, Golden State Struggling, Snooker

April 11, 2016 •

Show Notes for Season Ticket Episode 26

Welcome to the Season Ticket Podcast. It’s episode 26, and it is ready for streaming or download by clicking the play button above, so give it a listen!

You can follow us on Twitter @seasonticketpod and facebook.com/seasonticketpod. Also don’t forget to rate and review the show on iTunes if you get a second.

Football

Watford 1 – 1 Everton (Saturday game)

Cob got this one right saying the following, “Given the prices available, this column suggests you consider any outcome excluding an Everton win. Most bookies are giving Watford the best part of 3/1 for a home win but we’re leaning more toward the draw with StanJames one of many offering 12/5 on that outcome.

Man City 2 – 1 West Brom (Saturday game)

Said Cob – So, even taking into account the comedians currently plying their trade as defenders for City, West Brom are unlikely to offer much of a goal-scoring threat going forward, should they ever do so. Pulis would be delighted to come away from Manchester with a hard-earned draw but even allowing for relatively poor form, midweek CL football and some of the quasi-existential issues surrounding some of their players, City should win this match. The bookies think so too and have priced that result accordingly with BetFred offering 4/11 on that outcome.

Spurs 3 – 0 Man Utd (Sunday game)

Utd seemed to be in control in the first half but quickly threw it away in the second with Spurs scoring three goals in about 6 minutes. Probably still not enough for Spurs to gatecrash Leicester’s charge but was enough to open a four point gap between 4th placed City and 5th placed Utd. Cob had a draw for this one.

BPL round up – points of interest:

Sunderland 0 – 2 Leicester (Sunday game)

Another 3 points, another step towards the increasingly likely. Two goals from Vardy break his six game goal drought, first Leicester player to score 20 in a season since Gary Linekar. Foxes now officially qualified for next years CL. Sunderland are getting closer to officially fucked.

West Ham 3 – 3 Arsenal

Another year and another rehash of the “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” for Arsene and his bunch of merry bottlers. Hat trick for Andy Carroll.

Liverpool 4 – 1 Stoke

Moreno (his first in 42 games), Sturridge and Origi (by two) secured the points which sees Liverpool overtake Stoke to sit in 8th with two games in hand over many ahead of them. Joe Allen got man of the match, seemingly doing well in Henderson’s absence.

Midweek CL

PSG 2 – 2 Man City

Largely poor match if entertaining due to some slapdash defending. Although neither team should be proud of their efforts, City will be delighted with two away goals. As has been noted before, PSG’s dominance of Ligue Une does little for their prospects in the latter stages of the CL.

Wolfsburg 2 – 0 Real Madrid

Was beating Barcelona in the Classico the height of their ambitions for the rest of the season.

Bayern Munich 1 – 0 Benfica

Early goal was the only one converted by the Germans. Should have done better with a number of other good chances but well played by the Portuguese team.

Barcelona 2 – 1 Atletico

Tell me why, Fernando!

Spanish football

What’s happening to Barcelona? Lost 1-0 to Sociedad, their lead over second placed AM is just 3 now.

The Masters

Biggest story of Day 3 must be Bernhard Langer who had an excellent round, beating his playing partner (Jason Day) and going out second last in the final days pairings. He’s 58 and won the last of his Masters before either Spieth or Smylie Kaufman were born. Apparently he’s giving up 50 – 60 yards when driving on the longer holes.

Peter Alliss, as always, was brilliant. He was not impressed, however, with the length of time it took for McIllroy and Spieth to complete their round – 4.5 hours. Also referred to Langer as “old man Langer”.

McIllroy was all over the place. Awful shot selection, going for the Hollywood style shot rather than sensible ones. Can’t hole a putt longer than 5 feet. Could hardly drive, either. Spieth was no great shakes either but, for the most, putted like a demon.
Spieth has led Augusta since the first round of last year, i.e. seven consecutive rounds. Came second the year before, seemingly born to play the course. All of this was recorded before his already infamous meltdown!

NBA

Golden State meltdown! Not quite but maybe the history-making tag is weighing heavily. Though, a massive win at San Antonio means they only need to beat Memphis at home to claim a place in the history books all by themselves with a record of 73-9.