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Five Things You Need An Opinion On From The Weekend

by Rob Dore | April 2, 2012

#1 – Liverpool’s League Frustrations Could See The King Dethroned

When Liverpool were beaten by Wigan it was because the players were too tired. This week they lost to Newcastle because they were frustrated. How many more excuses does Kenny Dalglish have for his team being a bit pants when it comes to the Premier League? Liverpool have now won just twice in their last 12 league games and on current form they’re in danger of finishing in the bottom half of the table. That’s hardly the return Fenway Sports Group would have been expecting for their £100 million investment in the team. Too many of the players Dalglish signed have failed to perform, most notably £35 million acquisition Andy Carroll and £20m buy Stewart Downing, and the manager is now under serious pressure. A top four finish is now an improbable 66/1 as talk of who could replace the King at Anfield increases. Delivering the FA Cup at 23/10 would certainly go a way to keeping Kenny in a job.

#2 Man City – Are Their Mario Bothers Undermining Their Title Challenge?

Giving money to the homeless and setting fire to your own bathroom is all very eccentric and fun. But Mario Balotelli’s on-field dramatics are starting to to take their toll. He may have scored twice against Sunderland to help City pick up a draw but arguing with Aleksandar Kolarov over a free-kick and then an alleged post-match punch-up with Yaya Toure are not good for squad morale. Rumour has it that his team-mates are running out of patience with the 21-year-old Italian striker, as well as being miffed at the manager for letting him get away with being an idiot boy-child. At least he’s taking the heat off of Tevez, who may hate living in Manchester slightly less now. City are 4/1 to win the league title ahead of United’s game with Blackburn tonight.

#3 Ronaldo Getting Thigh On His Own Supply

Lionel Messi (24) may be the world’s most loved player but Cristiano Ronaldo (27) is definitely still Cristiano Ronaldo’s favourite. Who needs awards when you have this kind of supreme self-belief? Waking up every morning as Cristiano Ronaldo is reward enough. The Real Madrid star is firing Los Blancos to their first La Liga title in four years and he hit an absolute screamer in their weekend win over Osasuna. He celebrated, Angelina Jolie style, by showing a bit of leg and giving praise to the right thigh muscle responsible for this particular moment of brilliance. Real are 1/4 to lift La Liga but can Messi-inspired Barcelona catch them?

#4 Dubai World Cup – So You Think You’re A Bit Special? Perhaps Not!

After coming third in the Melbourne Cup in 2010 the famous Coolmore Stud allegedly paid $25 million for a majority stake in southern hemisphere star, So You Think. You have to question what their plans are for him now after his disappointing fourth place finish in the Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world. That makes it four races without a win and questions are being raised over where he goes next. Straight to stud? Yes please.

#5 Wrestle-mania – The Rock’s Return Goes To Script

Everything in professional wrestling goes to script. That’s kind of the point of the whole deal but it’s good to know what’s going on in the WWE. If only so you have something to talk to about with your own five-to-twelve-year-old-kids. The Rock (real name Dwayne Johnson) has become better known for his Hollywood acting stints in recent times but after making his full-time return to wrestling last year he’s managed to win the organisation’s biggest event. It’s almost as if it had been written in to his contract when he agreed to come back.

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  1. elflaco1 said on April 2, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    That Cristiano celebration was gas. Although Ruben Castro’s was even better: http://youtu.be/WuCEejDcLMc Expect him to score lots more goals in the coming weeks if that’s the reward! *please ignore the temptation to create sexual innuendo’s

    And there’s only one opinion of Benzema’s goal.

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