Football: The Sweeper - The Price Is Right

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STILL ON a high after last season's success, The Sweeper aims to turn the screw on the hapless bookmaking industry by concentrating on what we did best in 1998-99, racking up draw trebles with the aim of winning at least pounds 100 every time one comes up. If all four draws come up this weekend, the return will be pounds 581.13 for pounds 16 staked.

Victor Chandler, the off-shore bookmaking firm, announced this week it will accept single bets on Premiership games this season. It is only a matter of time before their mainland counterparts follow suit. You can effectively have a single bet anyway by placing three half-time/full-time combinations (winning, losing or drawing at half-time, doubled with your full-time prediction). In the meantime, The Price Is Right is happy to keep betting in trebles.

Newcastle and Aston Villa can fight out a draw at St James' Park while Premiership new boys Watford can hold Wimbledon at home. West Ham and Tottenham may gain a point apiece in their London derby, while tomorrow, after their tame display in the Charity Shield, Manchester United, the champions, may gain no more than a point against Everton, perennial strugglers, at Goodison Park.

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