[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ome on down – the price is right……As documented in an earlier column – I always think it’s important for the punter to have an idea what a price SHOULD be and then compare this to the actual odds.This is the complete opposite approach of most punters who look at the odds and THEN try to fit a bet around them.Good case in point is the Norwich v Spurs game today (4pm. Sky). I was fully expecting Spurs to be odds-on for this – so was naturally surprised to see them odds against and have to bet accordingly with Star Sports.Spurs are very much still pushing for a top four finish in the Premier League whilst the Canaries are perilously placed right next to the relegation line and have really struggled to score goals this season, especially at home where their average is just 0.84 goals per game !.Norwich have won only one of their last 11 matches and were brushed aside by Spurs in the reverse fixture in September.HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Sep 2013 Premier Tottenham 2-0 NorwichJan 2013 Premier Norwich 1-1 TottenhamOct 2012 Capital One Norwich 2-1 TottenhamSep 2012 Premier Tottenham 1-1 NorwichApr 2012 Premier Tottenham 1-2 NorwichDec 2011 Premier Norwich 0-2 TottenhamDec 2004 Premier Norwich 0-2 TottenhamSep 2004 Premier Tottenham 0-0 NorwichApr 1995 Premier Tottenham 1-0 NorwichDec 1994 Premier Norwich 0-2 TottenhamThe irony of today’s match is that a Norwich defeat could mark the end of Chris Hughton’s tenure at Carrow Road. He is already odds-on to be the next Premier League manager to get the boot (or ‘leave his position’ as is more politically correct these days). Hughton, of course, has a long history with Spurs both as a player and as part of the management team but there will be no place for sentiment this afternoon from Spurs who could draw level with Liverpool in the table.Norwich need points and they need them now. They have an astonishing end to the season with their final four matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal !!Spurs are continuing to play good football under Tim Sherwood and only Chelsea have a better record in the Premier League since he took the helm.Snap up the odds against for another win that might well condemn Hughton.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)10 points SPURS at around 11/10 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): LOSS 41.91 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 31.19 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321
Kolkata: Various agencies of the state government have started doing patchwork along the stretches of all the important roads in the city, where potholes have been created due to heavy showers for the past few days.Incessant rain in the city and its adjoining areas have bared the skeletons of major roads, causing difficulties to the commuters, the bikers especially. Agencies like PWD, KMDA, KMC and others are taking all possible measures to repair the damaged portions of roads. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDiamond Harbour Road has also developed countless pockmarks as the rain has damaged the bituminous surface. The worst stretch of DH Road is near Behala Chowrasta, where craters are wide and deep. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed Mayor Sovan Chatterjee to take necessary steps to repair the potholes on Diamond Harbour Road. Repair work has been started on DH Road on a war footing.People commuting along the EM Bypass have been in precarious condition, particularly where the Metro Railway constructions have been going on. Areas where Metro construction is in progress have become a nightmare for the commuters. It may be mentioned here that the temporary patchworks do not last more than a few months. The state agencies are unable to re-lay the road due to the on-going construction of Metro Railways. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAround a 17 km stretch between Garia and Ultadanga, many potholes have been created due to heavy rain this season so far. People are witnessing a bumpy ride due to the bad condition of EM Bypass. It has become difficult for the agencies like PWD, KMDA to repair the potholes as the heavy rainfall is washing away the patchwork in various stretches.In some stretches of Jessore Road, big craters have been created with the advent of monsoon in the state. Patchwork has begun to tackle the situation. According to the experts, many heavy duty trucks plying through Jessore Road everyday has been causing uneven pressure on the road. The situation is common for other roads as well. The incessant rain has further complicated the situation as water percolates down to the bottom of the road and damages it. Patchworks do not always necessarily provide the permanent solution, felt the experts.State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said that in most of the parts of the city and its adjoining areas the soil is soft, as a result of which it gets washed away during heavy rain. Due to such incidents, roads often cave in.