Home: 5/1 (Coral)
Draw: 11/4 (BlueSQ)
Away: 4/6 (William Hill)
This rearranged fixture takes place on Tuesday following a water-logged pitch which caused the match to be postponed nine days ago. The match is live on ITV.
So. I write an award winning*, genre defining, guffaw inducing piece about England vs San Marino, gently woven with humorous current affairs references that would make Have I Got News For You's script writers weep with envy, and with more rhythm than James Brown. My reward? Braintree Town vs Tranmere Rovers. At least my boss has a sense of humour too I suppose.
I'll hold my hands up, I know zip about Braintree Town other than the fact that it is a place in Essex, and they play in the Rumbelows League. What? Like you know/care. Okay, they play in the Conference National. Recent form includes their thrilling 3-2 FA Cup victory over the mighty Lowestoft Town, and they currently sit in rarefied air of twentieth position in the league, one point above the relegation places.
Tranmere Rovers got me and the @thatsagoal gaffer in a spot of bother a few weeks ago when with us both having tipped them up to anyone who'd listen, they proceeded to collapse like a flan in a cupboard. The tension wasn't helped by the fact it was the day the apparently one and only videprinter in existence broke, causing Jeff and Gabby to look less well informed that the BBC pedophilia internal investigation unit. Children In Need indeed.
Amazingly, Tranmere are only a shade of odds on to spank Braintree into oblivion, and more amazingly still, the punters are split 50/50 between them and 4/1 Braintree according to www.oddschecker.com. This either means some people are incredibly stupid, or I am, or Tranmere are expected to put out the stiffs. I suspect the truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle, but my dough would be firmly with the second best team on Merseyside. They may not be quite up to Everton's standards yet, but they should be able to put away fricking Braintree Town even if recent league form isn't exactly spectacular.
With amusingly named striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro out injured until January, get a few shekels on Andy Robinson to score anytime if he starts the match.
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*When I say award winning, I actually mean that the Guardian's online sports editor said it was quite good. After I tweeted my article at him. And pestered him. He refused to re-tweet it though. Hmm.
Jon Perez is a huge Chelsea fan and season ticket holder. As well as the blues he blogs about all sports and his other pastimes – backgammon at intertops casino, rock climbing and cooking.