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Football: Legends may not take too kindly to Celebrities' over-the-top tackles; THE MATCH 5pm, Sky One.

Byline: By Ian Coyne

SKY ONE'S The Match is getting a bit like the Boat Race, what with the same two teams having got to the final again, and Skybet reckon the outcome will be a third consecutive win for the Legends over the Celebrities at St James's Park tonight.

Skybet make the Legends 4-9 for victory, with the price unmoved despite the firm reporting reasonable support for the 9-2 Celebs.

Punters wishing to punt in running can do so on Skybet Live and one of the specials that looks worth a small wager is the 25-1 for a player from each team to be sent off for fighting.

The teams take this game seriously and last year's game was not without its flare-ups - the Legends in particular don't tend to take well to over-the-top tackles from psyched-up Z-listers.

Questions were asked after last year's defeat about whether boss Graham Taylor is the man to take celebrity football forward.

If his Celebs team lose as a result of a dubious decision by the officials, could we see Taylor repeat one of his famous lines from the documentary of his time in charge of England? "Linesman, your mate's just cost me my job."

Skybet - The Match specials (90 mins only): 4-5 Celebs to score, 10-11 Celebs not to score, 12 Legend to miss pen, 12 Celeb to miss pen, 25 Legend and Celeb sent off for fighting, 12 Gazza scores from free-kick, 33 Taylor sent to stands, 6 four or more goals in first half, 10 five or more goals in first half, 16 Celebrity og, 33 Gazza to cry while playing, 25 Legend og, 6 Celeb red card, 6 Legend red card, 16 Harvey sent off, 50 R Little to score two or more, 20 Bosnich stretchered off.


Player from each team to be sent off for fighting

0.5pt 25-1 Skybet


MC Harvey: combative Celeb
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2006
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