‘Squeaky bum time’ for Fred after early City payout

It could be a case of squeaky bum time for Betfred boss Fred Done after he paid out early – to the tune of £750,000 – on Manchester City winning the Premier League.

That was the warning on The Betfred Football Show from ex-Manchester United, Chelsea and England defender Paul Parker.

Speaking about City’s draw at Southampton – a result that leaves Pep Guardiola’s team nine points clear of Liverpool, who have a game in hand, in second – he said: “There will still be a few ups and downs for Fred to worry about before the end of the season.”

Parker welcomed the Premier League’s new, stricter rules over Covid cases – and on the race for a top-four finish behind City, Liverpool and Chelsea, he argued that many United players don’t have enough fire in their bellies.

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He also warned that City’s signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa has put the price up if the Reds are to target West Ham’s Declan Rice.

He believes Rice is a better player than Grealish, who is inconsistent, and said that if United do make a move for the England international he should be asking: “Who else are you going to get to compliment me?”

Parker believes Jesse Lingard should follow Anthony Martial out of Old Trafford on loan before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Turning his attention to the relegation battle, Parker was highly critical of the way Watford have been treating managers – and warned that latest arrival Roy Hodgson, tasked with saving the Hornets’ Premier League status, won’t be accepting “players thrown at him”.

“Watford fans will take not being exciting if they stay in the league,” said the 57-year-old.

He believes that sheer hard work will keep Everton out of trouble at the bottom of the table, and reckons Brentford and Leeds won’t be further dragged into the melee.

Finally, turning to this weekend’s Championship matches, Parker predicted wins for QPR and Huddersfield at Reading and Stoke respectively, an away win for Bournemouth at Barnsley – and runaway leaders Fulham to beat Blackpool at home along with Luton Town defeating Blackburn.


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