RESULT!: Weng will they be fair to Rafa?

Why is Rafa Benitez taking so m

uch stick? Any manager who can get 9million for Momo Sissoko is a genius. Is losing at Upton Park such a disgrace anyway? Manchester United ma

ke a habit of it. So for that

matter do West Ham. While Liverpools Premier League campaign is

again in tatters, their odds to finish the season empty handed are about the same as Arsenals, who of course are managed by Mr Untouchable. Had B

enitez fielded a second-string team in the semi-final of a cup compeition against Everton and been battered 5-1, hed have been dragged out of Anfield by his goatee, yet hardly a word of criticism was aimed at Arsene Wenger after Arsenals recent massacre at White Hart Lane. This is the same Wenger who is odds-on (1-2) to finish a third successive season without a trophy and who has twice finished behind Benitez in the Spaniards three completed League campaigns. Ah yes, I hear you cry, but Wenger has hardly spent any money. In that case I suggest he does. Arsenal might then win something. Benitez is 6-4 with bet365 to be Liver

pool manager on the first day of next season and 6-5 with Ladbrokes NOT to be. Back both and youre guaranteed to win, and its a long time since you could say that about Liverpool. Who will finish fourth (Ladbrokes): 4-7 Liverpool, 4-1 Everton, 7-1

Villa, 10-1 Man City, 22-1 Blackburn, 33-1 Portsmouth. Additional reporting by John Shaw

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