Try Hoedt to thrill pol­icy

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES -

BIRM­ING­HAM host Wolves to­mor­row night (7.45pm) to tus­sle again for a slice of the Mid­lands brag­ging royts. So many derby wounds are rooted deep in his­tory. Here of course it’s the dis­ap­pear­ance in 1901 of Blue Boy, the yo­delling pig of Edg­bas­ton, a favourite of the late Queen Victoria – and his al­leged reap­pear­ance in Stow Heath, in a se­ries of sand­wiches.

Ta­ble-top­ping Wolves are bring­ing home the ba­con in the Cham­pi­onship for their Chi­nese over­lords. Hong Kong Brumy are ladling phooey down near the plug hole, but this derby’s pro­file is draw­ish, and City’s fifth boss in 12 months Steve Cot­ter­ill (right) knows to dig in.

I’ve seen rasher bets than 5/6 (Coral) NO ‘both teams to score’. PUNT a tale of the very un­ex­pected for Southamp­ton at Bournemouth (1.30pm).

The form has gone mys­te­ri­ous, with the Saints pos­si­bly shak­ing off a case of mis­taken iden­tity to be­come freescor­ing cava­liers. And pos­si­bly not.

Try 20/1 (188Bet or 18/1 Fred) ‘any­time scorer’ poke Wes­ley Hoedt (left). The newish Saints de­fender is a two-goal a sea­son tool, hit the bar at the Eti­had last time, and looks to be in the vis­i­tors’ play­book for set-pieces.

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