Football: THE 3PM BETTING BOYS - THE DRAW IS A BRILLIANT BET: SAY IT LOUD AND SAY IT PROUD

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Byline: By Kevin Price & John Curle

SOME idiot in the Football League, probably a croquet fan, came up with the wizard idea last week of introducing penalty shoot-outs if a game ends in a draw.

The wheeze was that the shoot-out winners would be awarded an extra bonus point.

Then the League chairmen decided to have a long lunch to discuss it. For their information, the idea has got grey whiskers. Hotbeds of football such as Hungary, Yugoslavia, Norway and Japan all experimented with the plan years ago and soon abandoned it.

Luckily, the people who know something about the game in this country, from Arsene Wenger downwards, all condemned this hair-brained idea.

Arsene summed it up neatly when he said: "The draw is part of the culture of the game."

He's spot on of course - and the draw is also a nifty weapon in our daily fight to take money off bookmakers. In our constant search for winners, the draw is still seen as a runt of the litter.

The misguided general view is that backing the draw is seen as a sign of weakness, an admission that you can't pick the winner.

Wrong. The draw is there to be loved, to be cherished as a way of making lots of dosh.

So here is the Betting Boys guide to Why Every Punter Should Love The Draw:

1) Every football match starts as a draw. …