Grand National horses for fans of each Premier League club to back
With horse racing’s most famous race taking place this weekend, we’ve perused the
Grand National race card for 2017 at William Hill UK to find tenuous reasons for fans of each Premier League club to back a particular horse.
Arsenal: ROI DES FRANCS
Given the backdrop of fan protests against their long-serving French boss and his prospective new contract, King of the Francs seems like a good horse for Gooners.
Bournemouth: THE YOUNG MASTER
He might have first managed the club way back in 2008 but, aged 39, Eddie Howe is still the young master of Premier League management.
Burnley: THUNDER AND ROSES
Sounds like an away trip to Lancashire to face the Clarets at the formidable Turf Moor.
Chelsea: UCELLO CONTI
Conte/Conti. Close enough. Blues fans already appear to have backed one winner this season. Will this be another?
Crystal Palace: LE MERCUREY
Eagles fans can celebrate their impressive recent rise up the table.
Everton: SAPHIR DU RHEU
A suitably blue option for Toffees fans.
Hull City: WOUNDED WARRIOR
It’s been that kind of a season for the Tigers.
Leicester City: PERFECT CANDIDATE
Five Premier League wins in a row for Craig Shakespeare since he stepped in to replace Claudio Ranieri.
Liverpool: DEFINITLY RED
Supporters of a few clubs will fancy backing this horse but, since Aintree is in Merseyside, we have allocated it to the locals.
Manchester City: DROP OUT JOE
A punt in honour of cast aside keepers.
Manchester United: DROP OUT JOE
The same nag for both Manchester clubs, but given United’s form of late, when it comes to hopes of a top four finish and Champions League qualification, it appears Mr Mourinho is very much Drop Out Joe.
Middlesbrough: VIEUX LION ROUGE
For any Boro fans not paying attention in French class, that’s Old Red Lion. Much like the Teessiders’ crest.
Southampton: SAINT ARE
There’s only one Saint running at Aintree for Southampton fans to back and that’s Saint Are.
Stoke City: JUST A PAR
Mid-table obscurity beckons once again for the steady Potters.
Another apt feline-inspired horse to match another North East club’s crest.
Swansea City: ROGUE ANGEL
The Swans’ long-serving right-back Angel Rangel is one of football’s nice guys, but he does occasionally have a roguish tackle in his locker.
Tottenham Hotspur: DOUBLE SHUFFLE
Chasing down Chelsea in the league and going up against them in an FA Cup semi-final. That’s what you call a Double Shuffle.
Watford: BISHOPS ROAD
No Vicarage Road for Hornets fans to back, so they will have to make do with the vicar’s boss.
West Bromwich Albion: GAS LINE BOY
A nod to their gaffer’s Bristol Rovers connections.
West Ham United: RAZ DE MAREE
French for tsunami, which is apt for the Hammers, who are in danger of sinking without trace on current form.