Wayne Rooney is 9/2 at BetVictor to be top scorer for an England side who fly to Poland/Ukraine next month minus the usual misguided optimism; when you consider the United striker may only get one game that is too short.
We bet 10/1 for Jermaine Defoe and that is too big for, arguably, the best finisher in the squad.
Bayern are 4/5 to win Saturday’s Champions League Final in 90 minutes with Chelsea 7/2 and the draw at 29/10; Chelsea have been largely written off given they are playing the Final in Munich and because of their suspensions, but Bayern themselves are missing three players through suspension and a full-strength Munich lost 5-2 in the German Cup Final at the weekend to double-winners Borussia Dortmund.
It looks as if David Luis and Gary Cahill will be fit for the London Club and I just wonder after their heroics/luck in the semi-final is their name on the Trophy? The great Kaizer himself Franz Beckenbauer has suggested, and is indeed concerned, that Bayern are likely to field a very/too attack minded side and perhaps Roberto Di Matteo will be the manager who finally breaks the Chelsea hoodoo and lifts the Champions League?
Chelsea are 15/8 to lift the Trophy which gives you the added insurance of both extra time and penalties; Mario Gomez is 4/1 to score first and that looks too short when you consider Didier Drogba is 10/1 at betvictor.com which is surely too big? Note the Drog is also an enhanced 16/5 to score at any time during the 90 minutes.
Drogba, who hit the woodwork in Moscow in the 2008 Final, scored the only goal at Stamford Bridge against Barcelona in the semi-final first leg and throughout his career has been a man for the big stage; Frank Lampard scored Chelsea’s goal in Moscow and is 10/1 to net the opener and 5/2 to score at any time.
At the time of writing Andre Villas-Boas is 15/8 favourite with BetVictor to take over as next Liverpool manager following the midweek sacking of Kenny Dalglish with Roberto Di Matteo not guaranteed to be still in charge at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the 2012/13 season; funny old game.
West Ham go into Saturday’s Wembley Championship play-off final as red hot favourites and, having put eight goals past Blackpool in the Championship already this season, it is hard to see past the Hammers in a game that is often described as the richest in football given the winners will return to the Holy Grail that is the Premier League.
West Ham will be 4/6 to be relegated and 11/10 to stay up if they reach the PL and Brighton are 14/1 at betvictor.com to win the Championship in 2012/13 with Leicester and Bolton our 8/1 favs from Birmingham City at 10/1 and Leeds and Wolves 12/1.
BetVictor are asking punters how do you think Championship promotion will be decided at Wembley and bet:
West Ham to win in 90 minutes – Evens
Blackpool to win in 90 mins – 14/5
West Ham to win in extra time – 9/1
Blackpool to win in extra time – 18/1
West Ham to win on pens – 11/1
Blackpool to win on pens – 11/1
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