Blackpool Hit By Hammer Blow…irons Odds On To Stay Up

West Ham won the ‘Richest Game In English Football’ and earned themselves a place at the top table once again and William Hill now make The Hammers 8/11 to survive in the Premier League next season (Evens to go down). There always has to be one unlucky side in the Playoffs and Blackpool were that side on Saturday. Their fans should take heart however, as they are 5/1 to go up next season and 16/1 to win the league.

“West Ham are back where they feel they belong and it looks like their stay will be more than one season,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Blackpool 2012/13 Season: 16/1 Win the Championship;

West Ham 2012/13 season: 8/11 stay up; 1/1 relegated; 2000/1 win the League

Championship outright: 6/1 Leicester City; 8/1 Bolton Wanderers; 8/1 Wolves; 10/1 Birmingham; 11/1 Cardiff; 14/1 Brighton; 14/1 Leeds; 16/1 Blackburn; 16/1 Blackpool; 20/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
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Race For Top Four Back On…bolton 10/3 To Lose Last Two Games

The race for fourth place took another twist as Newcastle won at Chelsea ad Spurs thumped a woeful Bolton Wanderers. Spurs are in to 1/5 to finish the season in the top four, with Arsenal 1/12 and Newcastle 5/2. Chelsea’s best hope of Champions League football next season is to win this year’s competition as they are now 20/1 to bag a top four spot.

“The race for the top four has really warmed up again and this could be yet another battle in the Premier League that could go down to the wire,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Harry Redknapp is 5/1 to be named the next England manager after a disappointing week on that front, while Alan Pardew, who has masterminded a fantastic rise to the top for Newcastle, is 12/1.

At the other end of the table, Bolton are 10/3 with Hills to lose their final two games of the season. Bolton are 5/6 to be relegated with Blackburn 1/66 and QPR 5/6.

Relegation: 1/66 Blackburn; 5/6 QPR; 5/6 Bolton; 20/1 Wigan; 20/1 Aston Villa

Without Manchester: 2/5 Arsenal; 2/1 Tottenham; 8/1 Newcastle; 40/1 Chelsea

Relegation Trebles: 10/11 Wolves/Bolton/Blackburn; 10/11 Wolves/Blackburn/QPR; 20/1 Wolves/QPR/Bolton; 25/1 Wolves/Wigan/Blackburn; 25/1 Wolves/Blackburn/Aston Villa; 33/1 BAR

Top four finish: 1/12 Arsenal; 1/5 Tottenham; 5/2 Newcastle; 20/1 Chelsea

5/1 Harry Redknapp to be NEXT England manager

12/1 Alan Pardew to be NEXT England manager

Joe Crilly
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8/1 Chelsea Hold Firm At The Bridge… Are Newcastle The Most Entertaining Premier League Side Ever?

CHELSEA are up against it in their Champions League semi final with William Hill making the home side 4/1 to win the match and Barcelona odds on at 8/11 to return to the Nou Camp with the advantage. Chelsea‘s back line will have to stand firm against the predicted barrage and Hills are offering 8/1 that Roberto Di Matteo’s men win to nil.

“Punters are backing Barcelona as if they cannot lose but Chelsea have been waiting a few years for revenge and it could come on Wednesday night,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

If any Barcelona player has to be stopped, it is Lionel Messi and William Hill are offering odds on who will be the first to foul him, making Michael Essien and Raul Meireles the 6/1 joint favourites with John Terry and John Obi Mikel both 7/1. Messi is 12/5 to outscore the entire Chelsea team on Wednesday night.

To celebrate 20 years of the Premier League, the FA are doing a ’20 Seasons Of Premier League Awards’ and amongst the categories are best goal, best match and best celebration. Bookmakers, William Hill make Dennis Bergkamp (vs Newcastle 2001/02) and Paolo Di Canio (vs Wimbledon 1999/2000) the joint 9/2 favourites to win the award while Matt Le Tissier (vs Blackburn 1994/95) and Thierry Henry (vs Manchester Utd 2000/01) are 11/2 joint third favourites.

It is not just the strikers getting recognised at the awards however, as the men between the sticks are also represented by the ‘Best Save of the 20 Seasons’ Awards. Possibly the greatest ever Premier League goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, shares 4/1 favouritism for the award with his effort against Newcastle in the 1997/98 season, with Joe Hart (vs Liverpool 2007/08) the same price. Craig Gordon (vs Bolton Wanderers 2010/11) is the 5/1 third favourite.

Newcastle are involved in the three favourites for the ‘Match of the 20 Years’ award with their 3-4 defeat to Liverpool in 1995/96 offered at 8/15 (having originally opened at 4/1). Their thrilling 4-4 comeback against Arsenal in 2010/11 is offered at 8/1 and their 5-0 victory over Manchester United in 1996/97 9/1.

“There have been some fantastic performances throughout the 20 years of the Premier League, although perhaps none as entertaining as the Liverpool win that effectively ended Newcastle’s title aspirations in 1995/96 and that match is clear favourite to win,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

20 Years Of The Premier League Awards:

Best Goal: 9/2 Dennis Bergkamp; 9/2 Paolo Di Canio; 11/2 Matt Le Tissier (vs Blackburn 94/95); 11/2 Thierry Henry; 7/1 Eric Cantona; 8/1 Alan Shearer; 8/1 Tony Yeboah; 9/1 Wayne Roney; 10/1 Matt Le Tissier (vs Newcastle 93/94); 10/1 David Beckham

Best Save: 4/1 Joe Hart; 4/1 Peter Schmeichel (vs Newcastle); 5/1 Craig Gordon; 11/2 Jussi Jaskelainen; 11/2 Peter Schmeichel (vs Liverpool); 7/1 Tomasz Kuszczak (vs Wigan); 8/1 Carlo Cudicini; 12/1 Brad Friedel; 12/1 Tomasz Kuszczak (vs Birmingham); 14/1 Shay Given

Best Match: 8/15 Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle 95/96; 8/1 Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal 10/11; 9/1 Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd 96/97; 10/1 Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham 08/09; 10/1 anchester United 4-3 Manchester City 09/10; 10/1 Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal 08/09; 11/1 Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United 01/02; 11/1 Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal 11/12; 16/1 Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City 11/12; 20/1 Portsmouth 7-4 Reading 07/08

Champions League:

First Player to foul Messi: 6/1 Michael Essien; 6/1 Raul Meireles; 7/1 John Terry; 7/1 John Obi Mikel; 8/1 Ramires; 8/1 David Luiz; 8/1 Gary Cahill; 9/1 Branislav Ivanovic; 10/1 Frank Lampard; 10/1 Juan Mata; 10/1 Oriol Romeu; 11/1 Jose Bosingwa; 12/1 Salomon Kalou; 12/1 Ashley Cole; 12/1 Paulo Ferreira; 16/1 Didier Drogba; 16/1 Daniel Sturridge; 16/1 Florent Malouda; 20/1 Fernando Torres

Goalscorer match bet: 2/1 Chelsea; 12/5 Lionel Messi; 1/1 Tie

Gareth Bale to join Barca before end of summer transfer window: 9/2 yes; 1/8 no

4/1 Chelsea; 8/11 Barcelona; 5/2 draw

8/1 Chelsea to win to nil

Joe Crilly
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Coyle Cut For Chop After Dire Home Defeat!

Following defeat in the vital relegation six pointer against Wigan, Bolton Wanderers are 8/11 to be relegated this season. Wigan remain hot favourites to go down at 1/4 with Blackburn 4/7 despite their victory over QPR, who are 5/4 to go down.

“It is becoming incredibly condensed at the bottom of the table and a little run could certainly see one of the sides move up the table and it could take a manager getting the sack to do this,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Of the bottom five clubs in the Premier League, only one of them have changed their manager and we could well see at least one of them go soon.”

Owen Coyle has also been cut from 10/1 to 6/1 to be the next manager to leave his job – a market that is headed by potential next England manager, Harry Redknapp at 5/4. Chelsea lost away to Everton and Andre Villas-Boas is 5/1 to be the next manager to go.

William Hill Odds:

Relegation: 1/4 Wigan; 4/7 Blackburn; 8/11 Bolton; 10/11 Wolves; 5/4 QPR; 9/1 West Brom; 12/1 BAR

Next Premier League Manager to go: 5/1 Harry Redknapp; 5/1 Andre Villas-Boas; 11/2 Mick McCarthy; 11/2 Steve Kean; 6/1Owen Coyle; 8/1 Alex McLeish; 8/1 No manager to go; 14/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
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Anton Backed To Snub Terry On Saturday…


William Hill have seen a plunge on the odds of Anton Ferdinand snubbing John Terry during the pre match handshakes with the ‘no’ odds backed in from 11/10 to 8/11. “We have seen a number of three figure bets, the majority of which have come from the East End of London and if Mr Ferdinand fails to shake Terry’s hand, we could be all shook up,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Will Anton Ferdinand shake John Terry’s Hand: 8/11 no; 1/1 yes


Craig Bellamy has claimed that it will be emotional playing for Liverpool against his boyhood side Cardiff City and William Hill are offering 4/9 that he starts the match at Wembley next month (13/8 he does not). He is 5/4 to bag a goal in the final and 20/1 to see red.


Gary Megson has reignited his war of words with Bolton Wanderers and William Hill think that he could well get the chance to face up against his former employers sooner rather than later, offering 3/1 that the two teams play each other in the Championship next season. Bolton are 5/6 to be relegated, while Sheffield Wednesday are 11/10 to gain promotion from League 1.

Should the teams face each other next season, Hills are offering 40/1 that Megson receives a red card and is sent to the stands.

“There will be no love lost between Megson and the Bolton fans and he will be sure to be on the receiving end of a bit of stick which could see him lose his rag and be banished to the stands,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

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6/4 For King Kenny To Abdicate Before The Start Of Next Season!

Andy Carroll suffered another tough day at the office and William Hill are offering 7/4 that he fails to score in the next four games, although he is 6/4 to score against Manchester City in the Carling Cup. Having seemed like an almost certainty to be part of the England squad for Euro 2012, Hills are now offering 5/6 that Carroll fails to make the cut. Kenny Dalglish is also suffering at the moment as Liverpool are suffering a tough time of it and Hills make him 6/4 to no longer be boss on the first day of next season.

“There is no doubt that Liverpool are struggling at the moment and Dalglish is 25/1 to be the next Premier League manager to go and he is just 6/4 to have left the position by the start of next season,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Bolton Wanderers surprised Liverpool but remain embroiled in a relegation battle and William Hill make the8/11 to go down, with Wigan the 2/9 favourites and Blackburn 4/5. Hills also offer 11/4 that all three of the troubled North-West sides (Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan) are relegated together.

William Hill odds:

Kenny Dalglish to be Liverpool boss on 1st day of next season: 1/2 yes; 6/4 no

Andy Carroll to make England’s Euro 2012 squad: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no

When will Andy Carroll score next: 6/4 Manchester City; 5/2 Manchester United; 4/1 Wolves; 6/1 Tottenham; 7/4 None of these matches

Premier League relegation: 2/9 Wigan; 8/11 Bolton; 4/5 Blackburn; 10/11 Wolves; 7/4 QPR; 13/2 Swansea; 10/1 BAR

Premier League outright: 1/2 Manchester City; 5/2 Manchester United; 10/1 Tottenham; 33/1 Chelsea; 80/1 BAR

Third Premier League manager to leave their job: 2/1 Mick McCarthy; 11/4 Steve Kean; 7/2 Owen Coyle; 11/2 Andre Villas-Boas; 8/1 Alex McLeish; 8/1 No Manager to leave; 9/1 Roberto Martinez; 16/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
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There’s Only One Kean-go

Bolton Wanderers secured a vital victory which leaves Blackburn rooted to the bottom of the Premier League at Christmas. Traditionally that means they will get relegated and William Hill agree, offering 4/9 that they go down. Bolton are 5/6 with Hills also offering Wigan at 8/15 and Wolves 7/4. Steve Kean is now under immeasurable pressure and Hills make him 1/4 to be the next manager to lose his job while Owen Coyle eased some of the pressure on him and he is 10/3 to be the next to go.

Hills are now offering odds on when Kean will actually depart Blackburn and make him 5/4 to have gone before Boxing Day and 9/1 to leave in the immediate aftermath of the Liverpool game that day (before the 31st). He is 8/13 to still be in charge when Blackburn take on Stoke on the 2nd of January.

“Steve Kean appears to be on borrowed time and there is only so long that the Venkys family can turn a deaf ear of the protestations of the Rovers fans,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Hills Premier League Relegation: 4/9 Blackburn; 8/15 Wigan; 5/6 Bolton; 7/4 Wolves; 5/2 Swansea; 7/2 QPR; 5/1 Norwich; 6/1 Sunderland; 11/1 BAR

Hills To Stay Up: 13/8 Blackburn; 11/8 Wigan; 5/6 Bolton; 2/5 Wolves; 2/7 Swansea; 1/6 QPR; 1/9 BAR

To Finish Bottom: 9/4 Wigan; 9/4 Blackburn; 9/2 Bolton; 9/1 Wolves; 12/1 QPR; 12/1 Swansea; 16/1 BAR

Next Premier League Manager to go: 1/4 Steve Kean; 10/3 Owen Coyle; 8/1 Andre Villas-Boas; 8/1 Alex McLeish; 11/1 Mick McCarthy; 16/1 Roberto Martinez; 16/1 Martin Jol; 25/1 BAR

To go first: 1/4 Kean; 11/4 Coyle

When will Kean leave Blackburn: 5/4 before December 26th; 9/1 After Liverpool (26th) and before Utd (31st); 12/1 After Manchester United (31st) and before Stoke (2nd Jan); 8/13 Still in charge for Stoke game (2nd)

Gone by New Year (Kean/Coyle): 8/13 none; 6/5 one; 20/1 both

Joe Crilly
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Red Devils Will Leave Bookies Feeling Blue

The FA Cup semi-finals kick off on Saturday as Man City play Man Utd and William Hill make the red side of the city 11/10 favourites to get through to the final. It would appear that the loss of Wayne Rooney for United is not as damaging as the loss of Carlos Tevez for City and Hills punters have been rushing in to back United, already resulting in a five figure loss. Hills favourites to reach the final are Manchester United and Bolton, offered at 17/10, while a Stoke/Manchester City final is the outsider at 7/2.

“Manchester United are firm favourites both with us and the punters and we are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for a City victory,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

90 Minutes: 3/1 Manchester City; 11/10 Manchester United; 2/1 Draw

To Qualify: 4/7 Manchester United; 5/4 Manchester City

7/1 Hernandez to score a header

4/1 Balotelli to score anytime and Man City to win

Manchester City First Scorer: 5/1 Carlos Tevez; 7/1 Mario Balotelli; 15/2 Edin Dzeko; 9/1 Jo; 10/1 Adam Johnson; 10/1 David Silva; 12/1 Yaya Toure; 16/1 BAR

Manchester United First Scorer: 5/1 Javier Hernandez; 11/2 Dimitar Berbatov; 7/1 Michael Owen; 15/2 Nani; 9/1 Ryan Giggs; 10/1 Antonio Valencia; 10/1 Park Ji-Sung; 11/1 Gabriel Obertan; 14/1 Darron Gibson; 14/1 Paul Scholes; 20/1 BAR

What Will Mario Balotelli Do First?

13/8 Finish Match
7/4 Subbed
4/1 Score
9/2 Receive Yellow Card
25/1 Receive Straight Red Card

FA Cup Semi Final Match With Most Booking Points:

10/11 Man City / Man Utd
7/4 Bolton Wanderers / Stoke City
3/1 Tie

Yellow Card = 10 pts; Red Card = 25 pts

Highest Scoring Match: 5/6 Bolton/Stoke; 5/6 Man City/Man Utd

Fastest Scoring Team: 9/4 Manchester United; 5/2 Bolton; 11/4 Stoke; 3/1 Manchester City

Name The Finalists: 17/10 Manchester United / Bolton; 21/10 Manchester United/ Stoke; 14/5 Manchester City/Bolton; 7/2 Manchester City/Stoke

Further Information…Joe Crilly…0208 918 3746 / 07850 518 164

Manchester City: Champions League…they’re Having A Laugh But Wigan Look Doomed

Manchester City won against Wigan in Saturday’s late kick off and solidified their chances of Champions League football next season. They are offered at 1/3 with William Hill to finish in the top four, with Arsenal at 1/150 and Chelsea 1/8. City’s nearest contenders are Tottenham who are priced at 11/8 to breach the top four. City are also 25/1 to win the league, in from 33/1. Wigan’s woes continue and they are now 1/4 to get relegated, while Wolves and Blackpool are both 11/10 for the drop. Following the continuation of their mini revival under Roy Hodgson, West Brom are 13/8 to get relegated.

Arsenal failed to capitalise on Manchester United’s defeat midweek, by being held to a draw at home by Sunderland and their price to win the Premier League has drifted from 7/4 to 9/4 while, even without playing, Manchester United are back in to 8/15 from 8/13.

“Manchester City did not play particularly well against Wigan, however, they did not look like walking away with anything less than three points,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “As long as they keep winning, the Champions League spot is theirs.”

Manchester United take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday and Hills have the away side as marginal 6/4 favourites ahead of Liverpool who offered at 15/8. It could also mark Andy Carroll’s debut for the Reds and Hills are offering 5/1 that he comes off the bench and scores a goal. Games between the pair are often feisty affairs and 2/1 is on offer for any player to be shown red card.

William Hill Odds:

Premier League Outright: 8/15 Manchester United; 9/4 Arsenal; 11/1 Chelsea; 25/1 Manchester City; 150/1 Tottenham Hotspur

Top Four Finish: Manchester United N/A; 1/150 Arsenal; 1/8 Chelsea; 1/3 Manchester City; 11/8 Tottenham Hotspur; 16/1 Liverpool; 50/1 Bolton Wanderers

Relegation: 1/4 Wigan; 11/10 Wolves; 11/10 Blackpool; 6/5 West Ham; 13/8 West Brom; 9/4 Birmingham; 7/2 Blackburn; 12/1 Stoke; 16/1 BAR

Liverpool vs Manchester United Specials
Pep-Talk – Pepe Reina to be booked for dissent 10/1
Portugese Men O’ War – Nani & Meireles both to score 20/1
Van Der Star – Edwin Van Der Sar to win Man Of The Match 16/1
• Agger to be booked 1st 14/1
• Agger to be sent off 16/1
• Agger to Score First 25/1
• Agger to Score Anytime 8/1
Waynes World – Wayne Rooney to score 2 or more 6/1
It Never Reina’s It Pours – Reina to concede 3 or more goals – 13/2
Happy Evra After – Patrice Evra to score anytime and Man Utd win – 20/1
Angry Anderson – Anderson to be sent off 20/1
Luis The 14th – Luis Suarez to score in the first 14 minutes of the game 14/1
Handy Andy – Andy Carroll to come off the bench and score 5/1

Further Information…Joe Crilly…07850 518 164

Chelsea Lose Once More As Bolton Cut For Top Four Finish

Chelsea lost for the second game in a row but William Hill believe that the losing streak will not last long, offering 2/5 that they win the next game against Newcastle. The Blues play Man Utd on the 19th December and are 20/1 to not win until that game. Ancelotti is 11/8 to have left Chelsea by the first game of next season.

Manchester United won again today and Hills offer 20/1 that they can emulate the Arsenal ‘invincibles’ and remain undefeated all season. Their victory saw the return of Wayne Rooney who did not manage to get his name on the score sheet once more. Hills make him Even money to end his current drought against Rangers on Wednesday evening and 5/2 that it happens against Blackburn.

Bolton Wanderers have been the surprise package this season and currently sit in fourth spot in the Premier League. They are 25/1 to qualify for the Champion’s League (having been 250/1 at the start of the season) and 7/4 to finish in the Europa League spots (5th to 8th). They are 28/1 to finish in the bottom three.

“The league has started to take on a familiar shape, but with the top four faltering a bit, it could be time for one of the more unfashionable clubs to make their mark,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

William Hill Premier League Specials:

Bolton Wanderers Finishing Position: 25/1 Top four; 7/4 Fifth to Eighth; 5/4 Ninth to Twelfth; 9/4 Thirteenth to Seventeenth; 28/1 Bottom Three

Chelsea Next League Win: 2/5 Newcastle (28th Nov); 10/3 Everton (4th Dec); 9/1 Tottenham (12th Dec); 20/1 Man Utd (19th Dec); 33/1 None of the above

Ancelotti At Chelsea For 1st game of next season: 8/15 Yes; 11/8 No

20/1 Man Utd Remain Unbeaten All Season

Rooney’s Next Goal: 1/1 Rangers (24th Nov); 5/2 Blackburn (27th Nov); 6/1 West Ham (30th Nov); 14/1 Blackpool (4th Dec); 11/4 None of the above

Further Information…Joe Crilly…07850 518 164