Could Butland Cause Joe World Cup Hart-ache?

England’s young cubs are 7/5 slight favourites to defeat Italy (2/1) on Wednesday night and the draw 11/5. Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe are the only recognised strikers in the England squad yet neither are considered first choice at their club sides and are 13/8 (Defoe) and 5/6 (Carroll) to have left their clubs by the time the transfer window shuts. The Spurs striker is 1/7 to start Spurs opening game of the season although Andy Carroll is 4/1 to do so.

Jack Butland looks primed to make his debut in goal for England and William Hill offer 3/1 that he starts between the sticks for England’s first World Cup game in Brazil although Joe Hart is the 4/9 favourite.

“Butland looks likely to become the youngest ever goalkeeper capped by England and should he progress as is expected, he could well be pressing Joe Hart for the number one shirt,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Match betting: 7/5 England; 2/1 Italy; 11/5 Draw

First scorer (England): 13/2 Andy Carroll; 7/1 Jermain Defoe; 8/1 Ashley Young; 9/1 Theo Walcott; 11/1 BAR

First scorer (Italy): 6/1 Diego Fabrini; 13/2 Mattia Destro; 15/2 Alessandro Diamanti; 8/1 Stephan El Shaarawy; 9/1 Manolo Gabbidini; 10/1 BAR

Who will start in goal for England in first WC match in Rio 2014: 4/9 Joe Hart; 3/1 Jack Butland; 11/2 Any other; 7/1 John Ruddy
*Bets void if England do not qualify for tournament

Defoe to start vs Newcastle: 1/7 yes; 11/4 no

Andy Carroll to start vs West Brom: 4/1 yes; 1/7 no

Defoe to still be at Spurs as the transfer window closes: 4/9 yes; 13/8 no
*loan deals count

Carroll to still be at Liverpool as the transfer window closes: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no
*loan deals count

To make the England World Cup squad:

7/4 Michael Carrick (2/5 no)
2/5 Jack Butland (7/4 no)
5/6 John Ruddy (5/6 no)
1/4 Kyle Walker (11/4 no)
13/8 Steven Caulker (4/9 no)
6/4 Ryan Bertrand (1/2 no)
1/1 Jack Rodwell (8/11 no)
5/1 Jake Livermore (1/9 no)
8/13 Tom Cleverley (6/5 no)

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Rio Odds On To Never Don The Three Lions Again

The decision to leave Rio Ferdinand out of the England squad, despite the catalogue of injuries, has stirred consternation amongst the masses and William Hill think that this could be the final nail in the long serving defender’s international coffin. He is 4/9 to never play for England again and 4/1 to announce his international retirement before the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season.

“Rio is a veteran of over 80 England caps but it looks like he will fail to add to his impressive tally,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Hills are now betting on when Ferdinand will retire from football completely and offer 10/1 that he does so this year. Ferdinand fans need not worry, however as the odds of 6/4 suggest it is much more likely he is still playing in 2015.

“Players often add a couple of years to their playing careers by retiring from international football and Rio’s omission could be a blessing in disguise,” said Crilly.

Rio Ferdinand to announce his international retirement before the start of the 2012/13 Premier League season: 4/1

Rio Ferdinand to play for England again: 4/9 no; 13/8 yes

What year will Rio Ferdinand retire from professional football: 10/1 2012; 15/8 2013; 13/8 2014; 6/4 2015 or later

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Kelly To Replace Cahill…but He Will Not Replace Him In Starting Xi

Gary Cahill has been withdrawn from the England squad to add to Roy Hodgson’s woes and his replacement, Martin Kelly, is 1/3 with William Hill to see no action during the Three Lions three group games (9/4 to make any kind of appearance vs France, Ukraine or Sweden). Cahill’s injury means that a maximum of 10 of Saturday’s XI vs Belgium will be able to start against France and Hills offer 7/1 that all ten of those take their places next week. The most likely, however, is eight of the players to start at 8/11 with nine at Even money.

“Cahill will be a big loss considering the fact that it looked like he was going to be starting alongside Terry and now it looks like Lescott will have to step up to the plate,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

How any of England’s starting XI vs Belgium will start against France: 25/1 seven or fewer; 8/11 eight; 1/1 nine; 7/1 ten

Martin Kelly to make any kind of appearance during England’s group stages: 9/4 yes; 1/3 no

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Torres 2/1 To Walk…di Matteo 1/2 To Stay…you Bet Chelsea Set To Dominate England Squad

Fernando Torres is said to be assessing his options at Chelsea despite winning the Champions League and has made it clear that he is contemplating leaving should his role in the squad remain peripheral. William Hill think that he will still be a Chelsea player at the start of next season, offering 4/11 that he starts next season at Chelsea, although the 2/1 that he leaves is the shortest price on him exiting since he joined the club.

“Torres is reportedly far from happy at Chelsea ad has revealed he would be open to a transfer, but would there be any club willing to part with around £50 million to sign a misfiring striker?” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Roberto Di Matteo is reportedly being given serious consideration by the Chelsea hierarchy, but despite this and his masterminding of victory in the Champions League, he can still be backed at 1/2 with Hills to get the manager’s job on a permanent basis. Fabio Capello is 5/2 with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho 8/1.

“Despite winning the trophy most coveted by Roman Abramovic, he still remains relatively backable at 1/2 and he finds himself uncertain of his future at Chelsea,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Roy Hodgson has stated that he wants Chelsea’s players to continue their Champions League form into the European Championships and Hills offer 2/1 that all four Chelsea players in the England squad start the first match against France. The favourite, however, is three of the four at 4/5. For none or one of those players to start is offered at 14/1.

Spurs missed out on Champions League football despite finishing fourth in the League and there could well be a exodus from White Hart Lane, with Luka Modric cut to leave the club from 6/5 to 5/6. Gareth Bale is the same price to have left the club with Van der Vaart 9/4 to leave.

Next permanent Chelsea manager: 1/2 Roberto Di Matteo; 5/2 Fabio Capello; 8/1 Pep Guardiola; 8/1 Jose Mourinho; 10/1 Harry Redknapp; 14/1 Laurent Blanc; 14/1 Rafa Benitez; 16/1 Joachim Low; 20/1 BAR

Players at Spurs on first day of next season:

Modric: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no
Bale: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no
Van der Vaart: 1/3 yes; 9/4 no

Fernando Torres still at Chelsea on the first day of next season: 4/11 yes; 2/1 no

Didier Drogba still at Chelsea on the first day of next season: 6/5 yes; 8/13 no

Frank Lampard to be at Chelsea on first day of next season: 1/6 yes; 7/2 no

Number of Chelsea players in England’s starting XI vs France: 14/1 none/one; 7/2 two; 4/5 three; 2/1 four

English side in Champions League Final 2012/13: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no

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Villa Fans Shouting Ole…

AVB To Swap Blue For Red? Golden Summer For Becks? 150/1 Owen To Chester…

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has been the subject of a massive nationwide gamble to become the next Aston Villa manager and subsequently his price has crashed from 20/1 to 6/4 favourite in just over an hour. Despite his price collapsing, punters were still desperate to back the former United striker. Paul Lambert is the 2/1 second favourite, having been favourite for most of the time since Alex McLeish was sacked, while Roberto Martinez is 5/1.

“Solskjaer has Premier League pedigree as a player and has proved himself to be quite an efficient manager in his homeland and our punters think that he may now be ready to take the leap into the Premier League,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Rio Ferdinand was left out of Roy Hodgson’s Euro squad and William Hill make the Manchester United defender 8/13 to never play for England again (6/5 he does). John Terry is 1/4 to start England’s first Euros match against France, with Gary Cahill 1/2, Phil Jones 7/4 and Joleon Lescott 2/1.

“Rio Ferdinand has been one of England’s finest defenders over the last decade or so but it now seems that the sun has set on his international career,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Roy Hodgson named his England squad on Wednesday and since the former West Brom manager took over, Hills have seen plenty of support for the Three Lions at the European Championships. “Despite the very recent change in personnel, our punters appear to have faith in Roy who has the experience to stabilise the squad after a tumultuous few months,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

As things stand, Andre Villas-Boas is the 5/4 favourite to take the reins at Liverpool with Roberto Martinez 5/2 and Brendan Rodgers 5/1. “Whoever takes the job at Liverpool will have seriously big boots to fill, but AVB has pedigree despite his not so happy time at Chelsea and he looks like he may be the man to do the job,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

David Beckham is currently in Athens receiving the Olympic torch and Lord Coe has said it would be fantastic if he represented Team GB at the Games. William Hill think that Seb may well get his wish, offering 4/7 that he is present at the London Games as a competitor (5/4 he is not). He is only slightly longer, at 4/6 to start GB’s first match in London indicating that should he go, he will certainly be there to play and not just make up the numbers. GB are 5/1 to win gold in the Olympic Football.

“David Beckham has almost usurped Lord Coe as the face of the London Games and we think his efforts will be rewarded by representing Team GB in the summer,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Chelsea are currently preparing for the Champions League Final and William Hill are offering 7/2 that the Blues lift the trophy and Roberto Di Matteo is offered the manager’s position on a permanent basis. He is 9/4 to get the job if Chelsea lose in the Final although the most likely outcome is that Chelsea lose the Final and Di Matteo fails to get the job.

Michael Owen has been released by Manchester United and Hills reckon that the sharpshooter could be on his way to Stoke City, offering them at 9/2 to be Owen’s next club, although Everton could be waiting in the wings at 6/1 and Aston Villa 7/1. Should he decide to follow in his father’s footsteps, he is 150/1 to play for Chester FC, his boyhood club.

“Despite not quite fitting the bill at United, Owen showed in flashes that he is still a competent player and there will be no lack of suitors for him to have his pick of,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Rio Ferdinand to play for England again: 6/5 yes; 8/13 no

David Beckham Specials

Make The GB Olympic Squad 4/7 Yes, 5/4 No
Play GBs First Game 4/6 Yes, 11/10 No
GB to win the tournament 5/1

Chelsea & Di Matteo Specials

Chelsea win CL & RDM TO get the job 7/2
Chelsea win CL & RDM NOT get the job 13/2
Chelsea to lose CL & RDM TO get the job 9/4
Chelsea to lose CL & RDM NOT get the job 10/11

Next Liverpool manager: 5/4 Andre Villas Boas; 7/2 Roberto Martinez; 5/1 Brendan Rodgers; 7/1 Frank Rijkaard; 8/1 Rafael Benitez; 9/1 Fabio Capello; 12/1 Didier Deschamps; 16/1 BAR

Michael Owen’s next club: 9/2 Stoke; 6/1 Everton; 7/1 Aston Villa; 9/1 Swansea; 10/1 Wigan; 16/1 Sunderland; 16/1 Blackpool; 16/1 Brighton; 20/1 Newcastle; 20/1 Sheffield Wednesday; 25/1 Bolton; 25/1 Liverpool; 25/1 Leicester; 25/1 Blackburn; 33/1 Leeds; 33/1 Wolves; 33/1 Burnley; 66/1 Tranmere; 150/1 Chester FC

Next Aston Villa Manager: 6/4 Solskjaer; 2/1 Lambert; 5/1 Martinez; 10/1 Mick McCarty; 14/1 Simon Grayson; 16/1 Hughton; Ranieri; Poyet; K Macdonald; McDermott…others on request

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Martinez 5/2 To Take The Crown From King Kenny

It appears likely that Kenny Dalglish will step down as manager of Liverpool today and William Hill make in-demand Wigan boss, Roberto Martinez, the 5/2 favourite to be the next boss at Anfield. Dalglish’s number two, Steve Clarke is 4/1 with Hills who also offer 5/1 Benitez, 7/1 Brendan Rodgers; 12/1 Martin O’Neill, 14/1 Andre Villas Boas and 16/1 about both Mourinho and Carlos Ancelotti.

“Despite his second stint in charge of Liverpool not quite being as successful as his first, he still remains a legend in Liverpool and his boots will be very big ones to fill,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Next Liverpool Manager: 5/2 Roberto Martinez; 4/1 Steve Clarke; 5/1 Rafael Benitez; 7/1 Brendan Rodgers; 12/1 Martin O’Neill; 14/1 Andre Villas-Boas; 16/1 Jose Mourinho; 16/1 Carlo Ancelotti; 20/1 Didier Deschamps; 20/1 Marcello Lippi; 20/1 Jurgen Klinsmann; 20/1 Paul Lambert; 25/1 BAR

RUDDY HELL! JOHN BACKED TO BE ON PLANE TO POLAND

John Ruddy, the Norwich City goalkeeper, has been backed in from 5/1 to 1/5 to make the England squad with Scott Carson’s price going the other way from 10/11 to 2/1 and David Stockdale’s going from 10/11 to 4/1.

“John Ruddy had a fantastic season, at some points singlehandedly keeping Norwich in matches and there has been quite a clamour in the last 24 hours to back him for a deserved England call up,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

With Scott Parker struggling with injury, William Hill have also cut his odds of not going to the Euros from 12/1 to 7/2. Paul Scholes could be the man to profit if Scott Parker does not make the squad, with Hills making him 6/4 for a sensational return to the England fold (1/2 he is not). Regardless of whether he makes the England squad, Scholes is 5/2 to start the game against France at the Euros (he is 2/7 not to).

CHAMPIONS SET TO GO OUT ROBIN & RAID ARSENAL AGAIN!

Manchester City have earmarked Robin van Persie as their number one summer target and William Hill offer 8/11 that the current Premier League Player of the Year has left Arsenal by the start of next season (Even money he is still there).

William Hill are offering 6/4 that Joey Barton’s ban, stemming from his incredible lack of self control against Manchester City, is 12 or more games (1/2 it is shorter).

“We were originally offering 5/6 that Joey’s ban would be shorter than eight games, but that was backed off the boards and so we had to bump up the number of games to 12,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

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Kenny Backed To Stay After Liverpool Bounce Back

Liverpool strolled to victory against Chelsea just days after defeat in the FA Cup Final and will somewhat appease the Liverpool fans after what has been a disappointing season. Kenny Dalglish may have bought himself some time and William Hill now make him 4/7 (from 5/6) that he is in charge of Liverpool come the first game of next season.

“Liverpool’s fans will rightly be disappointed with their side’s season, but a comprehensive victory against the Champions League finalists has bookended a torrid season and set fans thinking that Kenny may well be the man to lead them to glory in 2012/13,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Andy Carroll continued his recent fine form, with just a goal missing from his performance against Chelsea and Hills offer 5/6 that he is on the England plane for the Euros (5/6 he is not).

Chelsea’s capitulation means that they are out of the running for the top four and Hills are now betting on who will finish third and fouth in the league, with Arsenal 4/9 to finish in third and Tottenham 1/2 to finish in fourth.

Who will finish third: 4/9 Arsenal; 7/4 Tottenham; 33/1 Newcastle

Who will finish fourth: 1/2 Tottenham; 2/1 Arsenal; 7/1 Newcastle

Kenny Dalglish to still be in his current position on first day of 2012/13 Premiership season: 4/7 yes, 5/4 no

Andy Carroll to be in the final Euro 2012 England squad: 5/6 yes, 5/6 no

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John Terry 1/4 To Miss Out On Euros Squad

John Terry will have woken the morning after possibly his worst performance in a Chelsea shirt, to see that his place in the England Euros squad is no certainty. William Hill make him just 1/4 to fail to make Roy Hodgson’s final 23 for Poland and the Ukraine. There are many saying that Terry and Rio Ferdinand will not be able to play in the same team and it would appear that Rio is the favoured candidate at the moment with Hills making him 4/11 to make the squad.

“This is the first real issue that Hodgson has had to deal with in his role as England manager and the odds suggest that Rio will get the nod for the Euros with Terry missing out,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

The last few games have seen somewhat of a renaissance for Andy Carroll and he is 5/6 to make the Euros squad while his manager went some way towards appeasing the Anfield faithful with Liverpool’s 4-1 win over Chelsea and he is 1/2 to be in charge of Liverpool on the first day of next season.

Will John Terry be in England’s Euro 2012 squad: 1/4 no; 11/4 yes

Will Rio Ferdinand be in England’s Euro 2012 squad: 4/11 yes; 2/1 no

Will Andy Carroll be in England’s Euro 2012 squad: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no

Will Kenny Dalglish be in charge of Liverpool on the first day of next season: 1/2 yes; 6/4 no

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Liverpool Fans Carroll Singing…reds 6/5 To Lift Trophy

Andy Carroll scored the winner for Liverpool against Everton in the FA Cup semi final and William Hill make him 8/1 to score the last goal of the match in the final and also offer 12/1 that he is named official Man Of The Match in the final. Liverpool are the 6/5 favourites to win the FA Cup with Spurs 2/1 and Chelsea 9/4.

Luis Suarez was named Man Of The Match and he is 8/1 to receive the award again in the final.

“Andy Carroll was knocking on the door all day and his goal was much deserved,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “His current purple patch may have come too late for an England call up;, but despite this, we think he could have a say in the final.”

Spurs are 4/5 favourites to qualify from tomorrow’s game, while Chelsea are 10/11. After the late drama at Wembley on Saturday, Hills offer 4/1 that Sunday’s winners come from behind to win the match. With the match almost too close to call, Hills go 6/1 about it going to penalties.

Suarez to be named official Man Of Match in final – 8/1

Andy Carroll to be named official Man Of Match in final – 12/1

Caroll in England squad for summer – 3/1 YES 2/9 NO

Winner of tomorrow’s game to come from behind to win in 90 minutes – 4/1

Carroll to score first/last in final – 8/1

FA Cup outright: 6/5 Liverpool; 2/1 Spurs; 9/4 Chelsea

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Late Respite For Kenny As He Is Cut To Stay At Anfield

Andy Carroll scored a late winner for Liverpool and William Hill have cut the odds of his boss still being in charge on the first day of next season from Evens to 5/6 (5/6 to have gone). Carroll, who at one stage looked like he could be on his way out of Liverpool is 4/7 to still be there and is also 9/2 to be in the England squad in the summer. Liverpool are 1/2 to finish above Everton in the Premier League this season, with the Blues 6/4 to do likewise.

“The late Andy Carroll goal has had such an important bearing on Kenny, Carroll and the club as a whole,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

William Hill odds:

Kenny Dalglish Liverpool manager 1st day of next premier league season: 5/6 yes 5/6 no

Andy Carroll Liverpool player 1st day of next premier league season: 4/7 Yes 5/4 No
(Loan deals count)

Season match bet: Liverpool 1/2 Everton 6/4

Andy Carroll to be in the Euro 2012 squad: 9/2 yes; 1/8 no

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