Reliable From The Spot? Not Gerrard And Milner

With penalties a hot topic going into the knockout stages of Euro 2012 William Hill are betting on who will be the first England player to miss one in a dreaded shootout. Steven Gerrard and James Milner are both 9/2.

Manchester United penalty taker Wayne Rooney is 5/1 with John Terry, who missed a penalty in the Champions League final in 2008 at 6/1. Ashley Cole scored a magnificent penalty in Chelsea’s shootout win against Bayern Munich and is a 7/1 chance to miss first, as is Liverpool forward Andy Carroll.

Joe Hart has taken a few penalties in his time and has said he would step up in the first five if called upon. The confident stopper is 20/1 to be the first player to miss. He scored penalties for the Under 21’s against Sweden in 2009 and in a friendly for Manchester City against LA Galaxy last year.

“The captain and Milner are favourites to miss first but they have been good takers at club level in the past, Milner more so at Villa but we believe that the pressure of taking a must score penalty could get to one or two of these lions as nerves have definitely hit in years gone by,” said Hill’s spokesman Mark Young.

First England player to miss a penalty in a penalty shootout:

9/2 Steven Gerrard, 9/2 James Milner, 5/1 Wayne Rooney, 6/1 John Terry, 6/1 Any Other, 7/1 Ashley Cole, 7/1 Andy Carroll, 8/1 Ashley Young, 9/1 Scott Parker, 10/ Danny Welbeck, 12/1 Theo Walcott, 14/1 Joleon Lescott, 20/1 Joe Hart

*Bets are void if a penalty shootout does not take place with England involved in the rest of the tournament.

Further Information
Mark Young
PR Assistant, William Hill
Email: myoung@williamhill.co.uk
Phone: 02089183981

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Portugal 13/2 For Euros Glory As Ronaldo Humiliates Dutch

Germany and Portugal made it through to the knockout stages of the Euros at the expense of Denmark and pre-tournament third favourites Holland. Initially offered at 13/2 the Dutch were very underwhelming all tournament and that did not change against Portugal who are now 13/2 to win the tournament, while Germany are 9/4 joint favourites with Spain.

“Rather than battle as they did in the World Cup, the Dutch capitulated in every game that they played in and we do not have to worry about the half a million liability we racked up on them,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Worryingly, however, Portugal and Germany both leave us with large six figure payouts so we’re not out of the woods just yet.”

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two to put his side through and William Hill make him 4/1 to be the Euros top scorer and more importantly, he is 1/2 to pip Lionel Messi to the Ballon D’Or with the Argentinian 13/8.

Tournament winner: 9/4 Germany; 9/4 Spain; 13/2 Portugal; 7/1 France; 10/1 England; 14/1 Italy; 33/1 Czech Republic; 33/1 Croatia; 50/1 Greece; 100/1 Ukraine

Top goalscorer: 2/1 Mario Gomez; 7/2 Fernando Torres; 4/1 Cristiano Ronaldo; 16/1 Cesc Fabregas; 16/1 Mario andzukic; 25/1 Alan Dzagoev; 25/1 Karim Benzema; 33/1 BAR

Ballon D’Or: 1/2 Ronaldo; 13/8 Messi; 10/1 Iniesta; 12/1 Gomez; 16/1 Xavi; 20/1 Silva, Casillas; 25/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

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Euros Group A: Punters Have Made Their Minds Up Already

2004 winners of the Euros, Greece are 10/3 to qualify for the knockout stages of the event with Russsia (1/10) and Czech Republic (4/5) the two favourites to make it through. Greece will have to defeat Russia and are 4/1 to do so, while also hoping for a draw in the Poland/Czech Republic game – offered at 9/4.

Punters do not hold out much hope for the Greeks, however, with Russia backed, at this early stage, to the tune of over 90% of all bets staked on the match. Russia represent one of Hill’s biggest liabilities to win the tournament as well, with a six figure sum to be paid out if they manage to upset the pre tournament odds of 20/1.

“Going into the final round of games in Group A, there is still so much to play for, but our punters certainly seem to have made their minds up already,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Poland have also been very well backed by punters ahead of their game against Czech Republic, with 82% of all early bets staked on them to win.

Group A

4/1 Greece; 8/11 Russia; 5/2 Draw
23/10 Czech Republic; 5/4 Poland; 9/4 Draw

Winner: 3/10 Russia; 4/1 Czech Republic; 7/1 Poland; 33/1 Greece

To qualify (not to): 1/10 Russia (11/2); 4/5 Czech Republic (10/11); 11/10 Poland (4/6); 10/3 Greece (1/5)

Joe Crilly
Press Officer
Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

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Spain Second Favs For Tournament As Irish Hopes Dealt Blow

Croatia sit atop Group C after defeating Republic of Ireland but despite their draw today, Spain and Italy remain favourites to make it through to the knockout stages. William Hill make Spain 1/5 to go through and 3/1 second favourites to win the tournament. Ireland, however, are 9/1 to qualify from their group and a huge 100/1 to win the tournament.

“Given how difficult Ireland’s group is, this was a game where the boys in green needed to get something,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Unfortunately that was not the case and they now face even more of an uphill challenge.”

Euro 2012 winner: 5/2 Germany; 3/1 Spain; 8/1 France; 10/1 Italy; 12/1 Holland; 12/1 England; 12/1 Russia; 20/1 Croatia; 20/1 Portugal; 33/1 Denmark; 40/1 Poland; 501 Ukraine; 66/1 Sweden; 100/1 Rep of Ireland; 100/1 Czech Republic; 100/1 Greece

Group C:

Qualify (not to): 1/5 Spain (10/3); 8/13 Italy (6/5); 8/11 Croatia (1/1); 9/1 Rep of Ireland (1/20)

Winner: 5/6 Spain; 11/4 Croatia; 11/4 Italy; 40/1 Rep of Ireland

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

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Villas Boas On Brink

As Chelsea lose yet again:
YOU BET AVB ON THE BRINK

ANDRE VILLAS BOAS is now 8/11 with William Hill to cease to be Chelsea manager before the first day of next season, and to be the next Premier League boss to go.’AVB is setting unwanted records for Chelsea defeats, and it is difficult to see Mr Abramovich putting up with that for much longer’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

William Hill…..Premier League team to go furthest in Champions League: 6/4 Man U; 2/1 Chelsea; 9/4 Arsenal; 7/1 Man C;

Hills…Number of English teams in the knockout stages of the Champions League:
1….20/1
2…..2/1
3…..8/13
4…….9/2

VILLAS BOAS still in charge at Chelsea on 1st day of next season? Evens Yes; 8/11 no
Qualify :Chelsea 1/3 Yes 9/4 No

Hills…Next Chelsea Manager: 5/4 Guus Hiddink; 5/1 Jose Mourinho; 6/1 Marco van Basten; 8/1 Pep Guardiola; 16/1 Frank Rijkaard; 16/1 Mark Hughes; 16/1 Fabio Capello; 16/1 David Moyes; 20/1 Rafael Benitez

TO WIN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:13/8 Barca; 3/1 Real; 13/2 Bayern M; 12 Man U; 16 Chelsea; 20 Arsenal; 25 Man C; AC;Inter; 50 Napoli;Porto; 66 Benfica; 80 Valencia.Others on request

Further information……graham sharpe..07803233702
twitter- @sharpeangle

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South American Heavyweights Set To Slug It Out And England’s Women Fancied

Argentina are the 5/6 favourites with William Hill to win this Summer’s Copa America with Brazil the 2/1 second favourites. The pair are streets ahead of the third favourite, Uruguay, at 10/1. Argentina and Brazil are so fancied for the tournament that it is 2/5 for the pair to contest the final at Hills. Lionel Messi is the 7/2 favourite to be the tournament’s leading scorer while Brazil’s Fred is 9/1. Falcao, Higuain and Tevez are all 10/1.

“While some of the top sides have sent young or weaker squads to Argentina, the hosts and Brazil look as strong as ever and it appears as though they will be slugging it out for the title of best South American side,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Amidst stories that Mexico have suspended eight members of their squad, Hills have reacted by shortening the odds of their opponents in the first match. Chile have been cut from 4/6 to 4/9 for victory, while Mexico have lengthened to 11/2.

Copa America:

Nominate the Finalist: 2/5 Argentina/Brazil; 10/1 Argentina/Chile; 10/1 Argentina/Uruguay; 14/1 Argentina/Paraguay; 20/1 Brazil/Chile; 20/1 Brazil/Uruguay;22/1 Brazil/Colombia; 50/1 Brazil/Paraguay; 50/1 Uruguay/Chile; 66/1 Argentina/Mexico; 80/1 Brazil/Mexico; 100/1 Uruguay/Mexico; 150/1 Colombia/Chile; 150/1 Colombia/Uruguay; 200/1 Colombia/Mexico

Winner: 5/6 Argentina; 2/1 Brazil; 10/1 Uruguay; 11/1 Chile; 16/1 Paraguay; 20/1 Colombia; 50/1 Mexico; 66/1 Ecuador; 80/1 Venezuela; 150/1 Bolivia; 150/1 Peru; 200/1 Costa Rica

England’s Women Fancied For Knockout Berth

Fara Williams scored England’s only goal in their drab draw against Mexico and she heads the betting to be England’s lead scorer at the Women’s World Cup. She is the 2/1 favourite to do so, while Kelly Smith is the 5/2 second favourite. England have been pushed out from an initial 16/1 to 33/1 to win the tournament, although they are 1/5 to qualify from their group into the knockout stages.

“Despite the fact that the Three Lions got off to a bit of a slow start, we feel they will do exactly what is expected of them and qualify for the latter stages of the tournament with relative ease,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly

Women’s World Cup:

England Top Scorer: 2/1 Fara Williams; 5/2 Kelly Smith; 4/1 Eniola Aluko; 9/2 Ellen White; 8/1 Karen Carney; 10/1 Rachel Yankey; others on request

33/1 England to win Women’s World Cup
1/5 England to qualify for knockout stages

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

William Hill Press Office; Greenside House; 50 Station Road; Wood Green; London; N22 7TP

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6/1 Argentina-brazil Final

Kaka sending off Evens to be rescinded:
6/1 ARGENTINA-BRAZIL FINAL

William Hill now make Argentina and Brazil 4/1 joint favourites to win the World Cup – and offer 6/1 that the two will meet in the Final.
AND Hills ARE OFFERING EVEN MONEY THAT KAKA’S SENDING OFF WILL BE OVERTURNED BY FIFA, AND ALSO OFFER EVEN MONEY THAT KEITA WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SIMULATION.’The sending off was so clearly ludicrous that it is difficult to believe FIFA will not find a way of overturning it, albeit a one match ban would hardly affect Brazil who are already through – but Keita’s blatant simulation must surely warrant a punishment’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

TO WIN WORLD CUP – William Hill– 4/1 Argentina; Brazil; 5/1 Spain; 9/1 Germany; Holland; 10/1 England; 20/1 Italy; 25/1 Portugal; 33/1 Mexico; Uruguay.

TO QUALIFY…4/11 Portugal; 5/2 I Coast; 11 North Korea.

**Their point against Italy gives New Zealand a great chance of qualifying for the knockout stages for the first time, and William Hill now make the ‘All Whites’ 11/2 (10/1 prior to the Italy match, and 16/1 before the tournament commenced) to reach the last 16, and 14/1 (50/1 before the start of the World Cup) to win Group F.

Paraguay, who beat Slovakia 2-0, are 1/8 to win the group F with William Hill – who make Italy 5/1 to win the group.

England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany are all in danger of going out at the group stage.

All to qualify 33/1

All to be eliminated 50/1

Further information……graham sharpe…0780 3233702

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Lampard 9/4 To Join Jose At Real

JOSE 13/8 TO WIN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR REAL……7/2 TO STAY AT CLUB FOR THREE SEASONS

WITH JOSE Mourinho now officially appointed to the Real Madrid job, William Hill make him 4/7 to return to the Premier League as a boss before January 1, 2014. ‘Noone stays very long at Real Madrid, so Jose will probably be job-hunting again soon, and his best options are likely to be in the Premier League- so we make him 4/7 to be back there by 2014’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

**Will Jose Mourinho win the Champions League as Real Madrid manager? Yes 13/8, No 4/9

**Will Jose’s Real Madrid eliminate a Prem club during the knockout stages of next season’s Champions League?…..2/1 yes; 4/11 no

**Will Jose Mourinho manage again in the Premiership by 1st Jan 2014? Yes 4/7, No 5/4

**How many FULL seasons will Jose Mourinho complete at Real Madrid (i.e manage first and last La Liga match)? 0 = 9/4, 1 = 9/4, 2 = 9/4, 3+ = 7/2.

WILL ANY OF THESE PLAYERS PLAY FOR JOSE AT REAL NEXT SEASON..?

DROGBA – 7/1 Yes; 1/16no
A COLE- 7/4 Yes- 2/5 no
LAMPARD – 9/4 Yes- 1/3 no
GERRARD – 7/4 Yes – 2/5 no
TORRES – 16/1 – 1/100 no

BECK TO THE FUTURE FOR EVERTON?

William Hill offer 12/1 that former Wealdstone player Jermaine Beckford will start for England before the end of the 2010/11 season after he signed for Everton. He is also 7/1 to make an England squad during the season.
Hills offer Beckford at 6/4 to score FIVE or fewer Prem goals next season; 7/4 6-8; 7/4 NINE or more.
Hills MAKE EVERTON 13/8 TO FINISH IN THE TOP SIX NEXT SEASON, AND 8/1 TO FINISH IN THE TOP FOUR .

Further information……..graham sharpe…0780 3233702

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