DAVID BECKHAM has been left out of Stuart Pearces Olympic squad to be replaced instead by Micah Richards and William Hill are offering 4/1 that the starting XI in the first Olympics game for Team GB features at least one player from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. GB are the 6/1 joint third favourites to win the Olympic football alongside Switzerland and behind Brazil (15/8) and Spain (9/4). David Beckham has now been slashed from 25/1 to 10/1 to light the Olympic Flame.
Becks has been disappointed in his dream to represent Team GB at the Olympics but he may well have a role to play in lighting the Olympic Flame, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
David Beckhams attentions will undoubtedly turn to the MLS Cup, for which his LA Galaxy side are 12/1 to win.
Andre Villas Boas looks as though he is just days away from being confirmed as the next Spurs boss with William Hill making him 1/12 to get the gig on a permanent basis. He is well fancied to do better in the Spurs hot-seat than he did at Chelsea and he is 1/10 to last the whole of next season in charge. AVBs job will be made simpler by the fact that star man, Gareth Bale, has penned a new four year deal although Hills offer 4/6 that he leaves White Hart Lane before the end of the contract (11/10 he will still be there).
AVBs project did not go down too well at Chelsea, but with a younger squad, wholesale changes will not really be required and it may well be able easier to implement his ideas at the lane, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly.
Should Villas Boas take charge, he may have to turn around Spurs fortunes without playmaker, Luka Modric, who is 1/7 to leave the club before the start of next season, amid interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.
La Galaxy to win the MLS Cup: 12/1
GB Mens Olympic Football: 15/8 Brazil, 9/4 Spain, 6/1 Great Britain, 6/1 Switzerland, 8/1 Uruguay, 12/1 Mexico, 40/1 Japan, 40/1 South Korea, 50/1 Morocco, 50/1 Egypt, 50/1 Senegal, 50/1 Belarus, 50/1 Gabon, 150/1 UAB, 150/1 Honduras, 150/1 New Zealand
Beckham to light the Olympic Flame: 10/1 yes; 1/33 no
Next permanent Spurs manager: 1/12 Andre Villas Boas; 8/1 Laurent Blanc; 14/1 Fabio Capello; 16/1 David Moyes; 16/1 Pep Guardiola; 20/1 Rafa Benitez; 20/1 Jurgen Klinsmann; 20/1 Tim Sherwood; 20/1 Guus Hiddink; 25/1 BAR
AVB to last the season as Spurs boss: 11/2 no; 1/10 yes
*bets void if AVB not named as Spurs manager
Bale to stay until the end of his contract: 4/6 no; 11/10 yes
Modric to still be at Spurs at the start of next season: 1/7 no; 4/1 yes
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