Beck’s Backed To Light Flame Following Snub…avb To Take Project To Spurs

DAVID BECKHAM has been left out of Stuart Pearce’s 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 Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

David Beckham’s 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. AVB’s 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).

“AVB’s 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 Hill’s 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 Men’s 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

Joe Crilly
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Avb Closes In On Spurs Job

AVB Closes In on Spurs Job

Despite Andre Villas Boas claiming talk about him joining Tottenham as lies William Hill still quote him at 4/11 to become the new boss at White Hart Line.

Laurent Blanc suffered disappointment with France’s elimination from Euro 2012 last night but he is 8/1 to take over from Harry Redknapp. Fabio Capello is second favourite at 5/1 but money has been placed on ex Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at 16/1.

“Money has been seen for Guardiola and Blanc but despite AVB playing down rumours of his move to Spurs we expect him to be in the hot seat at White Hart Lane sooner rather than later,” said William Hill spokesman Mark Young.

Next Tottenham Manager: 4/11 Villas Boas, 5/1 Capello, 8/1 Blanc, 8/1 Klinsmann, 14/1 Moyes, 14/1 Hoddle, 16/1 Rangnick, 16/1 Guardiola, 16/1 Martinez, 16/1 Sherwood, 16/1 Hiddink, 20/1 Benitez, 25/1 BAR

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

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Could Moses Lead Chelsea To The Promised Land Again?

With Chelsea having had their first approach for Victor Moses rebuffed William Hill question where he will be at the beginning of next season. So often used to getting their way, Chelsea are 4/7 to land the young striker and 11/8 he will still be at Wigan.

“Abramovich can quite often get like a dog with a bone, as his dogged pursuit of Jose Mourinho has shown in the past and we think that the same determination will prove too much for Wigan this summer,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Chelsea have already signed Eden Hazard and Marko Marin this summer and seem to be on the hunt to strengthen their Champions League winning squad. William Hill believe that 3-4 new signings (4/6) will start on the first day of next season for the Blues. 0-2 is 7/4 and 5+ is 5/1.

Andre Villas Boas is the 2/7 favourite with William Hill to take over at Tottenham despite the clubs links with France boss Laurent Blanc, who is 3/1 for the job. Luka Modric is 8/11 to still be at White Hart Lane for the start of next season. Gareth Bale is 4/9 and Rafael Van der Vaart is 8/15.

“Overlooking his Chelsea experience, AVB has a great managerial record and it would seem that some of the top players will stay to be part of the revolution,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Victor Moses’ Club on the first day of next Season: Chelsea 4/7, Wigan 11/8, QPR 10/1, Arsenal 12/1, Liverpool 16/1, Spurs 16/1, Man City 20/1, Man Utd 20/1

How many new players signed by Chelsea will start first game of next season?

7/4 0-2
4/6 3-4
5/1 5+

Next Permanent Tottenham Manager: 2/7 Villas Boas, 3/1 Blanc, 10/1 Klinsmann, 12/1 Moyes, 12/1 Rangnick, 14/1 Sherwood, 16/1 Martinez, 20/1 Benitez, 25/1 BAR

Still at Tottenham on the first day of next season:

8/11 Modric (1/1 Not)
4/9 Bale (13/8 Not)
8/15 Van der Vaart (11/8 Not)

Joe Crilly
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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

Joe Crilly
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Will Spurs Exodus Begin As Chelsea Hope To Keep Hold Of Stars

Following Chelsea’s fantastic victory against Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final, William Hill have cut the odds of Roberto Di Matteo bagging the Chelsea job on a permanent basis from 4/7 to 1/2. Fabio Capello who was as short as 2/1 on Friday is now 5/2 second favourite. Tottenham, who missed out on Champions League football on the back of Chelsea’s victory, are 10/1 to lose their manager to Chelsea.

With Spurs missing out on Champions League football next season, Hills are now looking at some of the big names at White Hart Lane and whether they will stay or go. Gareth Bale is coveted in both Spain and Italy is 5/6 to have left Spurs by the start of next season (5/6 to still be there). Luka Modric has no lack of suitors although he is 8/13 to still be at Spurs with Rafael van der Vaart 1/3 to stay.

“Despite Spurs missing out on Champions League football in the cruellest of fashions it looks as though they will hold on to the majority of their stars,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

John Terry lifted the Champions League trophy, despite being suspended and amidst much criticism, but Hills think that he will be backed to the hilt by his club, offering 1/8 he is still at Chelsea. His Chelsea teammate, Didier Drogba, had a fantastic night and he is 8/11 to stay at Chelsea and be there at the start of next season.

Andre Villas Boas is the new favourite at 6/4 to be named as the next permanent Liverpool manager, with Roberto Martinez 2/1, Rafael Benitez 6/1 and Harry Redknapp at 7/1.

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 Rafael Benitez; 16/1 Joachim Low; 20/1 BAR

To be a Spurs player next season:

Modric: 8/13 yes; 6/5 no
Bale: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no
Van Der Vaart: 1/3 yes; 9/4 no

John Terry to be at Chelsea next season: 1/8 yes; 9/2 no

Didier Drogba to be at Chelsea at the start of next season: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no

Chelsea and Spurs to qualify for the Champions League next season: 9/4

Premier League 2012/13 match bet: 2/5 Chelsea; 7/4 Spurs

Next permanent Liverpool manager: 6/4 Andre Villas Boas; 2/1 Roberto Martinez; 6/1 Rafael Benitez; 7/1 Harry Redknapp; 7/1 Brendan Rodgers; 10/1 Didier Deschamps; 16/1 Michael Laudrup; 16/1 Fabio Capello; 20/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
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Football Betting News From William Hill Bookmaker 2012-02-13 00:00:00

Klinsmann Back To White Hart Lane? Tevez To Return To City? RVP To Madrid?

William Hill are offering 14/1 that Harry Redknapp qualifies for the Champions League for Spurs AND wins the European Championships as England manager. Should Redknapp become the England manager, a job for which he is 4/11 to get, Hills make Jose Mourinho the 9/2 favourite to succeed him at White Hart Lane. Newspaper reports have, however, suggested that current US coach and Spurs legend, Jurgen Klinsmann could be in line to take over and he has been cut from 16/1 to 10/1 to take over from Redknapp.

“Klinsmann is a legend at Spurs and has shown himself to be quite a capable manager as well,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Spurs fans would not be upset with his appointment.”

Fernando Torres’ barren spell continued against Everton on Saturday but Hills reckon he could return to scoring ways in the FA Cup being 6/5 to score his next goal for Chelsea against Birmingham. He is 9/2 to bag his next against Napoli and the same price to do so against Bolton. It is 6/1 for his next Chelsea goal to come against West Brom, although he is 3/1 to fail to score in any of those four matches. Andre Villas Boas is also under pressure at Chelsea and Hills are offering 6/1 that both he and Torres have left Chelsea by the first game of next season.

Carlos Tevez is reportedly returning to Manchester on Tuesday and has been earmarked for a return to the City squad over the coming weeks, but William Hill are odds on (at 4/7) that he does not make another appearance for the Blues this season (5/4 he does).

“The January transfer window has shut and Tevez staying in Argentina does nobody any favours,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “His return could well see him back in the first team squad.”

Arsene Wenger has described the Spanish press as “creative” as they suggest that Robin van Persie could be joining Real Madrid in the summer. William Hill offer 8/11 that van Persie is still at Arsenal on the first day of next season, but also offer 5/2 that he is at Real Madrid. He is 6/1 to have joined Barcelona, 9/1 Manchester City and 14/1 Paris Saint Germain.

4/1 PRE-MATCH HANDSHAKES TO BE SCRAPPED

William Hill are offering 4/1 that pre-match handshakes will be scrapped officially in Premier League matches before the start of next season. Hills had offered 1/5 that Evra and Suarez WOULD shake hands, and 10/3 that they would not. Hills go 5/1 that Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez have left Liverpool by the first game of next season.

After Rio Ferdinand refused to shake hands with Suarez, Hills are offering 11/4 that he and John Terry will NOT start in the same Euro 12 side for England.

When will Torres next score: 6/5 Birmingham; 9/2 Napoli; 9/2 Bolton; 6/1 WBA; 3/1 not to score in any of these matches
*must start the first game or bets void

6/1 Both Andre Villas Boas and Fernando Torres to have left Chelsea by the start of 2012/13 season

5/1 Both Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez to have left Liverpool by the start of 2012/13 season

Next Spurs Manager: 9/2 Jose Mourinho; 6/1 David Moyes; 10/1 Jurgen Klinsmann; 10/1 Carlo Ancelotti; 10/1 Brendan Rodgers; 12/1Tim Sherwood; 12/1 Martin O’Neill; 16/1 Mark Hughes; 16/1 Gus Poyet; 16/1Paul Lambert; 16/1 Slaven Bilic; 20/1 BAR

Redknapp to qualify for Champions League with Spurs and win Euros with England: 14/1

Carlos Tevez to play again for Manchester City this season (EPL or Europa League): 5/4 yes; 4/7 no

Robin van Persie club next season: 8/11 Arsenal; 5/2 Real Madrid; 6/1 Barcelona; 9/1 Manchester City; 14/1 PSG; 16/1 AC Milan; 20/1 Inter Milan; 33/1 Chelsea

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

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Carroll Becomes The Main Man For Liverpool…transfer Specials

Luis Suarez started his eight game ban against Manchester City and Andy Carroll will need to come to the party. Hills are betting on how many goals Carroll scores in the next seven matches and make one goal the 5/2 favourite. He is 11/4 to bag two and 7/2 to score three. Carroll is 7/2 to draw a blank in the entirety of Suarez’s absence.

“Andy Carroll has had a difficult start to his Liverpool career and for the first time since arriving at Anfield, he will be the focal point of the side’s attacks for a sustained period of time,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “It is now time for him to start performing and we think that while he may not sparkle, he should get a couple of goals for the cause.”

Jermain Defoe was on target for Spurs as they defeated West Brom and William Hill think that he will remain a Spurs player come the end of the transfer window. He is 4/11 to still be at White Hart Lane and 2/1 to have left, with Newcastle the 3/1 favourites to be his next club after Spurs. Defoe is 13/8 to start England’s first Euro 2012 game (4/9 not to) and is 50/1 to be the Euro 2012 leading goalscorer. Spurs’ victory over WBA resulted in another three points in their quest to finish in the top four and Hills make them 2/7 to finish in the Champions League spots.

There are question marks over the futures of two more of English football’s top strikers and Hills offer 11/10 that Bobby Zamora leaves Fulham this window and Even money that Didier Drogba leaves Chelsea in the same time frame. Bolton are the 15/8 favourites to be Zamora’s next club, while there are three Chinese sides (Shanghai Shenhua, Guangzho Evergrande and Dakaub Aerbin) at 3/1 to be Drogba’s next club.

How many goals will Andy Carroll score in the next seven games (all competitions): 7/2 none; 5/2 one; 11/4 two; 7/2 three; 9/2 four; 7/1 five or more

Defoe still at Tottenham after January Transfer Window: 4/11 Yes; 2/1 No

Defoe Next Club: 3/1 Newcastle; 10/3 Sunderland; 4/1 Aston Villa; 9/2 Liverpool; 11/2 Stoke; 8/1 QPR; 9/1 Everton…others on request

Defoe to start England’s first Euro 2012 game: 13/8 yes; 4/9 no

Bobby Zamora still at Fulham after January Transfer Window: 4/6 yes; 11/10 no

Zamora next club: 15/8 Bolton; 3/1 Sunderland; 7/2 QPR; 8/1 Liverpool; 9/1 Stoke; 10/1 Tottenham; 12/1 West Ham…others on request

Drogba still at Chelsea after January Transfer Window: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no

Drogba Next Club: 3/1 Dakaub Aerbin; 3/1 Guangzho Evergrande; 3/1 Shanghai Shenhua; 4/1 Anzhi Makhachkla; 12/1 Inter Milan; 14/1 AC Milan; 14/1 LA Galaxy; 14/1 PSG; 20/1 Malaga…others on request

Joe Crilly
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Didier No Longer Top Drog But You Bet He Will Stay In January

With uncertainty surrounding the Chelsea future of Didier Drogba, William Hill think that he will stay at the club during the January transfer window offering 2/5 that he is still there on the 1st February 2012 (7/4 that he moves during that period).

“Drogba has long been the main targetman for Chelsea, however his position as top dog is under threat from some of the younger pups,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Saying that, however, we do not think that he will bolt for the exit in January.”

Palace Travel To Old Trafford And Wednesday Europa Prices

Crystal Palace head to Old Trafford on Wednesday with the hosts 1/4 favourites with William Hill to secure a victory and the Eagles a massive 12/1 to spring an upset. With the hosts such firm favourites, Hills are offering a market on how many goals the home side will score and make two the 11/4 favourite followed by three at 3/1 but should the flood gates open, Hills make seven or more goals 33/1. Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has drawn comparisons to Lionel Messi but Hills think he has a long way to go before realising that potential and he is 4/1 to play for England before the 2014 World Cup. Zaha is 6/1 to score anytime and 16/1 to open the scoring at Old Trafford.

“Zaha will have the ultimate platform to showcase his talents although, we ultimately think that he (and his team) will struggle to score, let alone win,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Birmingham and Spurs are both taking part in the Europa League on Wednesday and while Birmingham are outsiders to win away in Braga (at 5/1) but Spurs are 2/5 to defeat PAOK Salonika at White Hart Lane. Spurs still represent England’s best prospect in this tournament and are 9/1 favourites to win the tournament.

Carling Cup:

1/4 Manchester United; 12/1 Crystal Palace; 9/2 Draw

To Qualify: 1/16 Manchester United; 7/1 Crystal Palace

How many goals will Manchester United Score: 15/2 none; 7/2 one; 11/4 two; 3/1 three; 6/1 four; 10/1 five; 20/1 six; 33/1 seven or more

Wilfried Zaha to play for England before the start of the 2014 World Cup: 4/1 yes; 1/7 no

Europa League:

Spurs Stage of Elimination: 7/2 group stage; 7/2 last 32; 4/1 last 16; 5/1 quarter final; 13/2 semi final; 9/1 runner up; 9/1 winner

Birmingham Stage of Elimination: 11/10 group stage; 2/1 last 32; 4/1 last 16; 10/1 quarter final; 25/1 semi final; 33/1 runner up; 50/1 winner

2/5 Spurs; 7/1 PAOK Salonika; 10/3 Draw
11/20 Braga; 5/1 Birmingham; 3/1 Draw

Europa League Outright: 9/1 Tottenham; 10/1 PSG; 10/1 Atletico; 14/1 Schalke; 14/1 PSV; 14/1 Stoke; 20/1 Lazio; 20/1 Udinese; 25/1 Braga; 25/1 Twente; 28/1 Fulham; 33/1 BAR

Other Brit sides: 50/1 Birmingham; 100/1 Celtic

Furthest progressing Brit side: 15/8 Tottenham; 2/1 Stoke; 9/4 Fulham; 9/1 Celtic; 10/1 Birmingham

Joe Crilly
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You Bet It’s All Rover For Shamrock Already

Tottenham are 1/10 red-hot favourites to beat Shamrock Rovers in Thursday night’s Europa League and William Hill offer 5/1 that Spurs score five or more goals. Rovers are 6/4 to score at any point during the match and 9/2 to lead during the game.

“Not even our Irish punters are rushing to back the Hoops and are more inclined to think there will be a Shamrock Shambles rather than a Rampant Rovers at White Hart Lane,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Last time round, all three Premier League teams secured draws and Hills are offering 250/1 that all three do so again on Thursday.

Tottenham are the 7/4 favourites to be the British side to progress furthest in the competition while Stoke are 15/8.

William Hill Europa League Odds:

Highest Scoring British Side: 10/11 Tottenham; 7/2 Stoke; 4/1 Celtic; 9/2 Fulham; 8/1 Birmingham (win only, dead heat rules apply)

Will Shamrock Rovers Score: 6/4 yes; 1/2 no

Will Shamrock Rovers Lead at any point: 9/2 yes; 1/8 no;

250/1 Every Premier League side to draw

British side to progress furthest: 7/4 Tottenham; 15/8 Stoke; 5/2 Fulham; 12/1 Celtic; 16/1 Birmingham

Europa League Outright: 8/1 PSG; 11/1 Atletico Madrid; 12/1 Tottenham; 16/1 Sporting Lisbon; 16/1 Udinese; 18/1 Lazio; 20/1 Schalke 04; 20/1 PSV; 20/1 Bilbao; 20/1 Dynamo Kiev; 25/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

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Modric Staying But You Bet Downing Won’t

Aston Villa have stated that Stuart Downing is not for sale although William Hill think that he WILL have gone come the first game of next season, offering 4/6. Liverpool are the main contenders for his signature at 1/4 while Arsenal are 6/1. Luka Modric, however, does not now appear to be on the move, with his odds of leaving Spurs drifting to odds against for the first time since Chelsea lodged their interest (to 5/4). He is now 4/7 to remain at White Hart Lane by at least the first game of next season.

“Both the Spurs and Villa chairmen have come out and stated that their star men are not for sale, but the odds certainly suggest that while that may be true in the case of Modric, it is quite another story for Downing,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Sunderland have been the most active side in the transfer market so far and Hills are betting on where the Black Cats will finish. Despite the additions to their squad, they are 11/8 to finish 9th to 12th. They are 66/1 to finish in the top four and 2/1 to finish in the Europa Cup spots (fifth to eighth). Should Sunderland have a patchy start to the season, Steve Bruce could be out of a job and he is 4/1 to have left by the end of the season and 10/1 to be the first manager to leave his job.

With criticism being directed at Arsenal from all angles, William Hill make them 4/7 to finish in the top four, 5/4 not to. “Arsenal may well be odds on to finish in the top four at the moment, but these odds will drift still further if more star Gunners decamp,” added Crilly.

William Hill Odds:

Stuart Downing next permanent club: 1/4 Liverpool; 6/1 Arsenal; 10/1 Tottenham; 25/1 Sunderland

Stuart Downing to be gone before the 1st day of next season: 4/6 yes; 11/10 no

Luka Modric to be gone before the 1st day of next season: 5/4 yes; 4/7 no

Will Steve Bruce still be at Sunderland by the last game of the season: 1/7 yes; 4/1 no

Sunderland finishing position: 66/1 top four; 2/1 fifth to eight; 11/8 ninth to 12th; 9/4 13-17; 10/1 relegated

Will Arsenal finish in the top four: 4/7 yes; 5/4 no

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

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