10/3 betting odds on a hat trick
England are 10/3 to win their next three matches - the friendly
against Czech Rep; and the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra
and Croatia - with William Hill, who make them 1/4 to qualify
for the World Cup Finals (11/4 not to), 5/6 to win their Group,
and 11/1 to win the tournament.
With Fabio Capello suggesting that England are on a par with
Spain, Hills offer 6/5 that England will do better than Spain in
the World Cup, with the Euro 08 winners 8/13 to outdo England
and 13/2 third favourites behind 5/1 shots Argentina and Brazil,
to win it.
William Hill have closed their book on
who will be appointed as Fabio Capello's permanent England
skipper after he revealed he will announce his appointment next
week. Hills had made John Terry 11/10 favourite, with Rio
Ferdinand at 7/4 and also offered 9/2 Gerrard; 14/1 Barry; 16/1
Beckham; 40/1 Lampard; Owen; Rooney. 'Terry was favourite when
we closed the book, but punters were far from unanimous that he
will get the job and it would be no surprise should either
Ferdinand or Gerrard be handed the armband' said Hill's
spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Which will be the first Prem boss to go?
Alan Curbishley is 11/2 favourite to be the first Premiership
manager to leave his club this season with William Hill who also
offer 13/2 Keegan; 7/1 Megson; 8/1 Hughes; 10/1Ince; 12/1
Benitez; Hodgson; Moyes; Pulis; Southgate; 16/1 Brown;
20/1Mowbray; Redknapp. 'Considering that we have yet to see a
ball kicked in anger this has proved a remarkably lively market,
with doubts over the likes of newly appointed bosses like Mark
Hughes and Paul Ince, while established names like Curbishley,
Benitez and Keegan also find themselves the subject of continued
speculation' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Arsenal Favourites To Remain Unbeaten
Longest. The British online sportsbooks have opened a book on
which of the Big 4 will remain unbeaten for the longest period
from the start of the season - and are also offering prices for
all four to remain unbeaten for the entire season. "Arsenal have
the best-looking early fixtures, and are the favourites to
remain unbeaten the longest; but they are 16/1 to emulate their
own achievement of going through the league campaign unbeaten"
said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Which of Big Four will be Prem top scorers? With his
strike-force looking a little problematic for Sir Alex Ferguson,
William Hill are offering 7/1 that he will draft Thierry Henry
into his side before the transfer window closes, but make United
11/8 favourites to outscore their 'Big Four' rivals - offering
2/1 that Arsenal score most of the four with Chelsea at 3/1 and
Liverpool 11/2. Hills offer 5/6 that United score 80 or more
league goals; 5/6 less. They offer 5/6 that Chelsea will score
69 or more; 5/6 68 or fewer; Arsenal are 5/6 with Hills to score
72 or more, 5/6 71 or fewer; while Hills make Liverpool 5/6 to
score 65 or more, 5/6 64 or fewer.
Which Prem boss will be first to see
red? With a clamp-down on discipline expected this season,
William Hill have opened a book on which Premier League boss
will be the first to be sent from the dug-out during a Premier
League game this season and have installed Stoke City's Tony
Pulis as 9/1 favourite to be the first to see red. Hills make
Paul Ince and Steve Bruce 10/1joint second favourites and also
offer 11/1 Phil Brown; Roy Keane; Gary Megson; 14/1 Martin
O'Neill; Felipe Scolari; 16/1 Alan Curbishley;Alex Ferguson;
Mark Hughes; Kevin Keegan; David Moyes; 20/1 Roy Hodgson; Tony
Mowbray; Harry Redknapp; Gareth Southgate 25/1 Rafa Benitez;
Arsene Wenger; 40/1Juande Ramos.