We looked at promotion for our local clubs last week (writes Charlie McCann) but we are also betting on relegation for next term and in the Championship the Millers are 9/4 to return to League One after just the one season back in the Championship with Wednesday 9/2.
Blackpool are the 13/8 favourites for the drop having survived by the skin of their teeth last season and I think that is a very big price. Remember the Tangerines topped the Championship in the early stages of last season and, currently, look a club in turmoil.
The Blades remain our 6/1 favourites for the title in League One and they are 2/1 to be promoted to the Championship next term under Nigel Clough.
We don’t envisage relegation being a factor for any of our local League One sides but promotion is another issue. As well as United at 2s, Rovers are 4/1, Barnsley 9/2 and Chesterfield 13/2 to be promoted to the Championship.
Yorkshire are 10/1 at BetVictor for the Nat West T20 Blast ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Old Trafford where they will probably witness the return of Freddie Flintoff to the Lancashire ranks. The 36-year-old former England all-rounder bowled 12 overs for his old Northern League side St Annes last weekend and Flintoff at his very best would be an asset to any T20 side in the world. That said, the Red Rose County have won their last four in the competition and first-team coach Glenn Chapple would not confirm earlier in the week that Fred would be in the side against Yorkshire.
Hampshire remain 4/1 favs for the competition with Surrey and Notts 7s and Lancashire and Essex 8/1. That said we at BetVictor can’t split the sides on Friday and make the pair 10/11. Flintoff, if selected, will be 7/1 to be the top Lancashire batsman. It will be fascinating to see how much ability the England legend still possesses given it is five years since he last played during the 2009 Ashes. Yorkshire are 13/8 to win the County Championship after a third victory of the campaign against Northants earlier in the week a performance that had coach Jason Gillespie purring with delight after Andrew Gale’s side were knocked over for 136 on the first day. Next up in the four-day game is Notts at Headingley on Sunday and it promises to be a cracker with the visitors’ just six points behind in the Championship table.
This time next week the 2014 World Cup will be upon us and England have been nibbled from 33s to 28/1 for the tournament following their 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley last Friday. Brazil’s Neymar is 12/1 favourite to be the tournament’s top scorer.
Daniel Sturridge to be top England goalscorer still looks the wrong price to my eyes.
The Derby remains the most famous flat race in the world and all eyes will be on Australia at Epsom on Saturday when the colt whose sire (Galileo) won the race back in 2001 and whose dam (Ouija Board) won the Oaks in 2004 lines up as the 11/10 favourite. He is certainly bred to win the classic but he wouldn’t want too much rain. I am praying for rain for Battalion (33/1 each way) on Saturday in the Coronation Cup where French raider Cirrus Des Aigles is a warm 6/4 favourite.
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