An encouraging start to Euro 2012 for England against France on Monday with a well-deserved point but can the midfield duo of Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard sustain that level of energy and performance given the injury worries over the pair in recent months?
England are 11/10 with BetVictor at the time of writing to beat Sweden who lost their lead and the points against a spirited Ukraine side on Monday evening.
Given the Swedes lost their first match the onus will be on them to make the running against England and that will suit Roy Hodgson’s tactics down to the ground.
England have yet to go a goal behind during the former Liverpool and West Brom manager’s tenure and there must be concern as to what exactly is our Plan B but I think we will have too much for a Sweden team who had their limitations very much exposed by the co-hosts.
Note the Three Lions are still 12/1 to lift the Trophy in Kiev on July 1 with Spain and Germany 3/1 joint favourites.
Sweden are 29/10 to cause what would be a bit of a shock with the draw 23/10; Danny Welbeck put in a shift in Donetsk and is again likely to start up front and the Manchester United striker is 17/2 to score the opener.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was his usual curate’s egg against Ukraine and the talented but enigmatic Milan striker is 15/2 to again open the scoring against the Three Lions. Note Ibrahimovic has now scored in four successive games.
England are 18/1 to win 3-1 at betvictor.com and although I can be accused of mindless optimism I honestly believe we can go on from the draw with Les Bleus given the pressure is on Sweden.
Yorkshire are 5/2 favourites to win Division Two of the County Championship but they embark of their quest for the Friends Life T20 Title at home to Durham on Friday evening and are 20/1 to lift the Trophy.
It is well documented that the Tykes are one of only three counties never to have reached finals day but the Barbados T20 Cup success will have given all at Headingley cause for optimism and this could be their year.
Note this year’s competition sees a change to the group stage format with three geographical groups consisting of the North, Midlands Wales and West and South. The top two from each group and two best third placed sides make up the last eight. This really could be Yorkshire’s year!
England are in ODI action against West Indies at Headingley next Friday but the series starts at Southampton on Saturday with the first in the three match series. England are 8/11 to start off with a win with the Tourists 11/10 and the hosts are 8/13 to come out on top of the series with the West Indies 5/4.
Ian Bell will open the innings and is 7/2 to be top scorer with Alistair Cook 3s and Jonathan Trott 4/1; the loss of Kevin Pietersen is a huge blow and I think the visitors at 5/4 represents the value despite their continued woes at the top of the innings.
We are betting seven places on the US Open which begins today in San Francisco and I really hope this is Lee Westwood’s year.
The Worksop golfer has knocked on the door in Majors in the past, is a wonderful driver of the ball and if he gets the luck you need at the Olympic Club this could be his year.
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