Where’s Wally? At the Lane soon?

West Ham United manager Avram Grant (second from right) on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 26, 2010. See PA story SOCCER Fulham. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
West Ham United manager Avram Grant (second from right) on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 26, 2010. See PA story SOCCER Fulham. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
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Another week, another new favourite at BetVictor for the vacant Sheffield United position and Wally Downes is now 5/4 market leader with Robert Page out to 2/1 having been as short as 1/3 last weekend.

Former Blackburn Rovers boss Michael Appleton is 4/1 and been the best backed in recent days and it is 33/1 Bar those three.

We have a market for the three local clubs in the Championship and whether they will finish in the top half (12) or bottom half in the table next season and bet:

Bottom Half

Doncaster R 1/20,Barnsley 1/12

Sheff Wed 1/7, Leeds 4/6

Top Half

Doncaster R 8/1, Barnsley 6/1

Sheff Wed 4/1, Leeds 1/2

The ICC Champions Trophy begins with a magnificent game today between two of the tournament favourites in India and South Africa in Cardiff; that said when you have a competition so wide-open it is daft to talk about favourites as New Zealand are the outsiders of the eight strong field and they have walloped hosts England in the first two of their three-match ODI series.

The eight nations are split into two groups with England playing Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand; the winners of the group will play the runners up from India, Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa and finding a favourite let alone picking the winner is very difficult.

Conditions will surely play a key part in the outcome; if the sun shines I can see India and their powerful batting line up taking the honours. They chased down 334 against Sri Lanka in a warm up game at the weekend and at 13/2 with BetVictor look the value. Yes, they don’t have the firepower with the ball that other sides possess but with South Africa’s Dale Steyn struggling with a side strain and doubts about the fitness of England’s Stuart Broad and Steven Finn I take India in what promises to be a terrific tournament. We will refund losing stakes up to a maximum of £25 on the outright market placed pre-event if your selection fails to make it past the group stages, So, if you back England for example and they don’t make it into the semi-finals you will have a free bet on either the semi or the final.

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