The Owls remain 25/1 for the Championship at BetVictor with the start of the new domestic football season; we are already betting on Wednesday’s first game of the new league season and their trip to Pride Park with the Rams 5/4 favourites to take all three points with the Owls 9/4 and the draw at 23/10.
Leicester are 7/1 favourites for the title and 2/1 to be promoted; we are the biggest price on the Owls to be promoted at 8s in what looks a wide open division with no outstanding team.
For Blades fans, Wednesday are 9/1 to be relegated with Barnsley 13/8 favourites for the drop next term from the Championship.
Sheffield United are 11/2 to win League One with MK Dons (8s) and Swindon (9s) their biggest rivals in our opinion; promotion is essential for the Blades next term and they are 7/4 to be playing in the Championship in 2012/13 season.
Danny Wilson will be looking for a fast start and a home game with Shrewsbury next month should grant his wishes; we bet 8/15 Blades to tame the Shrews who are 11/2 with the draw at 16/5.
The two best Test sides in the world will, weather permitting, start their eagerly awaited 3 Test Series at the Oval on Thursday and England are a confident selection to get the better of a talented but undercooked South Africa.
England are Even money at BetVictor to win the Series and that looks fair enough given the excellent home form they have showed this “summer” to date. Steven Finn is unlikely to make his way into the starting XI after a magnificent ODI series against Australia but that just shows the strength in depth of English fast bowling at present with Tim Bresnan likely to get the nod alongside the world-class partnership of Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
Alistair Cook is 7/2 favourite to score most English runs in the Series but one of these days he’s going to start nicking behind the wicket instead of playing and missing; Captain Andrew Strauss is 9/2, but it’s Ian Bell who is the recommendation at 11/2 to finish as top run scorer in the Series for England.
It is well documented that Bell struggled to come to terms with international cricket initially, but Chairman of selectors Geoff Miller and coach Andy Flower recognised his class and he is beginning to repay their faith.
Rain is forecast for the 1st Test in London and the draw is 5/4 with England 7/4 and South Africa 11/4; we have a number of Series match bets and the two that interest me are Stuart Broad to take more wickets than Morne Morkel at 10/11 and Hashim Amla at 4/5 to score more runs than Alistair Cook at 4/5.
The Open Championship begins today . Tiger Woods is 9/1 favourite with Lee Westwood 16s and 20/1 Bar. Many have taken advantage of our offer of refunding losing stakes on the outright market if Westwood, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter or Sergio Garcia wins their first Major on the Fylde coast at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Dual world champion Sebastian Vettel has never won his home GP but he has the opportunity to gain a first win in the German Grand Prix on Sunday; Fernando Alonso remains our 15/8 favourite for the Drivers’ Championship and is 5/1 to win with Vettel 5/2, Lewis Hamilton 11/2 and Silverstone winner mark Webber 6s. One day Lotus will have a trouble-free run and I like the 12s for Kimi Raikkonen and 18s for Romain Grosjean.