Wales 11/10 for more Six Nations glory as the English come to Town

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England remain 7/1 shots for the 2010 World Cup but how they can be the same price as Spain is beyond me after events in Seville midweek. Brazil head the market at 9/2 from Argentina at 5s but the Spanish look to have improved again since their victory in last summer’s European Championships and 7/1 looks too big to me.

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We know David Moyes will field his strongest XI when Villa travel to Goodison Park in the 5th round of the FA Cup but Martin O’Neill is likely to rest one or two key players and that might be the deciding factor in what promises to be an intriguing game. Everton are 11/8 favourites, Villa at 2/1 and the draw is 9/4. The Old Lady will be rocking on Sunday that’s for sure and with Villa’s excellent away support it promises to be a great occasion.

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We have seen a steady stream of money for Martin O’Neill to be Manager of the Year but he remains a 5/1 chance with Sir Alex Ferguson remaining the 1/3 favourite. If O’Neill can get Villa into the Champions League and to one Major Cup Final then surely his will be the greater achievement and I know at the current odds which one I would favour.

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Manager Of The Season 2008/09:

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  • Sir Alex Ferguson 1/3
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  • Martin O’Neill 5/1
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  • R Benitez 6/1
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  • D Moyes 50/1
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  • A Wenger 80/1
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  • R Hodgson 100/1
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  • Any other 200/1
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Birmingham City somehow remain only 9/2 to win the Championship after another indifferent performance at home to Burnley last week. Reading are the 6/5 favourites from the stuttering Wolves at 6/4 and Cardiff at 6/1. Blues are 8/11 to return to winning ways against Forest this afternoon with the visitors 7/2 and the draw 9/4. The athletic but limited Djimi Traore has been brought in as defensive cover midweek and I always felt when he played left-back for Liverpool he would make a decent centre back one day.

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Wales are 11/10 favourites for the Rugby Six Nations following their assured performance in Scotland last weekend. They are ¼ to beat an England side in Cardiff this evening who can only improve on what was a quite dreadful performance against Italy last weekend. England are 3/1 with the draw at 20/1. On the handicap England are 10/11 getting a 10 point start with Wales the same price giving up a 10 point start.

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Anyone feeling particularly optimistic or patriotic may want to avail themselves to the 16/1 available on an English Grand Slam. Wales are 3/1 to perform the feat with Ireland 4/1 and No Grand Slam winner the 4/6 favourite.

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Six Nations 2009 Outright prices:

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  • Wales 11/10
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  • Ireland 2/1
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  • France 5/1
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  • England 13/2
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  • Scotland 50/1
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  • Italy 500/1
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Enhanced Match Price Treble

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  • 8-13 (from 4/7) France, Wales & Ireland to all win
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Three Home Handicap Winners

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  • 7/1 (from 6/1) France -15, Wales -10 & Italy +14 to all win
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Three Away Handicap Winners

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  • 7/1 (from 6/1) Scotland +15, England +10 & Ireland -14 to all win
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Favourites Enhanced Handicap Treble

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  • 7/1 (from 6/1) France -15, Wales -10 & Ireland -14 To All Win
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Rags Enhanced Handicap Treble

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  • 7/1 (from 6/1) Scotland +15, England +10 & Italy +14 To All Win
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Six Nations Week 2 Specials

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Half With The Most Points In This Weekends Six Nations

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  • 9-2 France V Scotland 1st Half
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  • 9-2 France V Scotland 2nd Half
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  • 5 Wales V England 1st Half
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  • 9-2 Wales V England 2nd Half
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  • 9-2 Italy V Ireland 1st Half
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  • 4 Italy V Ireland 2nd Half
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Match Most Points

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  • 7-4 France v Scotland
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  • 15-8 Wales v England
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  • 13-8 Italy v Ireland
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Match Most Tries

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  • 7-4 France v Scotland
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  • 2 Wales v England
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  • 6-4 Italy v Ireland
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Total Weekend Points

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  • 7-4 Under 120
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  • 7-4 120 - 134
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  • 7-4 Over 134
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Total Weekend Tries

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  • 9-4 Under 11
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  • 7-4 11 - 13
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  • 11-8 Over 13
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The NBA All-Star weekend is one of the highlights of the US basketball season and we make Kobe Bryant the 4/1 favourite to win the Most Valuable Player award in Sunday night’s game between the best of the Eastern and Western Conferences. We have seen plenty of money for Amare Stoudemire at 7/1 and with the game being played in Phoenix coach Phil Jackson may well wish to give the local player more court time. I fancy the East, however, and the Miami Heat’s superstar Dwayne Wade looks overpriced at 8/1.

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NBA All-Star game Sunday night. Who will be the game’s MVP?

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  • K Bryant 4/1
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  • L James 9/2
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  • D Howard 6/1
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  • A Stoudemire 7/1
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  • D Wade 8/1
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  • C Paul 8/1
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  • A Iverson 8/1
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  • 16/1 bar.
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I was at the Lunch with the great and the good of the horseracing world for the announcement of the weights for the 2009 Grand National in London midweek and I think trainer Paul Nicholls has a very strong hand despite the defection of last year’s Gold Cup winner Denman. Statisticians will tell you that French breds never win the National but the hope is that My Will doesn’t look at his birth certificate on the way to Aintree as he looks very well handicapped on his best form.

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I was fortunate enough to have quick word with owner Andy Stewart and it would be fair to say he felt he had been given a realistic weight with a horse who will have only one run (possibly in the Gold Cup) before the Big One in April.

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I’ve always been a fan of Carruthers and hope he can land the opener on a largely disappointing card at Ascot today whilst at Haydock Carnival Town looks overpriced at 25/1 in the feature event and can reward each way support.

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Be lucky

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Charlie