Man United 40/1 to win no more silverware this season

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I'm reliably informed by my mate Rob McCaffrey (ex Sky Sports but now presents the Premier League coverage on Star Sports throughout the Middle East from Dubai) that the Villa (and Pompey) boys will be met with beautiful sunshine on their break in the United Arab Emirates.

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As Gareth Barry so rightly said, as he made the difficult decision as to how many wedges to pack, Villa face ten Cup Finals on their return from their break in the sun. Villa are now 5/6 with to qualify for the Champions League (5/6 not to qualify) but, with trips to Anfield and Old Trafford on the horizon, they must arrest their current slump against Spurs next weekend.

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Meanwhile Manchester United go marching on at the top of the Premier League but how many Trophies will they actually win this season? They already have the Carling Cup and World Club Championship in the Cabinet but can they win the lot? They are 10/1 with Stan James to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League but that will look big if they get past both Inter and Fulham in the next week.

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What will Manchester United win between now and the end of the season?

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  • Premier League and the FA Cup 7/4
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  • Premier League & Champions League 19/4
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  • FA Cup & Champions League 8/1
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  • Premier League, FA Cup & Champions League 10/1
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  • To win no more Trophies this season 40/1
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Blues got back on track against promotion rivals Bristol City midweek a timely success given their main rivals Reading and Wolves had excellent away wins at Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace respectively. If you fancy all three to win again this afternoon (Blues home to Southampton, Reading at Plymouth and Wolves at Sheffield Wednesday) Stan James are offering an enhanced 10/1.

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Southampton visit St Andrew's in their best form of the season having won their last three including an emphatic victory at Portman Road on Tuesday evening. Despite this renaissance Soton remain in the bottom three and Blues are 8/11 to maintain their automatic push this afternoon with Saints 7/2 and the draw at 12/5.

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Wolves are 6/4 to emulate Reading's success at Hillsborough with the Owls 8/5 and the draw 11/5. Reading are 6/5 to gain back-to-back away wins with Plymouth 2/1 and the draw 11/5.

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Sergio Garcia (-3) was our 10/3 favourite for the Honda Classic ahead of last night's second round with first round club-house leader Robert Allenby (-4) 5/1. Brilliant young Irishman Rory McIlroy is four back after a level par round of 70 and is now 16/1 with Stan James. After his win in Dubai earlier in the year (no Villa player made the cut!) it would be another massive step forward in his burgeoning career if McIlroy were to win in the States and it is likely to be sooner rather than later. He drove the ball over 380 yards in the Arizona desert last week and is one of the most exciting young sportsmen in the world.

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We have been out to get the Australian cricket team all winter but after their victory in the 1st Test in Johannesburg we have been forced to cut the Baggy Greens to win the Ashes Series from Even money to 10/11. England are out to 13/8 from 6/4 with a drawn series at 4/1. England need Andrew Flintoff fit and well if we are to have any chance and our attack has looked weak in the Caribbean of late.

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After all the waiting the Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us. I was fortunate enough to share a stage with Champion trainer Paul Nicholls in London on Wednesday evening and there is no doubt that he thinks Kauto Star (15/8 with Stan James) will become the first horse in Cheltenham history to regain the Gold Cup.

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Tomorrow's racing lacks next week's quality but there are a couple of very interesting races at Sandown Park. Keki Buku and Bakbenscher are horses from top class yards that I have been waiting to run for some time. Like London buses they are both reappearing on the same day and unfortunately in the same race. I am likely to have a little bit on both.

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In the Imperial Cup European Dream is owned in partnership by, amongst others, Hull boss Phil Brown although softer ground would have suited. I wonder if Villa's European Dreams are being reawakened out in Dubai? I do hope Gareth remembered to pack the 60 degree wedge!

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Be lucky

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Charlie