Chelsea’s Captain Fantastic 14/1 For England Armband
Frank Lampard captained 10 man Chelsea to the Champions League Final against Barcelona and William Hill make him 14/1 to wear the armband for England's first game of the European Championships. However, Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker are the 5/4 joint favourites for the captaincy.
Harry Redknapp is the 1/4 red hot favourite to be named as the next permanent England manager but it is less clear when the FA will announce the appointment of their chosen man. William Hill make it 1/3 that the new manager will take his first press conference between the end of the Premier League and England's first game at the Euros.
"Redknapp is the red hot favourite for the England job as far as our punters are concerned but no one quite knows when the appointment will be made," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
Chelsea fantastically drew with Barcelona with ten men and William Hill make the Blues 7/4 to lift the trophy. With John Terry getting sent off and going 2-0 down, the Blues were as long as 20/1 to qualify from the tie. The mastermind behind the victory, Roberto Di Matteo, is in to 4/5 from 7/4 to become the next permanent Chelsea boss. Chelsea will be up against it in the Final having four players ruled out by suspension but Hills make Michael Essien 1/2, Bosingwa 1/5 and Torres 2/1 to start in Munich.
Barcelona have now failed to win three games in a row, almost unheard of and Hills make Guardiola 5/6 to have left his position by the time the 2012/13 season kicks off.
Aston Villa lost on Tuesday to Bolton and William Hill make Alex McLeish 9/2 to have left Villa Park by the start of next season.
Who will captain England for the first game of the European Championships: 5/4 Steven Gerrard; 5/4 Scott Parker; 8/1 Joe Hart; 14/1 Frank Lampard; 33/1 Rio Ferdinand; 33/1 Gareth Barry
*If captain for this game is John Terry then all bets are void
When will Fabio Capello's permanent replacement have their first official press conference as England manager: 10/3 before the end of the Premier League season; 1/3 between the end of the Premier League season and England's first game; 20/1 during Euro 2012; 9/2 after Euro 2012
Chelsea players to be there next season:
Lampard: 4/7 yes; 5/4 no
Drogba: 11/10 yes; 4/6 no
Terry: 1/5 yes; 10/3 no
A Cole: 1/7 yes; 4/1 no
Torres: 8/15 yes; 11/8 no
Chelsea players to start the Champions League Final:
Essien: 8/11 yes; Evs no
Torres: 2/1 yes; 4/11 no
Malouda: 2/1 yes; 4/11 no
Sturridge 5/2 yes; 2/7 no
Bosingwa: 1/5 yes; 10/3 no
Drogba: 1/3 yes; 9/4 no
Will Guardiola be at Barca at the start of next season: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no
Who will name the England Euros squad: 13/8 Stuart Pearce; 4/9 someone else
Alex McLeish manager of Villa on the first day of next season: 1/8 yes; 9/2 no