ENGLAND have confirmed their 23-man squad for Euro 2012 and for the first time we have seen some support for the Three Lions in our outright market at 12/1, say BetVictor
You will get your money back with BetVictor if holders Spain retain their trophy and they must have every chance despite the fact that they are likely to find goals hard to come by.
Roy Hodgson’s squad are ½ to beat Belgium in a 90,000 sell out at Wembley on Saturday (2 June) and whatever the result that is the wrong price.
Everyone wants to play at Wembley and Belgium are likely to include new Chelsea signing Eden Hazard, Everton’s Marouane Fellaini, Manchester City’s skipper Vincent Kompany, Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen.
They are a young fast-improving side and will want to put on a show at the home of football and the 6/1 at betvictor.com is too big - back Belgium is the shout.
Hazard is 14/1 to score first and with 20 goals for Lille in the French League this term he is obviously more than just a playmaker, although it should be noted that with 16 assists he was also the player with most assists in Ligue 1 last campaign.
At the time of writing the football manager merry go round is in full swing with Brighton boss Gus Poyet 25s to be the next manager of Aston Villa and 14/1 to takeover at Wigan Athletic given Roberto Martinez is now thought likely to take over at Villa Park .
The Epsom Derby is the sporting highlight of this Diamond Jubilee weekend and whilst Her Majesty the Queen will not have a fancied runner in the big race she will be in attendance to watch last month’s 2000 Guineas winner Camelot trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien bid to maintain his unbeaten record.
A very impressive winner of the Racing Post Trophy on his second juvenile start Camelot was sent off an uneasy 15/8 market leader at Newmarket on his reappearance and you sensed connections felt if the colt was going to be vulnerable first time out over a mile was the time.
Bred to be suited by the step up in trip on Saturday it is difficult to see the colt not extending his winning run to four, given he has the best form on offer going into the race and looks sure to make up into a top class middle-distance colt.
As with Sea The Stars a couple of years ago the colts’ class saw him through over a mile but whereas the John Oxx-trained star went off 11/4 for the Derby Camelot will start at odds on and it is possible that he will be a very prohibitive price.
That said he really ought to win but what of the British challenge?
Clare Balding will be presenting for BBC Television for the final time, given the race will be shown by Channel 4 in 2013, and her brother Andrew will saddle recent Dante winner Bonfire who might give the favourite most to think about.
Bonfire was just touched off in a French Group 1 as a juvenile and on a line through winner French Fifteen has a bit to find with Camelot on Guineas running, but he stuck to his task well on the Knavesmire and there should be more to come from a horse who, similar to Camelot, has only had three career starts to date.
Saturday’s other Group 1 feature is the Coronation Cup and I am convinced Beaten Up failed to give his running at Meydan in the Sheema Classic last time, having pulled too hard in a slowly run race; he has a bit to find with likely short-priced favourite St Nicholas Abbey but there will be plenty of pace this time and Beaten Up can cause a shock.
Do watch out for horses owned by Her Majesty over the Golden Jubilee period; Michael Bell is due to saddle Set To Music in the Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock; the filly must have every chance on last season’s form and the significance of the weekend will not be lost on either the owner or her trainers who are sure to have the horses primed for the occasion.
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