The good news for Packer backers is the home side are firm favourites for tonight. Hills ask them to give up 61/2 points in order to quote both teams at 5-6, while Ladbrokes make it even-money the 49ers, 8-11 Green Bay, with the visitors allowed just a 31/2-point start.
The book has already closed on San Francisco winning the NFC West, while Green Bay are as short as 2-7 for the Central, but at stake tonight is more than mere psychological advantage in the post-season. The winners will become firm favourites to claim home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, which for Green Bay in particular would be a huge bonus. Neither the Californian 49ers nor the dome-based Dallas Cowboys would enjoy a trip to Wisconsin in the bitter dead of winter. It will be a huge incentive for the Packers, who can beat Coral's 51/2-point handicap at 5-6 and, in the process, advance to the head of the Super Bowl betting.
Manchester United are clear favourites at 11-10 to win the Premiership for the third time in four years after Saturday's 1-0 defeat of Liverpool. United are two points adrift of the new leaders Newcastle.
Both sides are in action in Europe this week: Newcastle travel to Hungary 24 hours before United make the trip they have been dreading all season, to Fenerbahce in Turkey.
PREMIERSHIP (William Hill): 11-10 Manchester United; 5-2 Liverpool, Newcastle; 14-1 Arsenal; 16-1 Chelsea; 40-1 bar.
SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (Hills): 5-4 Damon Hill; 7-4 Steve Redgrave; 2-1 Frankie Dettori; 16-1 Tim Henman; 33-1 Alan Shearer.Reuse content