Sports Betting: No value in Keegan's weakened England

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The Independent Online
EVEN THE most optimistic England supporter would be well advised to steer clear of a patriotic punt on Kevin Keegan's side in tomorrow's friendly against Hungary. Even ignoring the fact that the injury-hit squad only contains two men who have scored for their country (Alan Shearer and Martin Keown), and is light on Gunners and Red Devils, the prices are just too tight. Odds-on away from home? No thanks. A draw is where the value lies if you fancy a wager. In the Premiership, the bookies make Alex Ferguson's men the favourites, but as Arsene Wenger's side already have the points on the table, Arsenal could be worth a few quid while still odds against. Chelsea would appear well out of it, but Blue optimists with money to burn should take 33-1 with William Hill. The rugby league Challenge Cup final betting will be available later this week. Avoid the hot favourites Leeds (likely to be 1-9 or thereabouts) and back the London Broncos in a handicap bet (10-point start). It could be close.

HUNGARY V ENGLAND

C H L S T

Hungary 4-1 7-2 4-1 7-2 7-2

Draw 9-4 9-4 9-4 9-4 9-4

England 8-13 4-6 8-13 4-6 4-6

PREMIERSHIP TITLE

C H L S T

Man Utd 4-6 8-13 8-13 4-7 4-6

Arsenal 6-5 6-5 6-5 11-8 5-4

Chelsea 16-1 33-1 25-1 16-1 16-1

C Coral, H William Hill, L Ladbrokes, S Stanley, T Tote

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