Frank Lampard will have a battle on his hands if he is to keep Chelsea in the top 4 next season if the odds are anything to go by as he was confirmed as the new manager at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Chelsea’s search for Maurizio Sarri’s replacement is officially over after Lampard was unveiled as Roman Abramovich’s latest recruit on a three-year deal, but his first season in charge will be hindered by a transfer embargo placed on the club by world governing body FIFA.
BoyleSports rate Manchester City (1/40), Liverpool (1/10) and Tottenham as heavy odds-on shots to retain places in the top 4 come May next season, but the fourth spot is up for grabs with Manchester United joining Chelsea at 10/11 in what will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge at Old Trafford.
The two former players will meet on the opening Sunday of the new season with Manchester United 23/20 favourites to start with 3 points, while a baptism of fire is predicted for Lampard at 23/10 to set down an early marker for the Blues.
As he become Roman Abramovich’s 13th managerial appointment since taking over the club, the chances of Lampard leaving the job before his first season is over are rated at only 3/1.
The famous Abramovich cheque book will be out of reach for Frank Lampard this summer and the odds are giving him a tough task in his first season in charge.
We’ve even seen some money at 3/1 that he’ll be gone before the season is out
…with plenty of punters already believing that he’ll be the latest through a revolving door at Stamford Bridge.
A savvy Dubliner took an unusual route to a small fortune at the weekend when a wager on football teams from around the world triggered a four-figure cash windfall when the teams all won.
The punter placed a €30 accumulator on 13 teams ranging from Dinamo Minsk (7/10) in Belarus to Bangkok Glass FC (7/10) in Thailand. Other teams included Ha Noi in Vietnam (1/5), Harbin Yiteng (2/11) in China and Flora Tallinn (1/3) in Estonia.
All sides were hot odds-on shots except Umea FC, a Swedish Division 2 side who beat IFK Ostersund 4-1 despite being outsiders at 5/2.
When all the results were in, all 13 selections had delivered the goods and the lucky Dub was able to log in and see their account boosted by a stunning total of €7,047.84.
England’s women’s footballers have sunk into their shortest odds yet to lift the World Cup after an eye-catching quarter-final victory over Norway.
Phil Neville’s side booked themselves a place in the last four with an impressive performance in Le Havre capped off by a stunning strike from Lucy Bronze which sealed a 3-0 victory to set up a tense semi-final on Tuesday.
England have only leaked one goal at the tournament so far and while they fell at the semi-final hurdle four years ago in Canada, they have now been backed into 9/2 from 13/2 with BoyleSports to go all the way this time and claim their first World Cup.
Tournament favourites USA or hosts France now lie in wait for the Lionesses in the semi-final with the former now just 13/8 to successfully defend the title they won four years ago. They started their campaign at 7/2 but have been steadily backed after scoring 20 goals to date, while pre-tournament favourites France are out to 4/1 from an initial showing of 10/3.
Punters so far had been reluctant to pile in on England who look to be on the tough side of the draw, but they’re really coming in their droves now after the Norway performance which was surely their best to date.
We’ve had to cut them into 9/2 from 13/2 as a result and we’re wary now that confidence is really growing in their chances.
Frank Lampard looks on the verge of becoming the new Chelsea manager after Derby County allowed him to speak to the London club about their vacant post.
With Lampard touted for the position over the last number of weeks since the exit of Maurizio Sarri for Juventus, we were forced to suspend the betting following an avalanche of bets on Lampard returning to West London with 1/25 the lowest price before the market was pulled.
Chelsea’s all-time highest goal scorer could aid the club to further success should he return to his old side with their odds closing into 10/11 from Even money to finish in the Top 4 in the Premier League next season.
Chelsea secured their first trophy under Maurizio Sarri last month in a 4-1 victory over Arsenal at the Olympic Stadium in Baku in the first all-English Europa League final since 1972.
We introduced Chelsea at 25/1 for the 2019/20 Champions League and 20/1 for the Premier League but they have since been cut into 18/1.
The former England midfielder, who guided Derby County to the Championship play-off final in his first season in charge at Pride Park, is expected to be imminently confirmed as the Blues’ new manager with Roy Keane now priced at 11/2 to take over from Lampard.
Garry Monk is the early favourite to return to Premier League management at Newcastle United after it was confirmed on Monday that Rafa Benitez would be leaving the club.
The Spaniard spent three years in the St James’ Park hotseat, but the Magpies released a statement on Monday confirming that the former Liverpool boss would vacate his role when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Monk recently left his post as Birmingham City manager
and is the early 9/2 favourite to succeed Benitez.
Two former Arsenal midfielders find themselves in the mix with Mikel Arteta, who formed part of the backroom team that led Manchester City to their second consecutive Premier League, the 8/1 fourth favourite. Patrick Vieira is 11/1 having led Nice to a 7th place finish in Ligue 1 last season.
Two former Manchester United managers are also on the list of potential successors. David Moyes at 12/1 may prove a controversial appointment with a previous stint at Sunderland on his CV, while Jose Mourinho is already into 13/2 second favourite from 12/1 to make his return to the dugout in the North-East.
With news this morning that Roy Keane stepped down from his role as Assistant Manager of Nottingham Forest, we ponder what his next job might be.
He’ll probably spend the next while driving the absolute sh*te out of a Forest club car, but there’ll come a time when he has to plot his next move.
No reason has been given yet for his departure, but he shouldn’t be out of work for long. We’ve chosen professions that shouldn’t be too time-consuming but still keep him busy.
Boyband Tribute Act
Keane displayed a surprising interest in music in his last autobiography, slamming Sunderland players who insisted on playing Abba’s “Dancing Queen” as their pre-match tune.
He was quoted as saying he’s “hardly One Direction” but he’s about the same age as Take That, and with Jason Orange no longer with the band there may be an opening for the likes of Keane to step in.
However, he’s always been his own man so would probably prefer forming a tribute act, perhaps named Take That You C**t, in honour of his infamous taunt at Alf-Inge Haaland.
Keane’s beloved dog Trigger may have passed away in 2012 but the star’s work with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind displays his unrelenting love for canines.
Keane is also obviously fond of going walkies, having deserted the Irish World Cup squad in Saipan and now has left Forest in the lurch. However, his time as Martin O’Neill’s assistant may prove a stumbling block for this new career – as their sides have displayed an inability to hold on to leads.
Keane often treated football as a full-contact combat sport so should have no problem adjusting to the striking and grappling techniques of mixed martial arts.
Conor McGregor has proved that a successful MMA fighter requires a huge ego and trademark beard – two characteristics that Keane has cultivated very successfully in the past.
Amateur bouts against the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Patrick Vieira and autograph-hunters will have prepared him well for the transition from NFFC to UFC.
As a player, Keane certainly put in the miles on the pitch, and the same could be said off-field. He “drove some f**king miles” in his Manchester United club car months after he’d left Old Trafford and has travelled the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland promoting his various autobiographies.
He’d have no problem adjusting to the role of a delivery man, having developed empathy with potential clients throughout his career. Need training kit delivered to a Japanese island? No problem. Need a van-load of prawn sandwiches delivered to a corporate box? No problem. Need a scathing verdict on Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as United delivered bitterly? No problem.
In John Steinbeck’s novel “The Pearl”, the central character is a poor young fisherman called Kino who finds fame and fortune but makes plenty of enemies along the way. He also values loyalty and hard work above anything else. Sound familiar?
The sometimes solitary life of a fisherman would suit Keane down to the ground, battling in a harsh environment for very little reward whilst sporting a bushy-bearded unkempt look. Sort of like his time in management. Although his misfiring players have had difficulty getting anything into a net.
It’ll be all change at Birmingham City this season with new sponsors BoyleSports on board and a new manager set to take the reins after Garry Monk left the club this week.
They are 7/2 to begin their campaign with a victory after being paired away to Brentford on the opening day of the season on August 3rd with the home side a short 4/5. The Blues first home game at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium will be on August 10th against Bristol City.
Birmingham will be aiming to get promoted to the Premier League with BoyleSports making them 8/1 from 10/1 to achieve promotion having finished 17th last season. They are 33/1 to win the Championship for the first time and with their biggest rivals Aston Villa having gained promotion last season, the Blues’ determination will be even greater with a new manager behind them.
Birmingham are 16/1 for a Top 2 finish in the Championship. A Top 6 finish can be backed at 9/2 while it’s 7/1 for The Blues to be in the playoffs.
We are delighted to be associated with Birmingham City Football Club and we are looking forward to the start of their Championship campaign in the season ahead.
BoyleSports make Birmingham 33/1 for outright glory and 8/1 from 10/1 to be promoted to the Premier League.
Frank Lampard’s prospects of becoming the new manager at Chelsea look to be stronger than ever after betting was suspended on him making the step up to Premier League management in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
The former England midfielder, who guided Derby County to the Championship play-off final in his first season in charge at Pride Park, is widely believed to be the Blues’ first choice as manager following confirmation of Maurizio Sarri’s exit to take over at Juventus at the weekend.
Lampard was already a red hot 1/16 favourite for the job at the weekend but closed into 1/25
…as reports emerged that he was set for talks with his former club where he won three Premier League titles.
We then pulled the next Chelsea manager market on Tuesday after bets continued to pile in on Lampard being Roman Abramovich’s latest appointment after his latest recruit lasted only one season having swapped Naples for West London.
Former Juventus boss Max Allegri was a 10/1 second favourite but looked an unlikely appointment after suggesting he would take a one year break from the game, while a third stint in the Chelsea dugout for Jose Mourinho was a 16/1 shot.
Last year’s top two in the Premier League are odds-on to begin next season where they left off by starting their 2019/20 campaigns with victories after learning their opening day opponents.
We make it just 1/2 that both Liverpool and Manchester City begin with victories after they paired with Norwich and West Ham respectively when the opening day fixtures for the new season were released on Thursday morning.
Norwich face odds of 14/1 to return to the top flight with a victory at Anfield on Friday 9th August, while West Ham are 15/2 to put an early dent in Pep Guardiola’s bid for a Premier League hat-trick in the early kick-off on Saturday.
The standout fixture sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season in charge at Old Trafford begin with the Super Sunday visit of Chelsea and
the Red Devils are 5/4 to strike an early marker as they bid to improve on last season’s 6th place finish.
Manchester City are the 4/6 favourites to win their third consecutive Premier League trophy with Liverpool second favourites at 5/2 to end their long title drought, while Manchester United find themselves out at 25/1 to win their first title in the post-Alex Ferguson era.
At the other end, the three promoted sides are in most danger of the drop with Sheffield United (4/6) and Norwich (10/11) both odds on to go straight back down to the Championship, while Aston Villa are just 7/4 for a short lived return to the top flight.
The outright market is already favouring Man City as 4/6 favourites to do it again, but one of the headlines is their neighbours Manchester United, who at 25/1 find themselves starting the season with their biggest price since the Premier League began.