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Soccer – Saunders takes on Wolves job
Dean Saunders has taken charge at Championship strugglers Wolves, with the Molineux club 12/1 at bet365 to be relegated for the second successive season. Saunders has been called on after guiding Doncaster Rovers to second place in League One, with Wolves having shown former boss Stale Solbakken the door after a matter of months in charge. The final straw for the Molineux board was a 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat at non-league Luton Town, with Solbakken upset that he was not given more time to put things right. He told Sky Sports: “I am not a bitter person but, obviously, I think it was the wrong decision. But it’s the name of the game and I sincerely hope Wolves can climb the table and be successful.” Saunders’ first game in charge comes on Friday evening when Wolves play host to Blackburn Rovers, who are still under the charge of caretaker manager Gary Bowyer, after sacking Solbakken’s fellow Norwegian Henning Berg earlier in the season.
Soccer – Lampard exit a certainty
Frank Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner is adamant that his client will be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, with a new contract not on the table. The 34-year-old England international has spent more than a decade at Stamford Bridge, but appears to be on his way out, with his current deal running out in the summer. Kutner told the Daily Mirror: “Chelsea executives told Frank in Japan during the Club World Cup, then again reconfirmed with me after the Everton victory, that in no circumstances will he be offered a new contract to stay at the club after the end of this season. Nothing since has changed in any respect.” Chelsea are still in the hunt for Premier League and FA Cup glory, while the reigning European champions have dropped down into the Europa League after failing to make it past the group stages. The Blues are 13/2 with bet365 to win the Europa League this season, with Liverpool 18/1 and Newcastle United 33/1.
Cricket – Saker challenges England attack
Making early breakthroughs will be vital if England are to win the one-day series in India, according to their Australian bowling coach David Saker. The tourists are 11/8 with bet365 to win their first ODI series in India since 1984/85. With Saker taking heart and some pointers from Pakistan’s recent 2-1 success, over their subcontinent rivals. Saker told reporters: “We need wickets up front, that is really important. I think Pakistan showed that in the ODI series they’ve just had. If you can get wickets with the new ball, you are going to put a lot of pressure on the Indian team. As a bowler, whether you are a spin bowler or fast bowler, your job is to get wickets.” England’s task will be made all the more difficult after they opted to rest pace spearhead James Anderson and first-choice spinner, Graeme Swann for the series.