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View from the Press Room: The Weekend Preview

It’s a quick turnaround in the Premier League and Championship following the midweek matches. Let’s take a look at everything that’s happening in the world of football and beyond. 

Let’s start in the Midlands where Ruben Amorim has leapfrogged the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Unai Emery and Thomas Tuchel to become the firm favourite to take over from Steven Gerrard in the Aston Villa dugout.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “It wasn’t a surprise to see Gerrard leave Villa after another poor showing. What was a surprise was the likes of Pochettino and Tuchel being linked with the post.

“There were only a few nibbles at short prices on that top quality pair, while the likes of Dyche and Frank have had their supporters. However, once the reports of interest in Sporting coach Ruben Amorim came to light, his supporters were rushing to take the double figure prices before the market settled at Evens.”

*Prices correct at time of publishing.

Also leaving, but only down the tunnel and out of the stadium, is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese star has been left out of Manchester United’s squad for the weekend’s game against Chelsea following his refusal to come on as substitute against Tottenham. Ronaldo then stormed down the tunnel, and reportedly left Old Trafford before full-time.

Could this be the end of CR7’s time in England? Check out all Manchester Utd and World Cup betting.

*Prices correct at time of publishing.

It’s also a rapid turnaround for the next round of the 6 Scores Challenge.

Three customers correctly predicted five correct scores out of six in bet365’s first midweek 6 Scores Challenge to bag themselves the £1,000 consolation prize – with two just a goal away from landing the £1,000,000 jackpot.

More than 100 players correctly predicted five out of six last weekend, with the jackpot again nearly claimed in midweek.

The free-to-play game was introduced at the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season and provides football fans with an opportunity to win cash prizes if they are able to predict the scores from six pre-selected matches each week, with the jackpot boosted from £250,000 to £1,000,000 throughout August and remaining in place until it is won.

Steve Freeth reported: “We’ve had some surprising results in the first couple of months of the season, including Liverpool 9-0 Bournemouth – which was predicted by three players – and Manchester City 6-3 Manchester United – which remarkably was predicted by 10! – but people have been knocking on the door in recent weeks. 

“Players receive prizes for correctly predicting three, four or five correct scores, with a record consolation prize total of £415,000 being shared by more than 25,000 players last weekend.

“It’s also the second game-week running where players have had five out of six, and we seem to be getting closer to the £1,000,000 being claimed.”

View this week’s predictions from Sam and Steve

Midweek review as three players scoop the main consolation prize

And finally, back to those departing their roles. That brings us to Downing Street.

Liz Truss resigned as Prime Minister on Thursday after just 44 days in charge, with Rishi Sunak priced at 8/11 to be the Next Conservative Leader, with a general election in 2023 cut to 9/4.

The last few weeks have seen spiralling interest rates following September’s mini-budget triggering severe market volatility. 

Such was the impact on the financial markets – and the opinion polling – the futures of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, despite having spent less than two months in their respective jobs, were heavily called into question.

The big story though, could be the return of Boris Johnson. The odds on him becoming the next Conservative Leader, and therefore Prime Minister, have plummeted from 16/1 on Thursday to 11/8 on Friday. 

The former PM has attracted a lot of support, both from bettors and Tory MPs, how will the odds look after the weekend?

View the full article following Liz Truss’s resignation

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Prices correct at time of publishing.

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