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THE Premiership title race may have been decided but there's still plenty of football for punters to get excited about.

In the relegation battle, Sheffield United are 7/1 (Stan James) to go down, West Ham are chalked up at 7/2 by William Hill to be playing in the Championship next season and Extrabet think Wigan are doomed, quoting 2/5 on Paul Jewell's side playing Coca Cola football in August.

Manchester United may well field an under-strength side against the Hammers but the Old Trafford faithful will be wanting to see their champions win and they look a bargain to go out in style at 8/13 (William Hill).

With odds so heavily stacked against them, 15/8 Wigan look worth a shout at Premierbet to beat Sheffield United and a 1-0 for the Latics at Bramall Lane is cracking value at 17/2 (Portlandbet).

CRICKET: Betdaq make England's cricketers solid 1/3 odds on favourites to win the forthcoming Test series against the West Indies.

The tourists are likely to have few takers at 10/1 (Stan James) and VCbet's 7/2 about a 4-0 whitewash or a 3-0 success at 3/1 catches the eye. William Hill make England a belting 8/13 to win the first Test which starts at Lord's on Thursday whilst Stan James' 4/6 on the home side "winning" the first innings has similar appeal.

RUGBY UNION: Leicester and Gloucester crusied through to the Guiness Premiership final last weekend and we could be in for a battle royal at Twickenham tomorrow.

The sides drew 27-27 at Weldon Road in September while Gloucester edged it 28-24 at Kingsholm in March.

Another close encounter is sure to be on the cards but the Tigers (8/15 at get the vote for revenge over the Cherry and Whites who can be backed at 6/4 with Blue Square.

RUGBY LEAGUE: there are two mouth watering ties for TV punters to enjoy on BBC1 in the Challenge Cup.

Tomorrow, Leeds (3/10 Extrabet) should have few problems getting through to the quarter finals when they entertain Wigan. They should be joined in the hat by neighbours Bradford who are as short as 1/4 (Betdaq) to win at Wakefield.

The Rhinos are good enough to defy Bet365's 8 point penalty (10/11) and the Bulls could well win by more than 12 (10/11) to produce a handsome 5/2 profit in a handicap double.

FORMULA ONE: Ahead of tomorrow's qualification for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are joint favourites at 9/4 with Portlandbet and Stan James respectively.

Felipe Massa is close behind at 5/2 ( and Lewis Hamilton can be backed at 5/1 with Bet365 to win the race or at 1/5 the odds (even money) for a fourth consecutive podium finish. Ferrari head the contsructor's market at 8/11 at Coral but taking a plunge on McLaren at 11/10 (Blue Square) has more value when you consider that you're effectively backing both Alonso or Hamilton to come home first.

Best bets

Best single: West Ham to be relegated; 7/2

Best handicap: Leeds to beat Wigan - 8 points; 10/11

Best accumualtor: Man Utd, Wigan, Liverpool, Rangers to win; 7/1

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 11, 2007
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