Blues 10-11 to finish the season with silverware

CHELSEA’S jaunt to Japan ended in failure after the European champions failed to land the World Club Cup but bet365 expect them to bounce back by making the Stamford Bridge men 10-11 to land at least one piece of silverware this season.

The Blues – who returned from Japan only on Monday – are thrust quickly back in to action when they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds in the Capital One Cup quarter-final.

It is one four competitions still available to Chelsea despite them failing miserably in their defence of the Champions League and the firm make it a 1,000-1 shot that they claim a clean sweep.

Slightly more realistically, two trophies in the cabinet is 5-1, while it’s 11-8 that they finish up empty-handed.

Arsenal gave themselves a much-needed boost on Monday when they walloped Reading 5-2 at the Madejski but Hills reckon Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is still under plenty of pressure and go just 13-8 that the Frenchman has left his post by the final day of the season and 11-10 that he is not in the Emirates hotseat on the first day of next season.

Reading boss Brian McDermott has seen his side slump to the bottom of the standings but he is 1-4 with Hills to still be in his job on the first day of the new year.

Napoli have vowed to fight to overturn their two-point deduction handed to them yesterday after the conviction of  a former player for match-fixing.

Former goalkeeper Matteo Gianello was banned for 39 months for an attempt to fix the Italian club’s Serie A clash with Sampdoria in 2010.

Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava were also handed six-month bans for failing to report Gianello’s wrongdoing.

The punishment leaves the Naples outfit ten points adrift of league leaders Juventus and drops them to fifth in the table.

Lionel Messi handed Barcelona the perfect Christmas present yesterday when he agreed to a new contract that will run until 2018.

Carles Puyol and Xavi have also agreed new deals.

Match in Focus

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England v Panama

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • England are unbeaten in their last 11 matches
Expert verdict
There were plenty of positives for England to take out of their World Cup opener and they can follow it up with a much more comfortable success over Panama. England have been starting games at a very quick tempo and should soon gain the ascendancy against an ordinary Panama side, who have very little scope to improve.



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