Football

Stuart Pearce’s young Englishmen have quietly and successfully negotiated their way through the group stages of the Euro U-21's and face hosts Sweden in Friday’s semi-final.  We fancy penalty-taker James Milner for first goalscorer at 9/1 with Blue Sq.

Rugby

The Lions go into Saturday’s second test knowing a defeat will see them lose the series. But we don’t believe they’re capable of reversing last Saturday’s result. SA are too short to back to win so we’re plumping for scrum-half Fourie Du Preez to be first tryscorer at 25/1 with William Hill.

Michael Owen

After the humiliation of his agents’ glossy brochure about him, where will ‘The Athlete, The Ambassador, The Icon’ end up next season. We think Liverpool’s worth a punt at 16/1 with 888 Sport. Rafa’s shown willing to do it before (Robbie Fowler), they need back up for Torres and they’re short of cash.