Grealish has to start for England

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Jack Grealish must be feeling very confident indeed that he’ll get the nod later today to start for England against Italy in the Nations League.

He transformed the Three Lions when he entered the fray from the bench against Germany on Tuesday, when we were fortunate to scrape a draw.

It’s with that in mind that Betfred make City’s record signing a 9/1 shot to open the scoring behind closed doors at the Molineux.

With just five games to go before the World Cup, Gareth Southgate must be close to knowing who will be getting boarding passes for Qatar – and Grealish, who is the closest we have to a Paul Gascoigne, adding that X-factor just has to be on the plane.

It’s fair to say these Nations League games are just glorified friendlies, which is why out-of-form England are still 11/2 behind favourites Brazil to win the World Cup – while Wales are amongst the outsiders at 150/1.

Looking ahead, it’s going to be another two-horse race for the Premier League next season with Liverpool and City dominating affairs once again.

I’m absolutely convinced that will be case – and for me Pep Guardiola’s superstar squad will have the edge with the signing of the so-called missing piece of the Etihad jigsaw in Norwegian man-mountain striker Erling Haaland. 

Betfred are a tempting 50/1 that the Blues not only win the Champions League for the first time in their history but are pushed so hard by Liverpool that they achieve the impossible dream – the QUAD.

And if you reckon it will be Liverpool who win the Premier League and Champions League, as well as retaining the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, we have them at 300/1.

Finally, one of the greatest rugby league players of all time, James Roby, will reach a brilliant milestone tomorrow when he overtakes Kevin Sinfield’s record of 454 Betfred Super League appearances.

He’ll be leading out league leaders St Helens against Hull KR – and the 36-year-old is 25/1 at Betfred to open the scoring and 3/1 to score a try anytime, thus marking his big day in style.

 It is amazing this loyal fella – a true leader in the toughest of sports – is still going strong having made his Saints debut EIGHTEEN years ago.

Author: Paula Allen