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England back as favourites to win Euro 2024

England are back as 4/1 favourites with us to win the Euros, and that's despite another less than inspiring draw against Slovenia which was enough for the Three Lions to top Group C.

By winning the group we are in the weaker half of the draw avoiding European heavyweights France, hosts Germany, impressive Spain and Portugal.

And that’s led to us going into the last 16 favourites ahead of France and Germany, who are both 5/1 shots, Spain at 9/2 and Portugal at 7/1.

Next up Betfred have Italy, Holland and Belgium at 16/1 while the big movers are Austria with ex United boss Ralf Rangnick in charge who are in from 50/1 no hopes to 20/1...a price we had to cut after their impressive 3-2 win over the Netherlands.

Meanwhile Warrington are still in there with a decent shout of triumphing in the Betfred Super League Grand Final.

They ended their three game losing run to narrowly win at Hull FC thanks to a late try from man of the match Matt Dufty.

He's the one  player enjoying a rich vein of form for the Wolves who remain nicely placed in a congested top six of the Betfred Super League table.

In fact the top six are only separated by six points although Wigan remain odds on favourites with us to be champs again as they are two clear with a game in hand on the chasing pack.

The Warriors are 4/5 to win the 2024 Grand Final at Old Trafford with Saints at 5/2 with Warrington and Hull KR both at 9/1, Catalans at 14/1 and Salford cut to 33/1 having completed a history making double over St Helens at the weekend.

Sam Burgess admitted surprise that the Wolves won at lowly Hull FC  - and urged his players to be "a bit smarter."

The coach was spot on to say the effort is certainly there and they have only been beaten this season through poor errors and mistakes.

There will definitely be plenty of Wire stars involved in England’s international with France on Saturday with two straight forward looking home fixtures against Huddersfield and Leeds next on the agenda.

But then Wire have make or break tests against Saints and Wigan both away later in July....games that will go a long way to deciding the top six slots as the business end to the campaign fast approaches.

Burgess is still confident  - and so he should be - stressing that no team has blown Wire off the park and pointing out their biggest loss of the season so far is by ten points.

Here's Paul Sculthorpe's take on all the latest from Betfred Super League. Oldham born Paul, a RL pundit on Betfred TV, writes:

"Going into Sunday's fixture at Salford, Saints were sitting pretty at the top of the Betfred Super League table, albeit Wigan still have that game in hand.

"But, unfortunately following Wigan’s 36-0 drubbing of London and Saints disappointing performance and loss to Salford, we now drop to joint second alongside Hull KR as the Warriors go two points clear, potentially soon to be four.

"It was a Mark Sneyd masterclass that helped Salford do ‘the double’ over Saints this season...the first time in 44 years.

"Saints posted the first points of the game as James Bell pounced on a clever Jack Welsby kick, but that was soon nullified by a smart short side play from a tap penalty, which caught out the Saints right edge allowing Dion Cross to finish.

"Cross was soon to make it a double, after a clever Sneyd kick again fooled the opposition defence. It stayed that way up to the 53rd minute, when one of the very few times Lewis Dodd took the ball to the line and fed a charging Curtis Sironen to level the scores. Mark Percival added the two to put the visitors back in control.

Kallum Watkins then scooped up a Nene McDonald tap back…to put the Red Devils two points ahead with 20 minutes to play.

"The next part showed to me Saints complete lack of confidence on attack. We were awarded a penalty over 40m out, with 17 minutes left on the clock and chose to ask Mark Percival to kick the penalty…to draw the game!

"Percy duly delivered a great kick, but for me that ball should have been put in touch 10 metres from the Salford line and back the quality of St Helens to score. Clearly a different mentality these days!

"Saints did receive the ball back from the restart, and were boosted by a penalty for Salford's indiscipline. A Sironen break was finished by Percy. Unfortunately for us he proceeded to miss his easiest kick of the day…keeping Saints lead to just four. 

"What followed was more awful Saints defence and some excellent Salford attack, the home side scored try of the match via Chris Hankinson with only four minutes  to play. Marc Sneyd (who else ?)stepped up to covert the vital two point difference, and win the match.

"Saints will now have two weeks to control their frustrations of that defeat before facing Castleford back at the TWS on  July 5.

"No Betfred Super League fixtures this weekend due to the International fixtures between France and England in Toulouse.

"For the majority of clubs, this week off will be much welcomed, allowing players to rest up and maybe injured players to return in preparation for the business end of the season 

"St Helens head Coach Paul Wellens, spoke about his disappointment of his side performance on Sunday, and said three of the four tries conceded were ‘soft’. Not something we are used to hearing at this club. But I have to agree, and unfortunately watching all the games this season there are players out there wearing the iconic Red V who are not St Helens RLFC quality.

"Take nothing away from a spirited Red Devils side, who seem to have found their own brand of football. Willing to play expansive and take risks with the ball, they fully deserved the win. 

"Wello paid his due to Oldham born  Sneyd who tried all the tricks in the book…including trying to fool everyone his ‘missed’ penalty conversion that just happened to land in the arms of the chasing Chris Atkin!

"Referee Jack Smith deemed he deliberately missed the kick. You have to applaud his creativity!

"Maybe something the stagnant Saints attack can learn from going forward, ahead of the Tigers coming to town…"

Finally a big Betfred winner Loraine Walkingshaw isn’t just going on one holiday after her good fortune… but three!

The retired auxiliary nurse won £50,000 from a £1 stake on the 49s numbers game – and she’s wasted no time on deciding what to spend it on, with Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises plus a Christmas trip to New York to see the giant tree in Times Square on the agenda.

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