Outlook not great for Rovers and Reds

THE sporting calendar is packed this weekend but attention is already being offered to the next season.

We at victorchandler.com have already opened the market on the next football campaign despite the outcome of the three play–off finals not being decided until this weekend.

Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley are both 125/1 outsiders for the Championship title next term so success is hardly predicted for the two South Yorkshire rivals.

Leading the betting to win the Championship is the trio of Leicester City, West Ham and Birmingham City, all priced at 8/1.

Newly promoted Southampton are tipped to challenge at 12/1, the same as relegated Blackpool while Leeds United are 14/1.

Sheffield Wednesday are the current favourites for the League One title at 5/1 ahead of fierce Steel City rivals Sheffield United and Preston North End who are both 7/1.

Rotherham United are 12/1 for the League Two crown with big-spending Conference winners Crawley the favourites at 5/1 to seal a double promotion.

The sporting highlight this weekend is undoubtedly the Champions League final with Manchester United meeting Barcelona at Wembley.

The Catalan giants are, unsurprisingly, favourites for this contest at evens, with United looking decent value at 14/5 over the 90 minutes.

Though United are an excellent team and worthy Premier League champions, their resilience, team work and odd flashes of brilliance from the likes of Rooney will struggle to match the overall class of Barcelona and Pep Guardiola’s side represent a confident selection.

Both have history at Wembley with United’s first European Cup won on the ground in 1968 while Barcelona’s Dream Team which included Guardiola, beat Sampdoria in the final there in 1992.

The PGA Championship begins at Wentworth today with four current Major holders in action.

Martun Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Ooshuizen and Charl Schwartzel will all be in action though I think current world number one Lee Westwood is worth an each punt at 9/1 with the first six places at quarter odds.