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"The Match" on Sky One: Betting Preview

Legends vs Celebrities Odds

Sky One's "The Match" is back on our television screens on Sunday evening with a lineup of Legends pitted against a squad of Celebrities at Newcastle United's St James’s Park. This is the third straight year of what has turned out to be a popular event and a stadium crowd of over 50,000 people is expected. The Celebrities have yet to claim a victory, but they have not been embarrassed in the past two seasons - losing 2-1 in 2004 and 2-0 in 2005.

The bookies make the Celebrities, coached by former England manager Graham Taylor, 9/2 odds to win. The Legends are clear 1/2 favourites while the Draw is priced at 11/4.

The Legends side is a veritable all-star team of 1980's-90's British football while the Celebrity squad might have a few punters scratching their heads. Peter Reid has taken over from Sir Bobby Robson as coach of the Legends and he has the luxury of a strong team to choose from. With top players like Ian Rush, Paul Merson, Paul Gascoigne, Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle, there is only one likely result in this game. Every single player in the Legends squad has represented his country and that makes the job of the Celebrities look very difficult. Even at these low odds, the Legends look like the banker bet of the weekend. Get on them at 4/9 odds at VCBet bookmaker.

The only goal the Celebrities ever scored came in 2004 thanks to a cross/shot by Jonathan Wilkes. Sportingodds bookmaker price up the Celebrities at a rather high 5/2 to score first this year. The same bookie makes the Celebs 4/5 odds not to score in this match.

Other wagering markets are available at several top bookmakers on Total Goals, Double Result, Correct Score and Goal Handicap.

The public are currently placing their votes on which Celebrities will reach the final 16 for Sunday's big game. Don’t forget to place a bet and watch this intriguing contest unfold. It kicks off at 8.15pm GMT.

Here is a complete list of odds from Ladbrokes bookmaker for the first goalscorer of Sky One’s “The Match.”

"The Match" player to score the first goal:

Legends			Celebrities
Robertson S 10/1 	           McCoist A 9/2
Campbell D 10/1 	           Rush I 9/2
Hutton A 12/1 		Beardsley P 6/1
Harvey 12/1 	           Merson P 6/1
Kelly C 16/1 	           Gascoigne P 8/1
Brazier J 20/1 		McAllister G 10/1
Young D 25/1 	           Waddle C 10/1
Hollins C 25/1 		Steven T 12/1
Lamont G 33/1 		Irwin D 14/1
Craig T 50/1 	           Batty D 25/1
Offiah M 50/1 		Hendry C 25/1
Little R 50/1 		Winterburn N 25/1
Stewart A 66/1 		Anderson V 50/1
McDonagh B 66/1 	           Walker D 50/1


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