RA­HEEM FAN­CIED TO BE A MANC

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Ster­ling still has two years left on his An­field con­tract and Liver­pool will try and fight off any suit­ors this sum­mer es­pe­cially af­ter los­ing Luis Suarez last year.

But they will not want an un­happy player on their hands and he has hardly set the Pre­mier League alight in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

In an ideal world the Reds would off­load Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Ricky Lam­bert and re­place them with Divock Origi (cur­rently on loan at Lille), a fit Daniel Stur­ridge and a world class striker but it looks as if it is go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult sum­mer for the Club with the lack of Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball next term a con­cern in at­tract­ing top qual­ity play­ers.

Ra­heem Ster­ling to sign for be­fore 3/09/15; prices from BetVic­tor Manch­ester City Chelsea 15/8 7/2 Ar­se­nal 5/1 Bay­ern 8/1 Real Madrid 12/1 Manch­ester United 12/1 Chelsea are 5/4 favourites to re­tain the PL next sea­son at BetVic­tor with City 11/4, United 4/1, Ar­se­nal 5s, Liver­pool 12s and any price the rest.

Liver­pool are in­vari­ably well backed for the ti­tle but at this stage they make no ap­peal and I can see next sea­son be­ing a gen­uine fourhorse race.

Arsene Wenger must get Jack Wil­shere back into the Gun­ners’ XI for this evening’s clash with Sun­der­land (12/1) and I can’t see past a home win de­spite Sun­der­land win­ning at Stam­ford Bridge and Old Traf­ford in a sim­i­lar sce­nario last sea­son.

This is a poor Sun­der­land side who got the breaks against Ever­ton in their pre­vi­ous home game and that looks like it will be enough to pre­serve their PL sta­tus. I was very dis­ap­pointed with Ar­se­nal in the first half against Old Traf­ford on Sun­day and please don’t tell me Fran­cis Co­quelin and Santi Ca­zorla are the mid­field pair­ing that will drive Ar­se­nal to the ti­tle next term.

That said Chelsea rely too heav­ily on Haz­ard stay­ing fit, United aren’t the same team with­out Michael Car­rick who is 34 in the sum­mer and City need Vin­cent Kom­pany fit and back to his best; he was nei­ther this sea­son.

Arsene Wenger will have been in charge of Ar­se­nal for 20 years in the sum­mer of 2016; I might be com­pletely bonkers but I just feel Ar­se­nal, with one or two ma­jor sign­ings and a fully fit Wil­shere, might be best equipped to win the PL ti­tle in 2015/16. At 5/1 they cer­tainly look the value. At Good­wood this af­ter­noon GOD WILL­ING (2.40) is of in­ter­est drop­ping back in trip; the 4four-year-old hasn’t run over to­day’s 7f trip since his sec­ond ju­ve­nile start but he of­ten fails to fin­ish his race off over fur­ther and he has an ex­cel­lent draw in stall three.

Jel­li­cle Ball needs point­ing in the right di­rec­tion on of­fi­cial fig­ures in the listed Height Of Fash­ion Stakes but Lady Of Dubai (4.25) is en­ti­tled to im­prove for the step up in trip on come­back and can give the favourite plenty to think about.

The se­lec­tion is 50/1 for the Oaks at BetVic­tor and whilst that might be aim­ing too high I am con­vinced there is plenty to come from the Luca Cu­maini trained filly.

I can­not Desert Sa­hara (5.00) in the 10f fil­lies maiden hav­ing shaped as though she was cry­ing out for a step up in trip when fourth on her reap­pear­ance over a mile at Not­ting­ham; there are dan­gers in­clud­ing the won­der­fully named Speedy Board­ing whose mother is named Dash To The Front!

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