Steve takes his last look at this week’s golf, where he has chances at all three events. It’s a big day for our man tomorrow but are the Welsh lads going to spoil it?
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Hull FC coach Lee Radford insists he is happy with his current wingers despite a failed move for USA international Taylor Welch (Hull FC 14/1 – Grand Final 2014 Outright ). Welch impressed at the Rugby League World Cup and had accepted an invitation from the Black and Whites to undergo a trial period with the club. However, the 24-year-old decided against training with the club in order to accept an offer from elsewhere. “Although I’m not 100 per cent certain, I think he may have had an offer from a Queensland Cup side in Australia, so good luck to him,” Radford told the Hull Daily Mail on Welch’s no show at the KC Stadium. “It was a no-lose situation for us really. If he came in and did well, we may have been able to offer him something, but who knows if he would have been good enough to come in and challenge for a place? “That’s open to debate, but the fact he didn’t come wasn’t a problem.” Hull have Tom Lineham , Ben Crooks, Fetuli Talanoa and Jason Crookes as options on the wings and Radford doesn’t think he need to strengthen in the wide areas, despite having offered Welch a trial. He added: “I think we showed last season that the backs is a strong area for us and we’re happy with what we’ve got there already. “We were willing to give the guy a run and see how he did but it is not as though we don’t have enough cover in those positions.” Hull FC reached the final of the Challenge Cup last season and can be backed at 11/1 to go one better and take the top prize in 2014 , while holders Wigan are priced at 4/1.
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Former Manchester United star Keith Gillespie is concerned that David Moyes’ side have lost their way and have become too reliant on Wayne Rooney. The 38-year-old thinks the Old Trafford fear factor has gone, with many clubs arriving at last season’s Premier League champions confident of returning home with at least one point. Gillespie is looking forward to this weekend’s clash between two of his former clubs, when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford. Newcastle can be backed at 20/1 with bet365 to win the match 1-0, with Shola Ameobi available at 12/1 to open the scoring. Gillespie said: “I think things have changed now and teams think they can win at United. “But, having said that, I think if Alan Pardew was offered a point now he would take it. For me, United really lack strength in midfield
Leicester lock Louis Deacon is expecting a tough couple of weeks as the Tigers prepare for a Heineken Cup double-header against Montpellier. The Aviva Premiership side have won one of their first two European clashes this season and know that victories over the Top 14 outfit will be vital if they are to reach the quarter-finals. Leicester, 20/1 with bet365 to win the Heineken Cup outright, are 6/4 to beat Montpellier on home soil by between one and 12 points.
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Aaron Hughes has admitted that Dimitar Berbatov is a vital player for Fulham after the Bulgarian was linked with a move away from Craven Cottage in the January transfer window. The 32-year-old’s agent has said that his client is keen to leave the Cottagers and he has already been linked with a transfer to West Ham United. Berbatov’s contract expires next summer, but new Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is keen to keep him, as is Hughes. “He is a vital player for us,” said the 34-year-old former Newcastle United and Aston Villa player. “You’ve seen in his performance against Spurs on Wednesday, the role and the contribution he has in our team. Those performances are brilliant for us, not only on the ball, but his work-rate and not making it easy for their midfielders.” Fulham have now lost six successive Premier League games and are 10/11 with bet365 to be relegated this season. They face Aston Villa on Sunday with Berbatov available at 13/2 to open the scoring.
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