"The Rajasthan Royals have surprised many by making it to the latter stages. They won the first edition of the IPL, so some of their players have been here before. The winners of the second eliminator will have played an extra game at Kolkata, the place of the final. "
"Lets face it, more than half of the teams in the Championship can lay claim to being legitimate promotion candidates. Where is the value? Look no further than dark horses Watford. Owners of Italian Serie A club Udinese and Spanish La Liga side Granada, the Pozzo family, have taken over a Watford. The Hornets have Gianfranco Zola as their manager and he has made several changes in player personnel. Ex-Arsenal player Manuel Almunia has been signed as first team goalkeeper, with a fair few not yet household names in this country. They have added Almen Abdi and Matej Vydra who are loan signings from Udinese and they have made quite a splash after just 2 games. "
"If New Zealand can come away from the series with two draws, they will be pleased. They drew their home series with England and nearly won it. Who can tell what kind of weather we will get for the early Test Matches? "
"This is a mighty long range bet which is almost two years in advance. I see Italy as a squad building for the future. They have shown signs of great things in Euro 2012 and with another two years together the squad should improve even more in time for World Cup 2014. Italy are drawn in European qualifying group B and face the Czech Republic and Denmark among others. Much depends on the draw for the finals and also form and circumstances at the time, but Italy are usually one to watch in big tournaments and World Cup 2014 should be no different. "
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