Punters flocking to Shepherd

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Ben Shepherd is the 2/1 favourite with Ladbrokes to replace Richard Keys as the main anchor for Sky Sports football broadcasts.

The market looks wide open as several other pundits both currently on Sky and rival channels vie for the lucrative contract.

Popular Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling is a 7/1 chance with Ray Stubbs in at 16/1.

Adrian Chiles is 20/1 which is the same price about BBC favourite Gary Linekar.

Gabby Logan is the shortest price female candidate at 10/1 with George Thompson a 25/1 chance.

Ladbrokes have also paid out to punters who successfully backed Keys at 4/5 to leave before midnight on Sunday.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like Shepherd is ready to step up to the plate and become the new face of football on Sky Sports.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

To replace Richard Keys as main anchor for Sky Football live broadcasts –
Ben Shepherd – 2/1
David Jones – 9/2
Mark Bolton – 6/1
Jeff Stelling – 7/1
Chris Kamara – 8/1
Gabby Logan – 10/1
Ed Chamberlin – 10/1
Simon Thomas – 12/1
Ray Stubbs – 16/1
Sarah Jane Mee – 16/1
Claire Tomlinson – 20/1
Charlotte Jackson – 20/1
Adrian Chiles – 20/1
Gary Lineker – 20/1
Dave Clark – 20/1
Helen Chamberlain – 20/1
Colin Murray – 25/1
Georgie Thompson – 25/1
Di Stewart – 33/1
Vickie Gomersall – 33/1

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.