By Aidan Elder | Chief Sports Writer
Premier League Transfer Sagas
Robin van Persie will stay at Arsenal and last week’s statement that he wasn’t going to sign a new deal was just him looking to get a few extra truck-loads of cash into his bank account. That’s what the Gunners’ top brass are supposedly thinking according to the Daily Mail. The Dutchman is due back for pre-season training in the next few days and Arsene Wenger is hoping to use the time together to put on the, suspenders, push-up bra and lipstick to seduce him into penning a new deal. Metaphorically, of course. Van Persie is 5/2 to be Arsenal captain for their first game of the new season.
David Haye (31) and Dereck Chisora (28) will be settling their petty squabble this evening at West Ham’s Boleyn Grounds like real men. Or at the very least, like mid-ranking heavyweight boxers – lethargically and disproportionate levels of unfounded ego.
Despite being accused of having similar power to a comedy water pistol at heavyweight level, Haye has promised a knockout. “It ain’t going to go 10 rounds. He ain’t gonna go the distance,” he declared, sounding extra cockney in honour of fighting in London’s East End. The Hayemaker is 5/4 to make that prediction come to pass.
Later, Amir Khan (25) has a less utterly pointless fight than his compatriots later this evening. He takes on American Danny Garcia (24) in Las Vegas with the WBA, WBC and The Ring Light Welterweight titles up for grabs. Unlike the British brawlers, the two boxers seem to get along a lot better, dampening hopes of a stupid brawl at a post-fight press-conference. “I’m a nice guy outside the right,” said Khan, before reverting to the trash talk to add “but inside is another matter. I’m going there to knock him out and hurt him.” Khan is 6/5 to win by KO or TKO.
- Haye v Chisora Betting
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Historically, Phil Mickelson (42) likes links golf almost as much as he likes leaving the shores of the US of A, but in the last couple of years, there are signs that the lazy cliché is changing. He managed a career best 2nd at last year’s Open and a Friday charge at the Scottish Open showed he’s coming into coastline form at just the right time. He put together a magnificent display of approach play and silly pants wearing to card a round of 64 at Castle Stuart Links.
He’s still five shots behind the leading duo of Francesco Molinari and Alexander Noren, but only 22/1 to get his hands on the silverware come Sunday afternoon. Interestingly, he’s still available at 35/1 for next week’s Open Championship which is made extra-tasty by Paddy Power paying seven places on the tournament.
Reading too much into pre-season friendlies is more dangerous than letting G4S look after your security arrangements, but Manchester City’s prep didn’t get off to a good start as they lost 1-0 to Saudi team Al-Hilal in Austria. Sadly, City featured quite a few of their stars players, meaning it can’t be written off as a flop by the reserves or youth team players getting their hopes up of making it at the club. Unsurprisingly, it hasn’t made a blind bit of difference to their odds of defending the Premier League and they’re still 6/5 to win the league.