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Betting News: London 2012, Liverpool, Beckham, Naas

by Sean Goff | July 25, 2012
Olympic Park

COUNTDOWN: There are just two days left to the opening ceremony for London 2012 (pic: Inpho)

Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport

#morningupdate

Olympics

The English capital’s massive transport plan swings into operation this morning with dedicated traffic lanes for the athletes, their families and the media ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony for London 2012. 

Swimmer Rebecca Adlington will hope to dominate the swimming lanes after two gold medal win at the last games in Beijing. Adlington is odds-on to win gold in the 800m freestyle with Paddy Power’s online betting and 4/1 to do the same in the 400m equivalent.

The women’s football actually starts today, two days ahead of the opening with six matches in the ladies football. Team GB face New Zealand at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

Football

Liverpool are on the verge of signing Joe Allen from Swansea according to media reports. Manager Brendan Rodgers is set to trigger a £16m release clause in the Swansea man’s contract to bring him to Anfield which could hasten Andy Carroll’s exit. Allen in currently with Team GB at the Olmpics.

Zenit St Petersburg are likely to bid £5m for wantaway Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov (31) who doesn’t fancy another season as a bit-part player at Old Trafford.

Ipswich Town’s Aaron Cresweel (22) is the subject of a £3.5m offer from Aston Villa. The left-back joined the Tractor Boys from Tranmere a year ago and was voted Player of the Year at the club.

Arsenal kicked-off their Asian Tour with a 2-1 win over a Malaysia XI last night coming from a goal down with just four minutes left thanks to strikes from German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld (19) and then Benik Afobe’s deflected shot.  Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw by LA Galaxy after David Lopez equalised Gareth Bale’s opener.

David Beckham missed the game but will feature in a MLS All Stars XI against Chelsea tonight before jetting to London to play some role in the Olympic ceremony.

Celtic lost 1-0 at home to Norwich with Grant Holt doing the damage for Chris Hughton’s side. Not content with one signing Hazard, Chelsea will bring Eden’s brother Thorgan (19) to Stamford Bridge next season but for considerably cheaper than the £30m they paid for the Belgian international.

Racing

Worcester (1.50), Catterick (2.0) and Lingfield (2.10) provide the afternoon’s action on Wednesday with meeting to come tonight at Sandown (5.50), Leicester (6.10) Naas (5.45) in Ireland.

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