Evening update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
Liverpool’s owner John W Henry has admitted that not even an FA Cup win could have saved Kenny Dalglish’s job at Anfield. The head of Fenway Sports Group (FSG) sacked the Reds legend after the club slumped to eighth in the Premier League their worst finishing position in 18 years.
Fabio Capello is Russia’s new manager for the 2014 World Cup. The former England manager takes over from Dick Advocaat who had signalled his intention to leave after Euro 2012 which was just as well as Russia’s elimination at the Group Stages would probably have cut short his tenure anyway. underperforming players now have the choice of obeying Capello’s notorious strict disciplinarian code or some quality time in the salt mines to get them in shape for Brazil in two years time.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has given new signing Oscar the thumbs up to take joining Chelsea in his stride which is just as well seeing as he’s stumped up £25m of Roman Abramovich’s hard-earned to secure his signature.
There are two Irish cards feature tonight at Limerick (5.35), Leopardstown (5.45), while Folkestone (5.50), Epsom (6.00) and Doncaster (6.10) are under orders in the UK.
Meanwhile Paddy Power has released Goodwood and Galway Top Jockey betting ahead of next week’s festivals.
Richard Hughes is the 6/4 favourite to be top jock at Goodwood with Ryan Moore at 9/4 second favourite ahead of William Buick at 6/1.
At Galway, Pat Smullen is 1/4 fav to be leading Flat Jockey with Ruby Walsh at 11/8f to be crowned king over the jumps.
There is another stunning night of darts at the Winter Gardens tonight with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.
Phil Taylor is in action against Ian White as The Power aims for his 13th World Matchplay title and is a hot 1/16 favourite to progress. Dean Winstanley shocked Gary Anderson in the first round with one of the most amazing 82 check-outs of the year and now he faces a tricky game against local lad Ronnie Baxter.
Wes Newton will have his work cut out against Justin Pipe whose slow throw could easily put the Warrior of his game, and in the opening match Andy ‘The Hammer’ Hamilton takes on ‘The Spider’ Mark Webster.
There are bound to be a couple of shocks along the way with eight of the best arrow-chuckers in the world slogging it out in Blackpool.