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Betting news: Michael Phelps, Luka Modric and Frankel

by Josh Powell | August 1, 2012

SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT: Is Modric off to Madrid? The saga continues!

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


It was a record-breaking night in the pool as Michael Phelps became the greatest Olympian of all time. The American swimmer won silver in the 200 metre butterfly and then along with his team-mates took the gold in the 4×200 metres freestyle. That took his medal haul to an incredible 19 beating Russian Larisa Latynina’s record which had stood since 1964. If that’s not amazing enough Phelps still has three events left at London 2012 and it would be no surprise if his medal count went up to a staggering 22!

It’s a busy day for Team GB in the hunt for their first gold medal of the games. This morning there is plenty of rowing action to get stuck into and a realistic chance of gold for Britain. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning set an Olympic record time of six minutes 57.29 seconds on their way to today’s final and are overwhelming favourites to win the women’s pair.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins is in action in the men’s time trial. The hype surrounding Wiggins Tour de France success has seen him go in to this race as the overwhelming favourite but it won’t be an easy race. Chris Froome is in great form as is time-trial champian Tony Martin and reigning champion Fabian Cancellara who is able to race after Saturday’s crash. Wiggins already has six Olympic medals and another one here would see him overtake Sir Steve Redgrave as Britains greatest Olympian.

The men’s football team are also in action against the hotly-tipped Uruguay. Neither team has been spectacular up to this point, and Uruguay in particular have been very disappointing after being many people’s outright tips. Team GB just need to avoid defeat to top their group and qualify for the knock-out round. The women’s team led by example beating Brazil 1-0 to top Group E and now they face Canada on Friday.


Will he, won’t he? Luka Modric is going to Madrid one day and staying in London the next and to be honest it’s getting a touch boring. The latest today according to the Sun and a number of the other tabloids is that it looks like the move is in doubt again. Madrid thought it was a done deal for £36million with £30m of it paid up front and the rest over five years. However Daniel Levy is holding out for closer to £40m and will only take less if it is all paid up front.

The Sun are also reporting that West Ham are offering a ridiculous contract worth £36million to lure Andy Carroll away from Anfield. The Liverpool striker wants to earn his place under Brendan Rodgers but the new gaffer is keen to ship him out. The clubs have agreed on a £2m loan deal turning into a £17m permanent move if West Ham stay up next season. Now it’s just a case of sorting out terms with Carroll himself and Big Sam Allardyce is willing to pay the England front man a stunning £90,000-a-week for eight years! Madness.

Bad news for fans of the champions Man City after they were beaten comprehensively thumped by Oldham. The League One team won 2-1 at Boundary Park against a City team that contained Samir Nasri, Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and Nigel de Jong. If you want to read into the result more than recommended then City are 1000/1 to be relegated this season.


A huge day of racing action at Goodwood and Galway today will provide a thrilling day on the track.

At Goodwood the world’s best horse Frankel is in action in the Sussex Stakes. Frankel takes on three in the field as he aims to make it 12 from 12. The superstar won here last year and last time out won the Queen Anne by 11 lengths. He is a long way better than everything else here and should win this comfortably barring a moment of madness so unsurprisingly is 1/20.

It’s the Galway Plate at 5.25pm in Ireland over two-and-three-quarter miles. Tom Segal in the Racing Post fancies Daffern Seal to do the business for Dermot Weld who absolutely loves this festival. The rain has caused some surprise results and might not suit Daffern Seal but Pricewise still thinks it is the one to back.

Don’t forget to keep checking the Paddy Power Blog for the latest tips from Champion jockey Ruby Walsh and Channel 4’s racing analyst Tom Lee. 

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