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Betting news: Team GB, Celtic and tips from Pricewise

by Josh Powell | August 2, 2012

A WIN’S A WIN: Hooper’s goal helped Celtic avoid a European nightmare against HJK Helsinki

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

Olympics

What a day yesterday was for Team GB! Helen Glover and Heather Stanning destroyed the opposition in the women’s pairs rowing event and now they’re talking about smashing world records. It was Britain’s first gold medal of the games and set down a marker for the rest of the days success.

Next up was Tour de France hero Bradley Wiggins in the men’s time trial and he didn’t disappoint. Wiggo won gold and became Britain’s most decorated Olympian, picking up his seventh medal, passing Sir Steve Redgrave. There are now strong shouts for the 32-year-old to get a knighthood on the New Years Honours list. Team GB also picked up a 1-0 win over Uruguay in the men’s football thanks to a Daniel Sturridge goal. Stuart Pearce’s side now face South Korea in the quarter-final and to make the win even sweeter, Uruguay were eliminated and that loveable rogue Luis Suarez was annoyed that he got booed.

Britain are on the water again today in the rowing and sailing competitions and are expected to get through the heats quite comfortably. There is also action from the aquatics centre with Rebecca Adlington taking to the pool and Michael Phelps takes on Ryan Lochte in the 200 metre individual medley later on tonight. Andy Murray is on court one taking on Nicolás Almagro in the quarter-final and Team GB are hoping for a strong showing in the track cycling which begins at 4.00pm.

Football

Arsene Wenger is on the verge of completing the signing of Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla. The price reported in the Daily Mail is £17.3million as the 27-year-old just needs to complete his medical in London for the deal to be done. Carzola would be another big name heading to the Emirates after the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud which represents the most significant summer strengthening since 2004.

Chelsea are in the hunt for a right-back but have had a £5million bid for Cesar Azpilicueta rejected according to the Sun. Marseille want £8m for the 22-year-old defender as Di Matteo tries to strengthen up his back line. Jose Bosingwa was released at the end of the season, leaving fellow Portuguese ace Paulo Ferreira as the only dedicated right-back and it is expected that Chelsea will increase their bid this week.

Celtic beat HJK Helsinki 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier. Goals from Gary Hooper and Charlie Mulgrew cancelled out Rasmus Schuller’s opener to secure victory ahead of the second leg in Helsinki next Wednesday.

And Roberto Carlos has officially retired from football. The 38-year-old full-back is hanging up his boots after a glittering career for Real Madrid and Brazil.

Racing

The stunning action continues at Galway and Glorious Goodwood today with the action in England starting at 2.15pm and in Ireland racing begins at 1.50pm.

Fans have only just caught their breath again after seeing the incredible Frankel make it 12 out of 12 at Goodwood yesterday and they’re in for a treat again today. Saddler’s Rock takes on Colour Vision in the Goodwood Cup in the feature of today’s card. Pricewise Tom Segal has flagged up Prussian and Asatir in the opening handicap at Goodwood in today’s Racing Post.

Segal also fancies Drive Time in the Galway Handicap Hurdle. The Willie Mullins seven-year-old won a valuable handicap at Punchestown and with Ruby Walsh on board is bound to get plenty of support on the track.

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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