A morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
– Manchester United have been trailing Brazilian teenager, Lucas Moura throughout the summer, but it looks like the chances of him coming to Old Trafford are somewhere between ‘slim’ and ‘Madonna’s sex appeal’ aka none.
He’s edging towards the glitz and glamour of Paris after being told by fellow footballers that Manchester is ‘boring’? ‘Boring’? Clearly you’ve never had the privilege of an afternoon in the Manchester Costume Gallery. And we needed a lie down after the excitement of the Museum of Transport. The Red Devils are currently 12/5 second favourites to regain the Premier League title, but clearly some quality reinforcements would go down nicely.
– Moura won’t be going to Old Trafford, but one equally unlikely signing that won’t go away is Usain Bolt. Having claimed 100 metre gold on Sunday night, he has again expressed a desire to play for the club. He rates himself as a handy player, but obviously speed his main attribute and that may not be enough to become a world class player – as the career of Gabby Agbonlahor demonstrates. “People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say no,” explained Bolt, teeing up the inevitable freebie day out at Old Trafford. Bolt has a better chance of winning the 200 metres and his challenge for more gold begins this morning where he’s 1/7 favourite to win the event.
– After vanishing off the face of the planet for the last couple of weeks, it’s good to see Phillips Idowu is alive and possibly well. He’s been struggling with injury, but today he will begin his bid to improve on the silver medal he won the triple jump at the Beijing Olympics. After being labelled the ‘Invisible Man’ by Team GB head coach, Charles van Commenee for failing to show up at a Team GB training camp in Portugal last month, he is apparently fit enough to take his chance in the event. He’s rated the 6/1 3rd favourite to win gold.
– At the Velodrome, Team Awesome are expected to hoover up a few more medals, especially with track cycling legends Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton in action. It’s Pendleton’s last outing as she is retiring after the Olympics. Hoy is red hot 4/11 favourite to win the rather surreal Men’s Keirin event whilst Pendleton is an even hotter 1/5 to win the Women’s Sprint. We’re not taking bets on her crying at some point as it’s absolutely guaranteed.
– There’s plenty of Irish interest today with Derval O’Rourke going in the semi-finals of he 100 metre hurdles (7.15pm). A gold medal is asking a lot at 100/1, but an appearance in the final would be a nice reward after struggling with injury over the last couple of years. Michael Conlan is on the verge of securing Ireland’s third boxing medal of the Olympics. He’s 1/2 to beat Nordine Oubaali of France at around 9pm this evening, a result which would put him in a semi-final and ensure a place on the lowest step of the podium at the very least.