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Betting news on Rooney, Andy Murray and the racing

by Josh Powell | August 27, 2012

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

Football

Chelsea kept their 100% record in tact with an impressive 2-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday evening. Di Matteo’s side were stylish in victory with Eden Hazard once again influential for the blues, scoring a penalty before Fernando Torres doubled their advantage. Punters are starting to take more notice of events at the Bridge and Chelsea have been cut from 4/1 into 7/2 to win the League following their good start to the season.

Manchester City still head the betting at 11/8 following a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield and Manchester United survived a scare to beat Fulham 3-2. United are 21/10 for the League but it’s bad news for Wayne Rooney who could be missing for up to two months. The star-striker suffered a horrible gash on his thigh late on in the match and  the cut went through to the bone. It could mean Roo is sidelined for a whopping 14 matches. No pressure RVP!

Speaking of RVP, Arsenal drew 0-0 for the second successive game and are still yet to find the net this season. Coincidence? Well Wenger pointed out after the draw with Stoke that ‘something is missing’. Yes it is Arsene, you sold him to United. Now seven points behind Chelsea, Arsenal have drifted out to 22/1 for the title.

Tennis

Andy Murray is hoping to break his major duck in the US Open which begins at Flushing Meadows today. The Olympic Gold medallist is confident that he can build on his London 2012 success and go on to win the tournament. I hate to be the one to say it but I think the other players will be trying a touch harder to win this time around Andy!

Britain’s number one is 7/2 to do the business in what is potentially his greatest chance of a major to date. The favourite is Novak Djokovic at 5/4 who won this event last year beating Rafael Nadal in the final. The evergreen Rodger Federer won this event a record five consecutive times between 2004 and 2008 and is 5/2 to follow up his Wimbledon success here.

Racing

There is an absolute bucket-load of racing action for punters to get stuck into today.

Meetings this afternoon come from Epsom, Ripon, Warwick, Newcastle, Bangor-on-Dee, Chepstow, Huntingdon, Dundalk and Downpatrick.

In The Sun, Templegate is napping Deauville Prince in the 4.10 at Ripon. The Tom Dascombe trained colt is currently 11/4 for the race.

‘He beat subsequent Acomb runner-up Steeler at Haydock in July and was far from disgraced in a French Listed race two weeks ago. This drop in trip should suit’, writes the paper’s tipster.

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