Lunchtime update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
There is plenty of footy action to get stuck into tonight with the second round of the Capital One Cup (or the League Cup depending on where you stand on the new sponsors!) The pick of the games, and the one they’re sticking on tele is Wigan’s trip to Nottingham Forest. Forest are the 11/8 favourites for the contest with Wigan at 19/10 but we expect a very close match.
Elsewhere there are eleven other top flight clubs in action all hoping to avoid shock defeats at this early stage of the competition.
Sven Goran Eriksson has told Steven Gerrard he must quit Liverpool to have any hope of ever lifting the Premier League title. In a crippling interview in The Sun Sven said that Gerrard could not achieve his dream with the current crop of players at Anfield and a lot would have to change if they were to challenge for the title.
Liverpool are a massive 33/1 to win the League this season with Manchester City the 11/8 favourites to retain their crown. Also ahead of the Merseyside club in the betting are Manchester United 21/10, Chelsea 7/2, and Arsenal 22/1.
Andy Murray is through to the second round of the US Open after beating Alex Bogomolov in straight sets yesterday and should be confident of possibly winning his first major.
Novak Djokovic is in first round action today and the reigning champ is the 5/4 favourite to retain his title. The Serb is on a four-game losing streak against the other members of the ‘Big Four’ though and has only won five of his 12 matches against them this year.
The evergreen Roger Federer made it safely through his opening round match in straight sets and the Wimbledon hero is 5/2 to reign supreme at Flushing Meadows.
Jose Maria Olazabal thinks this year’s Ryder Cup is wide open because of Europe’s recent good form. Rory McIllroy won the USPGA, Sergio Garcia tasted success in the Wyndham Championship and Paul Lawrie picked up the Johnnie Walker Championship at the weekend to fill Olazabal with confidence.
Paddy Power has the USA as odds on favourites to lift the cup at 8/11 but the European captain is confident that his team can do the business next month. The European team are 11/8 to succeed in the tournament in Illinois.
Racing today comes from Epsom, Ripon, Southwell, Sedgefield and Ballinrobe. The opening race of the afternoon is the 2.00pm at Ripon.
In The Sun, Templegate is napping Dubawi Island in the 5.50pm at Southwell. The James Tate trained gelding will be looking for his first win in this, his fourth start and is the 9/4 favourite.
‘He is bred to be smart and looked to be getting his act together when narrowly beaten last time out at Kempton. His pedigree suggests today’s different all-weather will suit and rookie trainer James Tate has been banging in the winners this month’, says The Sun’s top tipster.