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Morning betting update: Rodgers, Owen, Murray, Nathaniel

by Sean Goff | September 3, 2012

Football

Michael Owen could be in for a shock return to Anfield as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his beleaguered Liverpool.  The former England international is now a free agent after Manchester United decided not to renew his contract and the Liverpool manager is disappointed that he was not able to replace Andy Carroll who left for West Ham on a season-long loan.

Rodgers was speaking after the Reds lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal on Sunday which condemned them to the worst start to a season since 1962/63.

The former Swansea boss had expected to sign Fulham’s Clint Dempsey before last Friday’s transfer deadline day but Dempsey joined Spurs instead.

Ex Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could also be tempted by a move back to the Premier League as Liverpool look to reinforce their striking options.

Meanwhile, former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson (64) will be unveiled as technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana later today.

Tennis

Andy Murray takes on Milos Raonic in the fourth round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows today.

Roger Federer faces Mardy Fish who didn’t get off the course until the early hours of Sunday morning in his five-set thriller with Gilles Simon.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic breezed past Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday night as he looks to defend his first-ever US Open title.

Racing

John Gosden’s Nathaniel heads Paddy Power’s online betting at 13/8 favourite for Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Ed Dunlop’s Snow Fairy who returned to winning ways in France last time after a nine-month absence is next best at 11/4  with Aidan O’Brien’s St Nicholas Abbey trading at 5/1.

Last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream remains at 6/1 for the Paris feature with Paddy Power after winning at Baden Baden on Sunday.

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