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Betting news on United, Benitez, T20, Kerry National

by Sean Goff | September 19, 2012

Football

Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United join Chelsea and Celtic in Champions League action tonight as Paddy Power eased Manchester City to 12/1 to be crowned European kings after the 3-2 defeat at Real Madrid while Arsenal are 18/1 after their 2-1 win away to Montpellier.

City were 2-1 up with four minutes left at the Bernabeau before Joe Hart was beaten twice by late strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.  City boss Roberto Mancini has warned Hart not to keep criticising the team warning ‘I am the judge’.

The Citizens’ results should improve once Hart starts ‘judging’ shots from outside the box a bit better.

Three home ties for the British contingent tonight as United with goalkeeping problems of their own face Galatasary at Old Trafford while holders Chelsea take on Juventus at Stamford Bridge while Celtic tackle Benfica.

If these three match ends in a draw, Paddy Power will refund losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast bets. (T&C’s apply)

In the nPower Championship Steve Kean keeps his parking space until Saturday as Blackburn came from behind to beat Barnsley 2-1. There were wins also for Birmingham, Derby, Hull City, Cardiff and Blackpool.

Reports from Spain suggest that Southampton’s board are getting a bit jittery and that Rafa Benitez could replace Nigel Adkins in the Saints’ hot seat.  The Premier League newbies haven’t won a game this season and have shipped 14 goals albeit against Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and er, Wigan.

The Saints are at home to Aston Villa this weekend in what manager Adkins has already described as a ‘must-win’ game.

Cricket

The Twenty20 World Cup continues in Sri Lanka this afternoon with India and Australia taking on cricket powerhouses Afghanistan and Ireland respectively.

With India 9/2 second favourites to win the T20 outright, Afghanistan should be a walk in the park for them, but Ireland’s stock has risen in recent years and have plenty of experienced county cricketers in their line-up. Australia were runners-up in this competition in 2010 but have struggled since.

It may be closer than the odds suggest.

Money-Back Special – If this match is decided on the final ball, we will refund all losing match bets on the match.

Racing

David Pipe sends Premier Dane across the Irish Sea for a crack at the The Kerry National at Listowel (4.05) later this afternoon. Pipe’s runner is on a four-timer in the 18 runner 3m Grade A Handicap Chase and is joint 11/2 favourite with Pat Hughes’ Caduceus in Paddy Power’s online betting.

If your selection is 2nd in the Kerry National Paddy Power will refund your losing single stake. (T&C’s apply) 

Paddy Power columnist Ruby Walsh will be posting his thoughts on the big race around 11am so keep your eye on the twitter machine.

The National Hunt season is starting to gear up and to get underway and one of the biggest betting races of the year the Paddy Power Gold Cup has just been priced up
for Cheltenham’s Open meeting in November. Hunt Ball and Cue Card head the field at 8/1 joint favourites ahead of Champion Court and The Giant Bolster.

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