A winning treble of Manchester United, Chelsea and a first Group stage away win for Celtic in the Champions League left Paddy screaming at the TV last night – and there could be more pain on the way from Arsenal and Manchester City in tonight’s games.
United’s win in particular had sports editors wetting themselves for puns in Dracula’s birthplace. Vanpire hollered The Sun as Robin Van Persie’s double strike sunk Romanian side Cluj in Transylvania to mask a defensive horror show according to Mirror Football.
Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City are 5/6 to see off a Borussia Dortmund side tonight who will present a stern test as they look to get qualification back on track after their 3-2 loss away to Real Madrid in the opening game. Arsene Wenger’s team are trading at 4/11 and should have too much class for Olympiacos despite their opening five game unbeaten run in their domestic league.
Kevin Pietersen is on the brink of returning to England duty after the ‘textgate’ scandal sunk his and ultimately England’s Twenty20 World Cup dream.
Team coach Andy Flower is refusing to confirm the reports but stock phrases like ‘getting over first hurdle’, ‘no doors are closed’ and ‘never say never’ are fooling nobody ahead of an announcement in the coming days.
Australia are now joint market leaders at 5/2 to win the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka despite losing to Pakistan yesterday. The Aussies face the West Indies on Friday in the semi’s while the hosts take on Pakistan tomorrow ahead of Sunday’s final.
Another high-profile casualty bit the dust in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe yesterday when Nathaniel was forced out of Sunday’s race with a temperature.
John Gosden’s runner was closing in on second-favouritism behind the Japanese runner Orfevre who now heads Paddy Power’s online betting at 5/2 after ante-post favourites Snow Fairy and Danedream were also ruled out.
Aidan O’Brien will decide this morning if Derby winner – but Triple Crown loser – Camelot will make the line up after the colt works at Ballydoyle.