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Betting news on ‘Operation Rafa’, the Australian Open and today’s racing

by Sean Goff | January 3, 2013

Football

Alex Ferguson’s ‘Operation Rafa’ continues to go well at Stamford bridge as Chelsea crumbled to a 1-0 defeat against bottom of the table QPR. Rangers picked up a crucial three points thanks to Shaun WrightPhillips goal ten minutes before the final whistle.

Harry Redknapp’s side are now level on points with Reading and just five points away from safety. The Hoops are 17/10 to avoid relegation. Meanwhile it means Chelsea are a staggering 14 points off the top of the league and have drifted to 12/1 to lift the Premier League crown.

Elsewhere Everton came back from 1-0 down to beat Newcastle 2-1 thanks to goals from Leighton Baines and Victor Anichibe at St James’ Park. It means Newcastle have lost three league games on the spin and are just two points from safety. They’ve been trimmed to 7/1 for the drop with Demba Ba on his way out of the club as well.

In the other game Liverpool picked up their third win in four games, thumping Sunderland 3-0 with Luis Suarez picking up another couple of goals for his tally. The Black Cats are 7/1 for the drop with Liverpool 7/1 for a top four finish. Suarez has been cut to 5/2 to finish the season as the league’s top goalscorer.

Tennis

Reigning champion Andy Murray faces local hero John Millman on Thursday as the ATP Brisbane International kicks off the 2013 tennis season ahead of the Australian Open on January 14.

Millman is a rising star on the Aussie circuit  given a wildcard into the Australian Open after taking his ranking from 541 to 199 in the past 12 months.

The Scot won this tournament on debut last year – his 22nd ATP event to go alongside his London 2012 Olympic gold medal and US Open title  – beating this year’s fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-3 in the final.

Despite 2009 winner Rafa Nadal crying off with a virus – the competition in Melbourne is going to be fierce.

Defending champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has put his court jokes and mimicry behind and established himself as the best player in the world. Paddy Power make the Serbian their 5/4 favourite to make it three Aussie Opens out of three while the evergreen Roger Federer will have his supporters at 4/1.

Racing

Paddy had the racing world buzzing on Tuesday with his Money Back Special All losers on the 1.05 at Musselburgh and the 3.15 at Exeter on New Year’s Day. And Paddy will be whipping out the monster offer once again on Saturday’s racing.

Racing today comes from Ayr, Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Thurles.

Roger Varian’s Sporting Gold in the 2.50pm at Lingfield is the most napped horse of the day in the Racing Post.

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