Aston Villa are the 8/11 favourites against Bradford in the first semi-final of the Capital One Cup tonight in a competition that has proved a welcome distraction from the Barclays Premier League for the Villains. Paul Lambert’s side got a potential FA Cup banana skin out-of-the-way when beating Ipswich 2-1 at the weekend but Villa fans (and their manager) will desperately want a Cup final appearance at Wembley as their Premier League campaign goes pear-shaped.
League Two side Bradford are 15/4 and have already knocked out Wigan and Arsenal in this competition so the Bantams won’t be over-awed by the fancy dans from the top tier despite this being their first appearance in a Cup semi-final since 1911. Gabriel Agbonlahor has five goals in seven League Cup games for Villa and is 11/2 to get the games’s first goal tonight.
It’s an all Premier League clash as Chelsea take on Swansea in the other semi-final on Wednesday night.
Everton will face Bolton or Sunderland in the next round of the FA Cup after the Toffees thumped Cheltenham 5-1. Goals from Nikica Jelavic and Leighton Baines gave David Moyes’ side a 2-0 lead at half-time before Leon Osman added a third after the break. Russell Penn pulled one back for the lower league side but goals from Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini made it a convincing win for Everton.
Dustin Johnson is the red-hot 1/2 favourite to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after shooting seven-under in round two to bring his overall score to eleven-under-par.
Steve Stricker is eight-under after an impressive second round effort and is 9/2 in the market to improve on that in tonight’s third round. It would take another solid round of golf to make a dent in DJ’s three stroke lead.
The big-hitting Bubba Watson shot a 69 in round two and is 15/2 in the market, four strokes off the lead.
Paddy was at it again on Saturday refunding €235,000 in his Money-Back Special all losers.
Punters cashed in as the sirens went off for the MBS in the 1.35pm at Chepstow and the 2.40pm at Wincanton.
Just four days after refunding a whopping €150,000 to 14,000 punters on New Year’s Day Paddy made it one hell of a start to 2013 for punters. An he’s not done yet. This Saturday and every Saturday in January Paddy will laugh deliriously at the bean-counters and spit in the eye of the company share price with his Money-Back Special All Losers.
Racing today comes from Chepstow, Leicester and Wolverhampton.
The Sun’s top tipster Templegate is napping Nutin Fancy in the 12.50pm at Chepstow.
‘He won an Irish bumper before running really well in a couple of hot novices’ hurdles in bad ground at this track last season’, says the in-form tipster. ‘The step up in distance is sure to suit my fancy and there are rarely any fitness worries with Philip Hobbs’ runners’.