Andy Gray and a whole host of punters crashed in on the 4/1 Manchester double yesterday as the top two teams continued to rack up the points. League leaders United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford with Robin Van Persie scoring his 21st goal in all competitions this season. City kept the gap at seven points by beating Arsenal 2-0 thanks to goals from James Milner and Edin Dzeko.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are the clear 2/7 favourites to lift the title with City 10/3 to retain their crown. Roberto Mancini believes if they are within four or five points of their closest rivals come the Manchester Derby on April 6th then they can still win the league.
Three goals in the last nine minutes meant Reading came back from 2-0 down to beat West Brom 3-2 at home and move within three points of safety. Aston Villa’s 1-0 defeat against Southampton drops them into the bottom three and Paul Lambert’s side are now odds-on for relegation at 10/11.
Defending champion and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has established himself as the best player in the world and is even money with Paddy Power to win his third Australian Open on the bounce – his fourth in total. Serena Williams is back to her brilliant best and is Paddy Power’s 5/6 favourite to win her sixth Australian Open title in Melbourne in an event you can watch and bet live on PPtv.
Reigning Masters champ Neil Robertson survived an early scare to get through to round two of the tournament. The Thunder from Down Under trailed Ding Junhui 5-3 but recovered to rack up some healthy breaks of 100, 62 and 90 to win 6-5.
The action from the Alexandra Palace continues today from 1.00pm with John Higgins facing Ali Carter and Stephen Maguire taking on Graeme Dott.
If there is a century break scored in the final frame of any match, Paddy Power will refund losing single bets on that game.
Paddy smashed through the half-a-million euro barrier on Saturday and has refunded €575k to punters with his Money-Back madness on all losers in two races every Saturday in January.
The boss must have been on another sugar rush at the weekend as he emptied his pockets to punters and refunded the 12.50pm at Lingfield and the 2.25pm at Warwick in another Saturday bonanza.
Somehow Paddy is still getting away with it and has promised to refund two more races on the last two Saturdays of January. With more than half-a-million already given back to punters Paddy is doing a sterling job of curing those January blues.
Today’s racing comes from Lingfield Park, Plumpton and Wolverhampton.
Marco Botti has been banging in the winners of late and has three runners at Wolverhampton today. The Newmarket trainer has saddled five winners from 15 runners for a 33 per cent strike rate in the last fortnight and will look to add to that tally with First Sargeant in the 3.20pm, Cheektocheek in the 3.50pm and Shockingdancer in the 4.20pm.