Premier League managers will be glad to get their players back in one piece after the midweek internationals where England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales all won to bring up the yankee.
Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard were on the mark for the Three Lions in their 2-1 win over Brazil which should boost Chelsea and Manchester United ahead of their games with Wigan and Everton respectively at the weekend.
But an under-fire Rafa Benitez will need to make sure that Gary Cahill remembers he was signed from Bolton – not Santos FC – as he tried to out ‘Brazil’ Brazil to gift the visitors an equaliser before his club-mate saved his blushes.
Rooney should line up against his old club Everton on Sunday before United face Real Madrid on Wednesday night at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
And if Wayne Rooney scores the last goal against Everton Paddy Power will refund all losing First/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.
Gareth Bale continues his goal-scoring form which will please Andre Villas-Boas as he slalomed past the Austrian defence – without even looking like falling – to slot the ball home. Spurs are breathing down Chelsea’s necks for third place and they face Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off.
The Premier League kicks-off in Belfast tonight with 10 titans of tungsten doing battle as everyone tries to get their league campaign off to the best possible start.
Ten of the most accurate and exciting darts players will take to the stage with the feature match being a repeat of January’s World Championship Final at the Alexandra Palace. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor beat Michael van Gerwen on the biggest stage of them all to collect his 16th world crown, but Mighty Mike can upset him in week one of the Premier League.
MVG is quicker out of the blocks than a doped-up sprinter which is crucial in a race to seven legs.
Paddy Power has ironed his fancy dress costume, meticulously planned a funny slogan for his 180 sign and has wisely taken Friday off work ahead of the action. The excitement on the oche might have got a bit much for Paddy though and he’s refunding losing singles on any match that ends in a draw.
There were 13 draws last year and with a shorter format this time around and an even more competitive league, that number is set to rise. Paddy’s offer is crazier than Gary Anderson’s fashion sense and punters can start the weekend early with a draw in the darts.
Last weekend was all about Phil Mickelson’s flawless display in winning his third Phoenix Open and Leftie is Paddy Power’s 13/2 favourite to retain his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California this weekend.
Mickelson is chasing his fifth win in this event while Brandt Snedeker – a two-time runner up this term already looks a solid each-way bet at 12/1 with Paddy Power paying ¼ the odds the first 5 home. Dustin Johnson returns to the US Tour after winning the delayed Hyundai Tournament four weeks ago.
South African Richard Stern has made a flying start to the Joburg Open with defending champion Branden Grace still to tee off.
Today’s racing in the UK and Ireland comes from Doncaster, Huntingdon, Taunton, Wolverhampton and Clonmel. For all the racing information at home and abroad keep an eye on Paddy Power’s weather update right here. We can assure you he’s a touch more reliable than Michael Fish.
It may still be February but the UAE 1,000 Guineas comes under orders in Meydan at 4.25pm with Mike De Kock’s Emotif getting the nap vote from the Racing Post.