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.
Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Michael van Gerwen played out an incredible repeat of the World Championship Final in the Premier League drawing 6-6. Mighty Mike had darts for the match but the 16-time World Champion Taylor kept fighting back to record a point in the opening week.
Because the match ended a draw Paddy Power refunded losing singles on that game as punters cashed in on some more of Paddy’s generosity.
Earlier in the evening Rob Thornton won his first ever Premier League match beating Andy Hamilton and Wes Newton’s poor finishing allowed James Wade to steal an opening week victory 7-4. Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld continued their good form beating Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson respectively.
Last weekend was all about Phil Mickelson but ‘Lefty’ could only shoot a round of 69 at the Pebble Beach National as Hunter Mahan and Russell Knox share the lead on six-under-par.
Scott Langley is one of six players one shot off the lead with Lee Westwood on four-under. Brandt Snedeker is a man in form and he heads the in-play betting at 5/1 after a solid opening round of 66.
Today’s racing in the UK and Ireland comes from Bangor, Kempton, Newcastle, Wolverhampton and Dundalk. 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.
A fantastic weekend of racing at Newbury at Leopardstown in Ireland. The 23-runner Betfair Hurdle throws up more sub-plots than the average episode of Eastenders with trainers wanting to take advantage of good handicap marks for this valuable prize as Cheltenham looms into view.
Nicky Henderson’s Supreme Novice hope My Tent or Yours heads Paddy Power’s market on 4/1 with dark horse Cotton Mill – making his seasonal debut at 9/1 third favourite where Paddy Power is paying 1/4 the odds the first 5 home.
Something’s going to give at Leopardstown as Gold Cup hopefuls Sir Des Champs and Flemenstar go head-to-head in the Hennessy Gold Cup.
Depending on the manner of the defeat one set of connections are going to have their Cheltenham dreams dashed – although a repeat of the Lexus Chase – where the first four home were within kicking distance of each other – may see both take their chance in jumps racing Blue Riband.