Is the title race done and dusted? Paddy Power certainly thinks so and he has put his cajones on the line and paid out on Manchester United to lift the Barclays Premier League trophy. Paddy emptied his pockets to the tune of just over £500,000 on Sunday morning after Manchester City lost 3-1 away to Southampton. This own goal by Gareth Barry summed up how the day went for the English champs. So the boss was fairly chuffed to see Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie on the scoresheet as United beat Everton 2-0 and extended their lead to 12 points at the top of the table.
Tonight Liverpool take on West Brom and a win would see the Reds move up to seventh, just three points behind their Merseyside rivals Everton. The Baggies could leap-frog Liverpool with a win but they haven’t won in the last six league games and haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home all season. Brendan Rodgers‘ side are the 2/5 favourites for the clash at Anfield with West Brom at 15/2 and the draw is 7/2.
Nigeria won their third Africa Cup of Nations title beating Burkina Faso 1-0 in South Africa. 85,000 people were in the stadium to see Sunday Mba volley in the winner just before half-time. It is the Super Eagles first Africa Cup of Nations win since 1994 and probably the only silverware John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will see this season.
Today’s racing comes from Catterick and Wolverhampton after Plumpton got rained off. The weather is causing a little bit of havoc in the UK and Ireland but that isn’t the case abroad. The sun is shining and Paddy has got his eye on all the racing in SOuth Africa and South America for you to enjoy.
Drawn Free is the top weight in Plumpton’s 4.20pm race but that might not stop him being first past the post today. Admittedly Usain Bolt probably wouldn’t win the 100 metres with almost 12 stone on his back. Lionel Messi probably wouldn’t have won so many Ballon D’Ors if he was packing that much weight. But Drawn Free is a four-legged flyer who is dropping down in class and won a similar race at Plumpton in December. Can he defy the load of lead on his back this afternoon?
England are the firm favourites to win the Six Nations after a battling performance saw them beat Ireland 12-6 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Stuart Lancaster’s side are now 2/7 to win the tournament and 10/11 to win the Grand Slam.
Wales got back to winning ways with an impressive 16-6 victory over France in Paris and Scotland thumped Italy 34-10.
Next up for England are France and Italy at Twickenham before what could be a mouth-watering Grand Slam decider in the Millennium Stadium against Wales on March 16th.