The big game certainly lived up to all the hype Sky Sports had thrown at it, as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in Spain. Danny Welbeck opened the scoring midway through the first half before Cristiano Ronaldo rose like a salmon to nod in the equaliser after half an hour. It means the tie is delicately poised going into the second leg at Old Trafford with both managers backing their sides to progress.
Tonight the Europa League takes centre stage with Tottenham, Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool all in action. It’s the tournament nobody really wants to be in but none of these teams will want to suffer any embarrassment. There’s 16 Europa League games in all tonight which is great news for coupon lovers.
Phil Mickelson is catching some sunshine up in California and will try to continue his blistering streak in the Northern Trust Open and put Pebble Beach behind him. Good old ‘Lefty’ led wire to wire in that remarkable Waste Management Phoenix Open and after flirting with a round of 59, Phil would love to seal the deal again at Riviera County this weekend. He’s won this tournament twice before and finished runner-up twice making him the clear 12/1 favourite.
Bubba Watson is another left-hander who could excel at the quirky course while Sergio Garcia has been showing all the signs that he is ready to finally win a major this year. Throw in last year’s runner-up Keegan Bradley and Englishman Luke Donald and you have a tournament that is jam-packed full of quality, class and questionable fashion sense.
Robert Thornton is back in his native Scotland tonight as the Premier League rolls into Aberdeen. He notched up his first win on his debut under the bright lights but has a tougher ask tonight against World Champ finalist Michael Van Gerwen. The Thorn will have the majority of the support in front of what is always a raucous atmosphere in Scotland but he might need more than that to stop Mighty Mike. The Dutchman had darts to beat Phil Taylor last week and won’t be in the mood to hand Thornton a win on home soil.
In other games Wes Newton faces Raymond van Barneveld, Andy Hamilton takes on James Wade and Gary Anderson will try to use the home crowd as motivation against Simon Whitlock. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is in action against double-World champ Adrian Lewis who will easily be the most-booed man of the evening.
If any game ends in a draw tonight Paddy will refund losing singles on that match! This special clicked on the opening week and Paddy could be emptying his pockets for punters again if any game ends all square this evening.
Today’s racing comes from Kelso, Kempton and Thurles. Unfortunately Leicester has been abandoned due to the severe weather. You can keep up to date with all the racing in the UK, Ireland and abroad right here.
With just 25 days to go Cheltenham you’d be forgiven for thinking some of the senior jockeys in the weigh room might start to pick and choose their rides ahead of the Festival.
Wrong! AP McCoy travels to Kelso today for four rides and only one of them – Unique de Cotte in the 3.10pm – is for his guv’nor JP McManus.
The iron man of jumps racing has ridden seven winners from 19 rides in the past week and if you put two and two together you’ll get the number of mounts he has at Kelso today. Which fits nice and snugly into a Yankee.