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Betting news on Arsenal, the WGC Matchplay and today’s racing

by Josh Powell | February 20, 2013

Football

That is Arsenal’s chances of winning the Champions League gone then. Their chances were slim at 7.45pm when they kicked off against Bayern Munich in the Emirates, and by the time the referee blew his final whistle it was done and dusted. Bayern were in a different league beating Arsenal 3-1 and the Gunners are now 150/1 to win the Champions League.

It heaps more pressure on Arsene Wenger, with Arsenal dumped out of the two domestic cups by Blackburn and Bradford and four points behind fourth place Tottenham. ‘Le Profesor’ is 10/1 to be the next Premier League manager to get the boot.

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Tonight seven-time winners AC Milan take on four-time champs Barcelona in the San Siro. Barca lead the Spanish league by 13 points and Lionel Messi will be keen to add to his incredible record of 301 goals in 365 games. Disappointingly Mario Balotelli is cup-tied after having a great start with Milan, but there is sure to still be fireworks in Italy.

Racing

Today’s racing comes from Doncaster, Ludlow and Punchestown and if you like getting down and dirty on the all-weather there are meetings from Lingfield and Kempton.

It’s unlikely that a birthday present of a night at Kempton races would go down too well with Rihanna who turns 25 today. But when Adam Kirby teams up with David Evans even the pop diva must sit up and take notice. The pair have a 21 per cent strike together and link up on the all-weather in five races at the Surrey course tonight.

#20sleepsuntilCheltenham

Golf

This week the finest players and the most debatable fashion senses in the world will descend on Arizona’s The Golf Club at Dove Mountain to contest the WGC Matchplay Championship.

This pits 64 pros against each other in a head-to-head, club-wielding knockout as they battle towards the picking up the trophy and a rather sizeable chunk of the near £5.7 million prize fund.

Golf’s latest bromance resumes in the desert heat with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on course together for the first time since both missed the cut in Abu Dhabi. World No. 1 McIlroy – runner-up in this tournament last season to Hunter Mahan – takes on his old pal Shane Lowry at 7.05pm while Woods tees off against Charles Howell 20 minutes later in the hunt for a tidy pay-day.

If your selection is leading through 12 holes but fails to win, Paddy Power will refund your losing bet on that match.

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