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Betting News: Gareth Bale, Cheltenham and ATP Dubai

by Sean Goff | February 25, 2013

Football

Gareth Bale goes in search of his 22nd goal for Tottenham tonight as Spurs travel to West Ham looking to leapfrog Chelsea in to third place. The Hammers are starting to struggle in the top tier after a promising start with just one win in their last eight games – and crucially just four goals.

The Welsh international scored at White Hart Lane in his side’s 3-1 home win earlier this season and is 3/1 to score first for his team tonight or 5/1 to get the game’s opening goal and cap off a miserable few weeks for Arsenal fan Piers Morgan.

Andre Villas-Boas side are unbeaten in their last 10 games and are a 6/5 shot in Paddy Power’s online betting but West Ham – for all their shortcomings – haven’t lost at home since the turn of the year and are 12/5 to pick up all three points.

Only a slip-up of Jennifer Lawrence proportions can deny Spurs the points here on their march to a Champions League spot.

We’ve already paid out on United to win the league and their latest odds of claiming league title number 20 are a Ronnie Corbett-short, 1/50.

Racing

Sprinter Sacre will be taken on by Tom George’s Mail De Bievre for the Champion Chase  after the trainer revealed that he will pay £17,500 to supplement the French import for the Cheltenham Festival.

The eight-year-old jumped superbly for a circuit before fading over the last half mile and his trainer is starting to get jiggy about giving last year’s Arkle winner and unbeaten chaser a run for his money in the ultimate 2m speed test at the festival.

We’re not under any pretence and we know it’s going to be an uphill struggle, but our horse does have an unbelievably high cruising speed and a good jump in him.

I think riding him positively over two miles will be just his cup of tea.

Today’s racing comes from Plumpton, Kempton and Wolverhampton.

Tennis

Novak Djokovic was busy pretending to save turtles for at a wildlife reserve in Dubai ahead of today’s ATP Dubai Championship which is being streamed live on PPtv.

The recent winner of the Aussie Open named the turtle he was holding ‘Leonardo’. “He was my favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle,” we’re guessing he said at some point, choosing the most anally retentive and pernickety of all the heroes in a half-shell.

That was a bizarre choice, but the idea of Nole winning his4th Dubai Championship title isn’t such a hard shell. Plus, if the final point in any match is an Ace or Double Fault, we will refund all losing in-running Match bets on that match!

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