Another Must Win Game For The Special One
Jose Mourinho faces possibly the biggest match of his time as manager of Manchester United against Young Boys in the Champions League. A win in the fixture at Old Trafford on Tuesday night sees United through to the knockout stage. Any other result will mean United need at least one point in the final group match away from home against Valencia. Mourinho realises the Premier League is not a realistic target but MANCHESTER UNITED are 33/1 with Paddy Power to win the Champions League. Liverpool and Manchester City should qualify for the last 16 but TOTTENHAM are in trouble and must beat Inter Milan at home and that outcome is 4/5 with bet365.
The last televised match of the Premier League weekend is the Monday Night Football fixture between the home team in Burnley and Newcastle. The away side have lost all but one of their last matches in the Premier League on the first day of the week. Newcastle have not managed to win in nine matches away from home. Both clubs are just one point above the relegation places and this match is a six-pointer. Home advantage should be key and BURNLEY are 19/10 with Betfair to beat Newcastle.
Bristol De Mai won the Betfair Chase at Haydock last Saturday and the result caused some significant changes in the betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The biggest positive move was for a horse that did not run. PRESENTING PERCY is now the favourite for the Gold Cup at 5/1. There are huge two races on Saturday that often throw up future big race winners. The Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle could see the two leading contenders for the Champion Hurdle clash and SAMCRO is 7/4 with William Hill to beat Buveur D’Air and the rest of the field. The Ladbrokes Trophy (Hennessy) at Newbury is one of the major staying chases of the season for which TERREFORT is 20/1 with bet365 and the each way tip.
Today’s richest race is the Class 1 mares’ hurlde over three miles and a bit at Kempton (2.05). There is a small field of four runners bur only two horses are genuine contenders. The ground is not an issue for the form horse who is MIA’S STORM, the banker of the day at with 8/11 with Betfair.
The second biggest snooker tournament of the season is the UK Championship which takes place at York over the next two weeks. Only the World Championship at the end of the season has more prestige than this ranking tournament with a 128-man draw. The defending champion and number one seed is RONNIE O’SULLIVAN who is 3/1 to win a sixth title 21 years after winning the tournament for the first time.