Can Manchester United Win The Cup For Solskjaer?
There is a break in proceedings in the Premier League this weekend to accommodate the fourth round of the FA Cup. Thirteen teams from the top division are still involved in the competition and there are four last 32 ties that bring together two of those teams. There have only been two finalists from outside the elite clubs during the Premier League era and the cream usually rises to the top.
The tie of the round and the live match on Friday night is Arsenal’s home match against Manchester United. The visitors have now won all seven matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he is making a convincing case to be the next permanent manager at Old Trafford. If MANCHSTER UNITED win the FA Cup that should confirm his appointment and that outcome is 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
It’s the second week of the Australian Open and there is now an odds-on favourite in Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer is out after one of the biggest shocks of the season, losing to the 14sth seed Stafanos Tsitsipas. Andy Murray lost his emotional first round match but Rafael Nadal is still in the tournament. The combined price for Djokovic and Nadal is 1/2 which means its about 6/4 the field. There have been matches overnight and pending a win the tip is MILOS RAONIC at 10/1 with Betfair at the time of writing.
The biggest betting race of the week before the weekend is the Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday. It’s a wide open contest and bookmakers go 9/1 the favourite in ante post betting. Invitation Only started at 9/2 for a Grade 1 novices’ chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March so is one of the class acts in the field. There has been money for INVITATION ONLY who is 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
The same firm sponsor the Class 4 handicap over five furlongs at Wolverhampton today (4.50). Wedding Date has some decent All-Weather form but on a different type of surface. Uncle Jerry was a beaten favourite last time out and is probably carrying too much weight at this level. However, LORNA COLE is racing off a winnable mark and the horse has the form to win this race at 10/3 with Betfair.