Newcastle Can Bail Out Benitez And Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley has spent £90 million bailing out the House Of Fraser but not given Rafa Benitez much money to buy players for Newcastle and the fans are not happy. The retail entrepreneur has made a fortune selling sports gear but seems reluctant to put his hand in his pocket to improve the prospects of the club he owns. Benitez will get fed up sooner rather than later and the tipping point could be if Newcastle lose at Cardiff today but that is unlikely.
Most pundits and every bookmaker expect the Welsh club to make an immediate return to the Championship so you know things are bad if the Geordies cannot avoid defeat in today’s match. However, Newcastle were not out of their depth when losing to Tottenham in their first match and can return to the north east with three points. NEWCASTLE can win at Cardiff and that result is 31/20 with Betfair.
The London derby between the home team in Chelsea and Arsenal brings together two sides under new managers. Whereas Arsenal employed Arsene Wenger for 22 years Chelsea change managers like they are going out of fashion. Maurizio Sarri is the latest boss at Stanford Bridge but he does not fit the stereotype of an Italian coach. Arsenal looked much the same as in the old days in losing Unai Emery’s first match at home but that was against Manchester City.
The playing personnel has not changed much in both camps since last season when over 2.5 goals were scored in 55% and 68% of Chelsea and Arsenal’s matches. Attack is the best form of defence and the mentality of the men on the touchline suggests the standout bet is OVER 2.5 GOALS at 4/7 with Ladbrokes in a match in which both teams could score.
There is summer jumping at Perth and Market Rasen but the big money is on offer on the level and Newbury is the most lucrative of six Flat meetings in Britain and Ireland today. The feature is the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs at 3.35pm. Horses aged three get a handy five pounds from older runners. The heart says Librisa Breeze can win and the owner is the chairman of Brighton FC who have a huge home match against Manchester United in the Premier League. However, the head says GUSTAV KLIMT will be impossible to beat receiving weight so the horse must be backed at 2/1 with Coral.