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Betting Update: City, Chelsea, Kaka, Mirallas

by Sean Goff | August 19, 2012

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Football

Manchester City started where they left off last season by coming from behind to win 3-2. The champions sensationally beat Southampton 3-2 after going 2-1 down with 20 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium.  City took the lead through Carloz Tevez in the 39th minute after David Silva had earlier missed a 16th-minute penalty.

Sergio Aguero was stretchered off for the champions in the 13th minute and faces an MRI scan on his knee to assess the damage. Southampton sub Rickie Lambert brought the visitors level before Steven Davis sensationally gave them the lead in the 67th minute.

City have been here before though and Edin Dzeko’s 71st minute equaliser set up a grandstand finish. Samir Nasri puts the Citizens ahead eight minutes later as a relieved City held on. 

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Kaka could be on his way to Manchester United if Twitter is to be believed. The Brazilian ace could join Alex Ferguson’s side on a season’s loan from the Bernabeau as Jose Mourinho tries to offload a weekly six-figure wage packet.

Ferguson is already plotting how to recoup some of the Robin Van Persie transfer money and reduce his own wage bill and a £5m enquiry from Sunderland for Dimitar Berbatov could come to fruition before transfer deadline day.

Everton have moved to add some firepower to their ranks by signing Kevin Mirallas (24) on a four-year-deal from Olympiakos. The Belgian striker signed too late to face Manchester United on Monday night but manager David Moyes will hope he brings his shooting boots to Merseyside after netting 20 goals in 25 matches for the Greek side last season.

Chelsea’s bank-busting transfer Eden Hazard made a solid start to his Premier League debut away to Wigan as the Blues ran out easy 2-0 winners. Roberto Di Matteo’s side sealed the three points in the first seven minutes. Goals from Branislav Ivanovic from Hazard’s pass and a Frank Lampard penalty got the Belgian international off to a winning start with his new club.

Racing

Snow Fairy made her first start since November a winning one as she won the Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday. Ed Dunlop’s mare has been pencilled in for the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on September 8 as part of her preparations for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

GAA

Kilkenny will face Leinster Final conquerors Galway in the All-Ireland final after crushing Tipperary 4-24 to 1-15 in the hurling semi-final at Croke Park today. The Cats enter their seventh final in a row as long odds-on favourites as they bid to retain their title on September 9th.

Cork take on Donegal next Sunday in the first of the football semi-finals as both sides look to book their places at Croke Park for the football final on September 23rd.

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