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Betting news on transfer madness, the US Open and Europa League

by Aidan Elder | August 31, 2012

Morning update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport

Football

It’s the last day for clubs to snap up players that probably won’t cover up for the team’s weaknesses. There are far too many possible transfers to discuss in this section, but Michael Owen is confident of securing a physio’s table to inhabit somewhere. The former Liverpool star and Manchester United benchwarmer tweeted to say a several clubs are interested in giving him money for an uncertain amount in return.

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Elsewhere, it’s expected to be a busy day at Loftus Road as QPR secured deals for anyone in the world who is not yet a QPR player.

Stuff that is actually happening:
Rafael van der Vaart will be taking his remarkable ability to be brilliant for the first half of the season and then disappear for the second half of the season to Hamburg as Andre Villas-Boas continues his major restructuring of the Spurs squad.

– Aston Villa are going to be Clint Dempsey’s refuge after throwing his toys out of the pram at Fulham.

Nicklas Bendtner will be flashing his Paddy Power Lucky Pants for Juventus in future.

– After shipping Andy Carroll out on loan to West Ham, Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers is looking to offload Charlie Adam to Stoke and Jay Spearing to Bolton on loan.

Scott Sinclair is supposedly in Manchester and not just because his girlfriend wants to hit the Trafford Centre for a spending spree. He’s said to be putting the finishing touches on his move from Swansea to Manchester City.

The Europa League draw happens this morning and the presence of some big clubs makes it more interesting than it normally is. Liverpool and Newcastle both booked their places with unconvincing performances last night and join Tottenham in the draw for the group stage. Being in pot 1, the Reds and Spurs will avoid the likes of European giants Inter Milan, Marseille, Lyon, defending champions Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon, but there’s every chance Newcastle in pot 3 will be handed a tough draw. Athletic Bilbao, Napoli and Rubin Kazan are some of the names all the English teams would prefer to avoid.

Liverpool and Tottenham are both amongst the favourites for the competition at 14/1 with Newcastle far from ruled out of the running at 25/1, which isn’t too bad in a notoriously open tournament.

Betting: Europa League outright

Tennis

It was an eventful day at Flushing Meadows yesterday with plenty of surprises. First and foremost is Andy Roddick’s decision to hang up his booming serve. The winner of the US Open in 2003 will retire a whenever he gets knocked out of this edition of the event. He may not have long to wait as he goes up against Australian up and coming head-case, Bernard Tomic in the second round.

Some may argue that one Grand Slam title wasn’t a great return for the 30 year old American, but we’re sure it doesn’t bother him too much as he goes home to his supermodel wife and huge piles of money.

On the court, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga continues to blow hot and cold like a broken air conditioner. The Wimbledon semi-finalist got turfed out of the US Open in the second round, losing to Martin Klizan in four sets. Roger Federer cruised through in straight sets, whilst Feliciano Lopez earned the right to be perved on by Judy Murray on Saturday by beating Pablo Andujar. He will be Andy Murray’s third round opponent on Saturday. Everything else in the men’s draw pretty much went as you’d expect.

That’s not the case in the women’s draw as Venus Williams cemented her place as the less good sister by losing out to Angelique Kerber in the second round at Flushing Meadows. In contrast, Serena trounced Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in two straightforward sets. She’s now 4/5 favourite to win her fourth US Open. Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanksa, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Kirilenko are among the other big names who avoided getting knocked out on Day Four.

Cricket

England take on South Africa in the 3rd ODI later today. It’s been a dramatic week for the hosts, but they badly need a win after defeat in the Tests and a sound hammering in the first match they got to play in this series on Tuesday.

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