Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United narrowly saw off Turkish side Galatasaray at Old Trafford last night winning 1-0. Michael Carrick was the man who got the goal before Nani missed a penalty in the second half. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson branded the team sloppy though for not holding on to possession during long periods. Both reigning champions Chelsea, and Celtic got their campaigns started with a point. Chelsea were 2-0 up against Juventus at Stamford Bridge before getting pegged back to 2-2. Check out Brazilian Oscars stunning second goal on his first start for the blues.
Celtic’s game with Benfica ended goal-less. Barcelona came from 2-1 down to beat Spartak Moscow 3-2 and they are the 13/5 favourites to lift the title. United are 9/1, with Chelsea at 16/1 to regain their crown and Celtic are long outsiders at 500/1.
There is a bucket-load of Europa League action tonight with Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle all involved in the competition. Liverpool travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys and will be playing a young team themselves after leaving a number of senior players, such as Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Glen Johnson back in Merseyside. They are the 8/5 favourites for the tricky contest. Alan Pardew’s Newcastle have a tough away fixture to Maritimo and are 12/5 outsiders to come back to Tyneside with all three points. Meanwhile Spurs host Lazio at White Hart Lane in one of the tastiest fixtures of the evening and are odds-on at 17/20 to beat the Italians.
The Twenty20 World Cup continues in Sri Lanka this afternoon with South Africa facing Zimbabwe.
South Africa are the highest ranked Twenty20 team and are the red-hot favourites to give Zimbabwe a thumping at 1/14. Twenty20 can be full of surprises though and Zimbabwe are 15/2 to cause an upset and surprise the favourites.
England get their campaign underway tomorrow with their opening match against Afghanistan who they are expected to beat comfortably by the bookies.
Money-Back Special – If any match is decided on the final ball, we will refund all losing match bets on that match.
There is plenty of cracking racing today from Yarmouth, Pontefract, Kempton Park and the Listowel Festival continues in Ireland. Unfortunately the meeting at Ayr has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.
The Sun’s tipster Templegate has been on a bit of a roll of late and has picked out a nap in one of the evening races at Kempton. He fancies the 3/1 favourite Primaeval in the 8.10pm Conditions Stakes.
He’s won five times from eight visits to this track and has been in good form on turf this summer. His change of pace is much more potent on the sand and he should be able to get a decent position from his good draw.
Don’t forget the Money-Back Special on all races at Kempton this evening. If your horse is beaten into second by a neck or less you’ll get your money back!