The El Clasico certainly lived up to the hype last night as Real Madrid and Barcelona played out a thrilling 2-2 draw last night. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show again as both men scored a brace in a cracking encounter at the Nou Camp. The result means Barcelona stay eight points clear of Jose Mourinho’s side at this early stage. Madrid are 3/1 outsiders to lift the league title this year with Barcelona the clear 1/4 favourites.
- Watch a GIF of Messi’s belting free-kick
- Watch a GIF of Ronaldo’s brilliant opener
- Betting: Sapnish la Liga outright
In the Premiership Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City held on to the top three spots with convincing wins over the weekend. City and United both won 3-0 against Sunderland and Newcastle respectively as Chelsea thumped Norwich 4-1. City are the 13/8 favourites to retain the title with neighbours United at 21/10. Chelsea are 3/1 for the crown.
At the bottom QPR were beaten 3-2 by high-flying West Brom and stay rock-bottom of the league. Reading are also in the bottom three after throwing away a lead to draw 2-2 with Swansea. Norwich are 8/13 to go down with new boys Reading at 5/6 and Mark Hughes’ Rovers at 21/10.
The saying ‘trebles for show, doubles for dough’ has never been more true than when the Grand Prix of darts comes to Dublin. The tournament is the only one on the PDC tour that uses the ‘double in, double out’ format and in the 14 times it has taken place Phil Taylor has won 10. Last year the Power beat Brendan Dolan 6-3 in the final after Dolan had become the first man to hit the magic 9-darter in this format.
Unsurprisingly then the Power is the 8/13 favourite to make it 11 Grand Prix titles with World Champ Adrian Lewis at 8/1 in the betting. Two-time winner James Wade is 10/1 and the in-form Simon Whitlock is a tasty 12/1 shot.
Camelot will stay in training as a four-year-old according to connections after finishing seventh in heavy ground to Solemia in yesterday’s Prix de l’arc de Triomphe. The French heroine produced a stunning late run to pip Japanese wonder-horse Orfevre on the line.
Today’s racing comes from Pontefract, Windsor, Wolverhampton and Tipperary. The Sun newspaper’s top tipster Templegate has picked a cracking double at Ponte to try to brighten up your Monday.
‘Stunning View is worth a look in the 4.40pm. John Gosden trains this handicap debutant who seemed to be getting his act together when third at Lingfield in July’, says the tipster. ‘He is by a USA sire whose offspring routinely improve with experience’.
‘Steer By The Stars has a shot in the 2.40pm. He met trouble at Catterick where he dropped his reigns inside the final furlong yet still only lost by a short head’.