John Terry will be expected to wear an anti-racism armband tonight when Chelsea take on Shakhtar Donetsk. Terry is currently serving a four-match domestic ban and paying a £220,000 fine for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Paddy is expecting tonight’s game to be close with the hosts at 8/5 and Chelsea at 7/4 in the betting. Terry has a habit of performing exceptionally when surrounded by controversy so the 15/2 that he scores any time could be worth a quid.
United are also in action when Sporting Braga come to Old Trafford and a win for the Reds will give them one foot in the next round. Rio Ferdinand will not get disciplined for refusing to wear a ‘Kick It Out’ shirt on Saturday. Alex Ferguson was angry that the defender hadn’t worn the shirt and threatened to ‘deal with it’, however now it seems the problem has been put to bed and Rio could be given a new contract with United. The Reds are the well-backed 4/11 favourites for the game.
Elsewhere Celtic have the most daunting task as they head to the Nou Camp to face the four-time champions Barcelona. The Hoops are a massive 25/1 to come away from Spain with three points and even the draw is as big as 10/1.
Ricky Hatton has vowed that there will be no more bingeing and boozing in between fights now he is making his boxing comeback.
The ‘Hitman’ was knocked out by Manny Paquiao three years ago but is back in the ring facing Vyacheslav Senchenko in Manchester on 24th November. And Hatton has promised the lifestyle that almost called him in his prime is finished.
Racing today comes from Exeter, Lingfield, Yarmouth and Fairyhouse.
The Sun newspaper’s leading tipster Templegate is in good form and his nap of the day runs in the 4.40pm at Exeter.
‘Rocky Creek is ready to roll. This Irish point-to-point winner showed lots of promise over hurdles last season. He should be better switched to chasing and it’s good to see Ruby Walsh coming to Ireland to ride him’.