West Brom and Southampton polish off the weekend’s action tonight in the Premier League ahead of the do-or-die Champions League ties for the British contingent in the Champions League and Europa League this week.
The Saints welcome back record signing Gaston Ramirez and will hoist themselves off the foot of the table if they manage to take all three points away to Steve Clarke’s Baggies and possibly save manager Nigel Adkins job in the process.
West Brom pillaged 14 points from their first seven games under Clarke this season but late defeats to Manchester City and Newcastle recently has knocked them back on their heels.
And Paddy Power columnist Andy Gray fancies the Baggies to run out 3-1 winners at 11/1 in Paddy Power’s online betting.
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The race that stops a nation – and interrupts a good night’s sleep – goes to post in the early hours of tomorrow morning when 24 runners line up for the Melbourne Cup.
Last year’s winner Dunaden makes a repeat bid but has to give plenty of weight to runner-up Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop)and fourth-placed Americain (Alain de Royer-Dupre) if he is to regain his crown in the AUS $6m showpiece.
Curragh trainer Dermot Weld’s is going for his third win in the world’s richest handicap and has the Racing Post’s Pricewise on his side who fancies the trainer’s Galileo’s Choice to deliver the goods at about 14/1.
Europe mounts a strong challenge with eighth runners and Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani has shipped both Mount Athos and My Quest for Peace Down Under to break his hoodoo after seven years of heartache.
Andy Murray gets his challenge for the ATP World Tour Finals in London underway against Tomas Berdych this afternoon as he tries to stop Roger Federer landing the event for the third time in a row.
But it won’t be easy for the reigning Olympic and US Open champion as he’ll have to qualify from a trappy Group A containing Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Berdych first.
Federer beat Tsonga in the final last year and Djokovic in 2011 and the runners-up face each other tonight in the second Group A encounter before Federer faces Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic tomorrow afternoon in Group B.
And don’t worry if you’re not near the telly because all the games are being streamed live on PPtv.