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Betting news on Mancini, Federer, US election

by Sean Goff | November 6, 2012

Football

It’s make or break for Manchester City’s Champions League campaign as they face the Dutch champions Ajax at the Etihad in Group D.

The Citizens face a mini-injury crisis and have to win to have even the remotest chance of progressing. Defeat will further fuel speculation over Roberto Mancini’s future after erratic tactical behaviour a fortnight ago has turned into erratic behaviour full stop from the Italian.

And with Mario Balotelli putting in for ‘paternity leave’  Mancini’s patience – at breaking point after a tetchy press conference yesterday – will be tested even further.

Arsenal travel to Germany looking to avenge their 2-0 loss to Schalke 04 the last time the side’s met at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger will hope that Andre Santos won’t start any shirt swapping until after the full-time whistle. The Gunners have lost eight of their last 13 Champions League away games and will want at least a point tonight against the free-scoring Germans.

Gordon Strachan is the early favourite to get the Scotland job after Craig Levein got the bullet yesterday. A poor start to the World Cup qualifiers and missing out on Euro 2012 did for the former Dundee United boss and it looks like the new man will have to restore some Tartan pride and build for Euro 2016.

Racing

The former Harry Dunlop-trained Green Moon (19/1) ran out a convincing winner of the Melbourne Cup earlier this morning as the European challenge failed to materialise.

Fiorente finished second with the Marco Botti-trained Jakkalberry trained at Newmarket best of the Europeans in third.

Today’s racing comes from Southwell, Redcar, Exeter, Wolverhampton and Punchestown in Ireland. The feature race of the day is at Exeter 2.50 where former Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner Cue Card and Supreme Novice Hurdler Menorah clash in the Haldon Gold Cup Chase.

Tennis

Defending champion Roger Federer takes on Janko Tipsarević at the ATP World Tour Finals in London later this afternoon.

If the final point of the match is an Ace or a Double Fault, we will refund all losing in-running bets on this match as a Free Bet on Tennis.

Andy Murray  saw off Tomas Berdych (3-6 6-3 6-4) yesterday in his bid to stop Federer’s three ATP World Tour Finals in a row attempt while Novak Djokovic saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7-6, 6-3).

And don’t worry if you’re not near the telly because all the games are being streamed live on PPtv.

Politics

It’s D-Day Stateside in the US Presidential elections as Americans go to the polls to return current President Barack Obama for another four-year term at the White House or elect Republican rival Mitt Romney.

Romney has broken with tradition and will hit the campaign trail again later to try to sway some last-minute undecided but Paddy Power has already paid out on the Commander in Chief getting four more years.

It will be close and a result is expected later on tonight.

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