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Betting News on Murray, Middlesbrough and the November Handicap

by Sean Goff | November 9, 2012

Football

Middlesbrough face Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside Stadium tonight looking to extend their eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions. A win would send the Teesiders to the top of the Championship table – two points clear of current leaders Crystal Palace – who face Derby on Saturday.

England reject Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick last night as Spurs beat Maribor 3-1 in the Europa League at White Hart Lane.

The Tottenham forward had been left out of Roy Hodgson’s squad to face Sweden away in a friendly next Wednesday but responded like a striker should ahead of the London club’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday with three well-taken goals.

Spurs need four points from their last two games against Lazio and Panathinaikos to qualify for the final 32.

Meanwhile, Liverpool paid the penalty for most of their senior squad being rested for Sunday’s trip to Chelsea when they went down 1-0 to Anzhi in Moscow and slipped to second in group A - thanks to Lacina Traore’s exquisite piece of skill.

Newcastle United came from two down against Club Bruges to draw 2-2. Two points in their last two games should see the Magpies – who were conceding goals for the first time in the competition this season – reach the last 32 .

Tennis

Andy Murray’s destiny should be in his own hands when he faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tonight for a place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals.

The Scot will advance if he beats Tsonga but only if World No 1 Novak Djokovic sees off Tomas Berdych this afternoon. If not, then the permutations of the round-robin tournament kick-in and Murray may have to record a straight-sets victory to reach the last four.

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

Rogere Federer reached his 10th semi-finals in 11 years when beating David Ferrer yesterday while Juan Martin Del Potro saw off Janko Tipsarevic to keep his hopes alive after an earlier heavy loss to Ferrer.

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

Golf

Lightning has stopped play in the second round of the Singapore Open. England’s Simon Dyson was joint leader on six-under-par 13 holes with Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat through eight when the claxon sounded. Rory McIlroy is five shots behind the leaders on the 12th.

Racing

Kieren Fallon was given a five-day ban by the Lingfield stewards yesterday for hitting his mount Two Sugars on the head as the gelding was being led into the stalks for the second time.

The curtain comes down on the flat season at Doncaster tomorrow and Henry Cecil’s First Mohican heads Paddy Power’s ante-post list in the November Handicap. The gelding was drawn 21 of 23 and the four-year-old bids to become the first winning favourite since Snow Princess in 1995.

Racing today comes from Hexham, Fontwell and Musselburgh while there evening racing from Wolverhampton and Dundalk.

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