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Betting news on Di Matteo, McIlroy, Benny the Swinger

by Sean Goff | November 21, 2012

Football

A bad night for Chelsea got even worse for Roberto Di Matteo as he was sacked this morning by Chelsea.

The Blues 3-0 loss at Juventus in Group E leaves them on the brink of becoming the first holders of the competition to go out at the group stages and given Roman Abramovich’s ‘we need a new manager’ track record to every reverse – Di Matteo got his marching orders.

That’s what happens when you only win an FA Cup and Champions League in your first season as a Premier League boss. Only himself to blame, right Roman?

Chelsea are apparently talking to former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez as a replacement with ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola’s name also in the frame.

Celtic’s 2-1 loss at Benfica means they must wait until the last game to see if they’ll qualify for the knock-out stages from Group G. They face Spartak Moscow while Benfica must travel to Barcelona who are already through. Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at Galatasary was just a bit of admin as United had already qualified as Group H winners.

Manchester City and Arsenal will try to reverse last night’s whitewash for British clubs in Europe when they take on Real Madrid and Montpellier respectively tonight.

City must beat Real to stay alive in Group D for the final game while Arsenal – reportedly interested in a Thierry Henry loan deal in January – also need to win at home against Montpellier in Group B to keep their qualification hopes alive.

If Ronaldo scores the last goal for Madrid, we will refund all losing First/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.

Golf

Europe ’s top golfers bring the curtain down on the 2012 season with the $8m Dubai World Championship at the Earth Course this weekend.

World No1 Rory McIlroy missed only his third cut in the UBS Hong Kong Open last time and will be looking to round off his season in style after becoming the leading money earner on the European and US Tours this year.

A victory at the $8 million tournament will allow McIlroy to overtake Tiger Woods as the all-time leading money earner in a single season. Woods amassed a combined PGA and European Tour earning of $11,557,729 in 2007. A victory for McIlroy would put him $395,857 ahead of Woods.

But Ian Poulter has been on fire recently winning the HSBC WGC Champions title in China and finishing runner-up to Adam Scott in the Australian Masters while Luke Donald is back up to World No 2 after winning in Japan.

If an English golfer wins, Paddy Power will refund losing outright bets on the golfer(s) who finish second.

Racing

Jockey Brendan Powell had a day he’ll want to forget – but won’t be allowed to – at Fakenham yesterday when he allowed Benny the Swinger to take the wrong course after being when well clear. Paddy Power punters didn’t lose out though as Paddy forked out £100,000 when paying out on both Benny the Swinger (5/4f) and  Peak Seasons (17/2) as winners.

Paddy said:

I’m a punter as well as a bookie and if I’d backed a 5-4 favourite beaten in such circumstances, I’d certainly be hoping that my layer coughed up.

Today’s meeting at Warwick has been abandoned but racing goes ahead at Lingfield, Hexham, Fairyhouse and Kempton.

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  1. elflaco said on November 21, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Apparently Rafa Benitez has already been sacked by Chelsea.

  2. Paul said on November 21, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    your genius will be rewarded

  3. elflaco said on November 21, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    Haha it’s a 3rd-hand joke. I’m not sure who the original source is, but he deserves the credit :)

  4. elflaco said on November 21, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Ah, cheers Paul! #ill-gottengains

  5. Paul said on November 21, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    very welcome

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