Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling not to get too greedy as the 17-year-old wants double the 20k per week that the Reds are prepared to offer him according to the Daily Mirror. The winger has started 13 of Liverpool’s 14 Premier League games this season and is due to sign a new contract on his 18th birthday on Saturday week.
The Reds are 2/5 to beat Southampton at home on Saturday after their seven match unbeaten run came to an end against Spurs in mid-week.
Rafa Benitez is feeling the heat at Chelsea (10/11) already and the temperature will be ratcheted up a few notches for their visit to West Ham in Saturday’s early kick-off at Upton Park.
Two points and no goals wasn’t in the brochure when Roman Abramovich came calling after Roberto Di Matteo’s dismissal and Chelsea need to score – and win – quickly if they aren’t to give the two Manchester clubs a soft lead in the title race.
The much-maligned Fernando Torres has scored six times in six league games against West Ham and Benitez desperately needs him to put one in the onion sack tomorrow to lift the pressure off both.
Manchester United (2/5) look to extend their lead at the top when they face Reading away in the late fixture on Saturday evening while cross-town rivals City (8/15) take on Everton who are the last side to beat the Citizens at the Etihad before their 36-game unbeaten home run started.
And just as City look like they’ve rediscovered last season’s form, the Sun reports that Jose Mourinho is waiting in the wings to take over at the club should Mancini depart.
It’s day two of the Hennessy meeting at Newbury and David Pipe’s impressive novice chaser Dynaste (2.05) who hacked up at Cheltenham earlier this month faces six rivals (2.05) as education over the bigger obstacles continues.
Saturday’s Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Bobs Worth won this contest last season ahead of RSA glory at the Festival and Nicky Henderson’s runner will face 18 rivals in tomorrow’s big race.
Musselburgh, Doncaster and Wolverhampton are the support cards in the UK while there’s racing at Thurles and Dundalk in Ireland.