Another weekend in the Premier League saw Man City make it three wins in a row with a hard fought win on Merseyside against Everton. The Toffees were emphatic winners away to Southampton the week before and provided a tough test for City but their class eventually told with goals from Kolarov and substitute Nasri. The style of the football that City have been playing has meant that they are now odds on to win the league.
Chelsea got their first win of the season but were made to work hard for it by a West Brom side that can count themselves unfortunate not to have salvaged a point. An early missed penalty from Morrison proved costly in the end as they were handed a way back into the game when John Terry was sent off early in the second half as Chelsea led 3-1.
Man Utd dropped their first points of the season in a dull 0-0 at home to Newcastle. Although they still haven't conceded a goal in the league their lack of firepower must be a worry and I am sure they will try and add an attacking player before the transfer window closes.
Arsenal and Liverpool played out an entertaining nil nil draw and both sides had chances to win it. It took some brilliant saves, from Cech in particular, to keep the scores level and I think in the end Liverpool will be the happier being away from home and leaving them in third place in the table.
Australia were comfortable winners of the fifth and final match of the series, winning by an innings and 46 runs. It was England who were celebrating however, as they had already regained the Ashes in the previous test. It was a strange series with non of the matches being at all close and three of them ending inside three days. Two out of the three selections we chose at the start of the series were winners, with Steven Smith being the top overall run scorer (at 4/1) and Stuart Broad being the highest wicket taker (at 9/1), so that was pleasing.
Capital One Cup
It's the second round of the Capital one cup tonight and it's the first round that the Premiership teams that are not in Europe enter. I am sure there will be a lot of tinkering with teams and there are usually a few upsets in the early rounds because of this. There are however a few matches where either the Premier League of Championship team have good squads and should still be plenty strong enough to take care of their lower league opponents. Therefore I have put together a five match accumulator that pays around 7.55 and looks like it has a great chance of returning.
Horse Racing - Brighton 16:15
Ed Dunlop's Rock Lobster was an easy winner at Chelmsford last week and looks sure to be in the frame despite having an extra six pounds to contend with here. However, the horse I really like in this race is Ainslie. He was an easy winner over an extended mile at Leicester in July before just failing to back that up on the all weather at Wolverhampton, finishing second by a neck. He really appeared to love the softer underfoot conditions at Leicester and with the going perhaps a little softer here, then I think he will take all the beating and looks the value bet of the day for me.
Capital One Cup - Swansea, Wolves, Stoke, Birmingham & Newcastle accumulator - 1 point @ 7.55
Brighton 16:15 Ainslie - 3 points win @ 11/8 (Rock Lobster now a non runner)