England, 4/1 with bet365 to win the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, will be without both captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Alex Hales for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh. Both Morgan and Hales have opted out of the tour due to concerns over safety, with the absence of the former meaning that wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler will lead the side for the three one-day internationals, which start in early October
Novak Djokovic says he has enjoyed a ‘pretty good year’, despite being beaten by Stan Wawrinka in the final of the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The world number one, who triumphed at the Australian and French Opens earlier this year, was beaten 6-7 6-4 7-5 6-3 by Wawrinka in New York and had few complaints after the loss, while also insisting that 2016 has been another good year for him
Tennis – Djokovic content despite defeat
Sunderland boss David Moyes has asked his defenders to explain themselves after Monday’s 3-0 loss to Everton at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats are now 11/10 to be relegated with bet365 having collected one point from their first four matches, with Romelu Lukaku scoring an 11 minute second-half hat-trick to condemn them to defeat against the Toffees. Moyes was disappointed with the defending for Lukaku’s first two goals and says his team must improve if they are to survive this season
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Soccer – Moyes upset by Sunderland defending
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was delighted to open a new chapter in the club’s history with a win after beating Club Brugge 3-0 in the Champions League. The Foxes are now 4/7 to top Group G with bet365 after dismantling the Belgian champions on their debut in the competition, with Riyad Mahrez scoring twice and Marc Albrighton getting the other on Wednesday. After a rocky start in the Premier League, Ranieri was very happy his team performed well on their big night and hopes this is the start of another epic fairytale for Leicester.
Soccer – Ranieri delighted by winning debut
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes his team are getting better and better with every game they play after beating Borussia Monchengladbach 4-0 in the Champions League. The Spaniard has won all seven of his games in charge of the Citizens since becoming manager in the summer and his team are now 10/1 with bet365 to win the Champions League after demolishing Gladbach. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick, taking his tally to nine for the season, in the rearranged fixture, with Kelechi Iheanacho getting the fourth late on
Andy Murray has admitted Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro could be the man to end Great Britain’s Davis Cup defence at the semi-final stage this weekend. Britain, who are 11/10 with bet365 to win the Davis Cup, are gearing up to face Argentina in Glasgow with Murray hoping to continue his excellent form from the summer.
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Tennis – Del Potro threat concerns Murray
Lewis Hamilton accepts that he will have to deal with his Mercedes not being consistent off the start line for the remainder of the 2016 Formula 1 season. The two-time defending world champion leads team-mate Nico Rosberg by two points heading into the Singapore Grand Prix, having converted just three of his seven pole positions this season into victories. And the Englishman, while clearly frustrated with the problem, admits that he will just have to make the best of the situation in the battle to edge out Rosberg for the drivers’ title – with Hamilton 6/4 with bet365 to win at Marina Bay.
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Formula 1 – Hamilton hoping to make do
Opening batsmen Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed have both been included in the England squad for the upcoming two-Test series in Bangladesh. Northamptonshire left-hander Duckett wins the call for prolific form at both domestic level and for the England Lions during the summer, while Lancashire right-hander Hameed has made his name at the top of the Red Rose batting order – making centuries in each innings of a match against Yorkshire.
Aaron Ramsey has the attributes to thrive in Diego Simeone’s system
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Highlighting the Arsenal midfielder who would shine under Simeone