Soccer – Cech hoping for Europa League glory
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has called on the Blues to win the Europa League, following their early exit from the Champions League. The west London club are 15/2 to win the Europa League with bet365, after becoming the first holders of the Champions League to be knocked out of the competition after the group stages. Chelsea’s 6-1 win over Nordsjaelland on Wednesday night ended up meaning nothing, as Juventus’ 1-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk saw the Italian champions progress; along with the Ukrainians. Cech says he now wants his team-mates to try and make up for their Champions League disappointment, by winning the Europa League. “We will play the Europa League, so we are still in European competition and we can finish the year with a major trophy,” said the Czech shot stopper.
England are 6/4 to beat India in the third Test with bet365, after captain Alastair Cook’s record-breaking 23rd century on day two in Kolkata. The 27-year-old not only became the youngest Test player to pass the 7,000 run mark, but also climbed to the top of a list of England’s all-time centurions as he scored 100 for the third match running against the host nation. Having dismissed India for 316, England made a strong start to their response, Cook and fellow opener Nick Compton putting on 165 runs before Compton went for 57. Jonathan Trott joined Cook at the crease as England steadily ate away at India’s lead, reaching stumps at 216-1 with Cook on 136 and Trott on 21.
Soccer – Cleverley out of derby
Manchester United have been dealt a blow with the news that Tom Cleverley will miss the Manchester derby, a game the Red Devils are 6/5 to win with bet365. The England midfielder was forced off during the first half of United’s 1-0 defeat to Cluj in the Champions League on Wednesday with a calf injury. Cleverley has been sent for a scan but Sir Alex Ferguson doesn’t expect the 23-year-old to feature against arch rivals Manchester City on Sunday. “Tom felt his calf a little bit,” said Ferguson. “We will assess it in the morning but it is not good news.” For this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash between Manchester City and Manchester United we’ve got a free In-Play bet offer. To qualify for your free In-Play bet, simply place a pre-match bet on the game and we will give you a free In-Play bet to the same stake once the match has kicked off.