Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hopes are more or less over for Madrid

Certainly not the week-end that I was expecting in term of results; 2 won and 2 lost for a rather disappointing outcome. PSV and Barcelona won, but Real Madrid lost at lowly Osasuna, and at Lingfield, Buaiteoir lost 3rd place by a nose.

With the surprising defeat of Madrid, it would take a mad or brave man to think that Barcelona won't win the league title. 7 points at this stage is a really large gap to overcome. Even if Madrid succeeds in beating Barcelona at the Bernabeu (and that's a big IF), it will still have to hope Barcelona lose an extra 4 points, and without it not losing any in the process. A tough ask really and a team that cannot win at Osasuna and Almeira can hardly aspire to be usurp the crown from Barcelona.

In tennis, Murray got trounced by Djokovic in an encounter that was not even close. This demoralizing loss for the Scot has opened up the real possibility that he might never win a Grand Slam tournament. I hope that's not the case, but it's not tough to imagine otherwise after he was not able to profit from the absence of the big 2 Nadal and Federer. On the other hand, Djokovic seems to be on the upside and if he continues on his progression, he might have more Grand Slams in him. Is Federer on the downside? Too early to say.

No predictions for Monday, but there are some good match-ups coming up in the Premier League in mid-week, and of course, I'll be analyzing the race cards to see if there is anything of value in all-weather racing. Have a good week, and punt safe.

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