Birthday boy Ferguson 3-1 to retire in 2013

BIRTHDAY boy Sir Alex Ferguson is 71 on New Year's Eve but the Manchester United manager has shown no sign of losing his hunger and determination to succeed.

However, Betfred are betting on when Ferguson decides to leave Old Trafford with 2014 the 2-1 favourite and it’s 3-1 he departs in 2013, with the veteran Scot 14-1 to continue until at least 2017.

United will head into 2013 with a seven-point advantage at the Premier League summit and bookmakers rate them 2-5 to win the title this season.

Match in Focus

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Ireland v Oman

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Oman have kept clean sheets in nine of their last ten matches
Expert verdict
Anyone expecting an easy home win for Ireland over Oman may be disappointed. When the fixture was announced it may not have seemed great preparation for the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers but Oman are a well-organised side – conceding just one goal in their last ten games – and may maintain parity until half-time.

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