Archive | September, 2013

Champions League: Celtic v Barcelona Preview

neillennon

Neil Lennon: Planning another major upset

Celtic will be hoping lightning strikes twice on Tuesday (19:45 BST, live on ITV1) when they host reigning Spanish champions Barcelona on the second match day of the Champions League group stage.

Celtic caused a major upset when they beat Barca 2-1 at Celtic Park last year. After an encouraging display in their defeat away to AC Milan in the first match of this year’s group stage, manager Neil more …

Premier League: Sunderland v Liverpool Preview

Bottom of the table and without a permanent manager, Sunderland come into their match against Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on Sunday (16:00 BST, live on Sky Sports 1) in dire need of a morale-boosting three points. more …

Cambridgeshire Preview: Tip Top Tonto

brian ellison

Brian Ellison: Top Notch Cambridgeshire chance

The Cambridgeshire at Newmarket (Saturday, 3.50pm) is always a notoriously tricky 35-runner handicap for punters and this looks to be a particularly challenging renewal.

Both favourites and outsiders have prevailed in the past but favourites have a 25% strike rate over the past 20 years. Brian Ellison’s Top Notch Tonto (14/1) is towards the head of the market after he posted an impressive, unexpected win in the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock on September 7. He defied his starting price of 22/1 to give his trainer his first more …

Spurs v Chelsea Preview: Villas-Boas master blaster

andre villas boas

AVB: apprentice can beat master @ 9/5

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to continue their strong start to the Premier League season when they host Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday (12:45 BST, live on BTsport1).

This match has been billed as master versus apprentice, with Spurs’ boss Andre Villas-Boas having previously worked on the coaching team of Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, including during Mourinho’s first spell in West London.

The younger coach’s Spurs side have won four of their five matches to date and currently sit second in the table on 12 points, level more …

Premier League: Manchester City v Man Utd Preview

Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini

The two most recent Premier League champions meet at the Etihad stadium on Sunday when Man City host Man Utd in the 166th Manchester derby (16:00 BST, Sky Sports 1).

The match will be Manuel Pellegrini’s first derby in charge of City, but he is no stranger to intense rivalry, having previously coached in the highest profile matches in both Argentina (for River Plate against Boca Juniors) and Spain (for more …

Ayr Gold Cup Preview: Mass appeal at 20/1

jack dexter

Jack Dexter: bids to defy poor record of topweights

The Ayr Gold Cup (Saturday, 3.50pm) has traditionally been a graveyard for favourites. Only one has prevailed since 1980, David Barron’s Coastal Bluff (3/1) in 1996. This year Jim Goldie’s topweight Jack Dexter is the 8/1 favourite for reasons that are easy to understand.

He won his most recent start, the Group 3 Chipchase Stakes over six furlongs at Newcastle on 29 June. In his more …

Singapore Grand Prix: Hamilton the value

lewis hamilton

Hamilton: Value for Singapore podium finish

Sebastian Vettel’s inexorable march towards a fourth consecutive Formula One drivers’ championship continued unabated in Italy and he will be hopeful of another strong result at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 13:00 BST, live on Sky Sports F1).

Vettel dominated in Italy, taking pole position and converting it into a comfortable victory to extend his championship lead to 53 points with seven races remaining. Car failures aside, it is now hard to see any of his competitors beating more …

Champions League: Man Utd v Bayer Leverkusen Preview

wayne rooney

Rooney: Can help Man Utd to victory @ 10/11

Following a relatively comfortable domestic victory on Saturday, Manchester United kick off their Champions League campaign with the visit of Bayer Leverkusen to Old Trafford on Tuesday (19:45 BST, live on ITV1).

United and Leverkusen are two of the four teams who make up Group A, with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk and Spain’s Real Sociedad completing the line-up. It is one of the toughest groups and United will be wary of the need more …

Premier League: Swansea v Liverpool Preview

wilfriedbonyLiverpool are the only Premier League side with a 100% record at this early stage of the season but will have their work cut out maintaining it when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea (20:00 BST, Monday, live on Sky Sports 1).

Swansea began the season with consecutive defeats to Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, but gave a decent account of more …

St Leger Tips & Preview: Leading Light to shine at Doncaster

joseph o'brien

Joseph O’Brien: Can land the final Classic

The St Leger presents a fascinating challenge for punters on Saturday as it looks to be a particularly open renewal of this final Classic of the season (3.50pm, Doncaster).

David Wachman’s Galileo Rock (9/2) has proved more consistent than the majority of his rivals and looks progressive. He opened his season in the Sandown Classic Trial over one mile and two furlongs in April. He put his best work more …

Premier League: Everton v Chelsea Preview

robertomartinezTwo of the Premier League’s remaining three undefeated sides square off on Saturday when Everton host Chelsea at Goodison Park (17:30 BST, live on Sky Sports 1) .

Everton have started the season with three consecutive draws, the last two of which were goalless, but having bolstered his squad more …

World Cup Qualifier: Ukraine v England Preview

joe hart

Joe Hart: Will have more to do against Ukraine

England recorded a comfortable 4-0 win against Moldova on Friday but face a much stiffer test when they travel to Kiev to take on World Cup qualification rivals Ukraine on Tuesday (19:45 BST, live on ITV1).

Victory over Moldova elevated England to the top of Group H following Montenegro’s 1-1 draw away in more …

Haydock Betfred Sprint Cup Preview: May the Force be with you

lethal forceThe prestigious Betfred Sprint Cup (3.50pm, Saturday) is the highlight at Haydock, attracting the fastest horses aged three or older.

Over the last ten years, favourites have come in three times but two 14/1 shots have also prevailed. The statistics provide no more …

Italian Grand Prix Preview: Vettel To Dominate

sebastian vettelTwo weeks after Sebastian Vettel’s (pictured) comfortable victory in Belgium, the Formula One paddock reconvenes for the final European race of the season, the Italian Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 13:00 BST, live on BBC / Sky Sports F1) at the historic Monza circuit in Northern Italy.

Vettel overtook pole sitter Lewis Hamilton on the first lap in Belgium and dominated thereafter, enjoying an incident free race that saw him extend more …

World Cup Qualifier: England v Moldova

roy hodgsonWith three teams tightly bunched at the head of their World Cup qualification group, England will be looking to kick off the September double header with a comfortable victory at home to Moldova on Friday (20:00 BST, live on ITV 1).

England are currently second in Group H, one point ahead of the Ukraine, whom they face in Kiev next Tuesday. more …