Archive | October, 2013

Premier League: Arsenal v Liverpool Preview

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Wenger: Arsenal 2nd highest league scorers

Two of the Premier League’s early season pace setters meet on Saturday when league leaders Arsenal entertain Liverpool at the Emirates (17:30 GMT, live on Sky Sports 1).

Arsenal are two points clear at the top of the table, with 22 points from seven wins, one draw and one defeat. They have not lost in the league since their opening day home defeat to Aston Villa and have won all three of their subsequent home matches.

Arsene Wenger’s men are the second highest scorers in the league and have, at times, produced some breathtaking football. Aaron Ramsey has been a driving force in midfield with five goals and four more …

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview: Vettel seeks Ascari record

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Lewis Hamilton: excellent record at Yas Marina

Despite sealing his fourth consecutive Formula One Drivers’ Championship in India last Sunday, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will want to keep his winning run going with victory at this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Race, Sunday, 13:00 GMT, live on Sky Sports F1).

Vettel was a comfortable winner in India, qualifying on pole position and finishing the race nearly half a minute clear of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes. It was his sixth consecutive victory, leaving him just three short of equalling Alberto more …

Breeders Cup Mile Preview: Hannon to strike Olympic gold

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Richard Hannon: Seeks Breeders Cup Glory

Like the earlier Breeders Cup Turf, the Breeders’ Cup Mile (11.40pm, Santa Anita Park, Saturday) was one of the original seven races run during the inaugural Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park in 1984. The race brings together the best milers from Europe and North America, who compete for a purse of $2 million around two bends on the turf course.

This year, Europe is represented by Olympic Glory, trained by Richard Hannon, and Cristoforo Colombo, more …

Breeders Cup Turf Preview: The Fugue on song

The Breeders’ Cup Turf (10.22pm, Santa Anita Park, Saturday), run over a mile and a half, has proved a happy hunting ground for European horses in recent years, with horses trained in Britain, Ireland or France winning seven of the last ten renewals. more …

Premier League: Chelsea v Man City Preview

Pellegrini: May have to settle for low-scoring draw

Two of the early season favourites for the Premier League title meet on Sunday when Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge (Sunday, 16:00 BST, live on Sky Sports 1).

Chelsea are currently second in the table, two points behind leaders Arsenal with 17 points from five wins, two draws and one defeat. After a patchy start to the season the Blues come into this fixture on the back of four consecutive victories in all competitions. more …

Racing Post Trophy Preview & Tips: Johnny be good at 16/1

Favourites have often triumphed in the Racing Post Trophy (3.50pm, Doncaster, Saturday) but with no clear market leader, this looks to be the most open renewal of the Group 1 horse race for two-year-olds for many seasons. more …

Indian Grand Prix Preview: Still some Vettel value

Sebastian Vettel will hope to wrap up the 2013 Formula One Drivers’ Championship in style with victory at this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 10:30am BST, live on BBC 1 / Sky Sports 1). more …

Champions League: Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

mezutozilArsenal have made an impressive start to their Champions League campaign but will face the toughest test of their credentials to date when they host last year’s losing finalists Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday (19:45, live on ITV 1).

The Gunners top Group F on six points after wins away to Marseille and at home to Napoli. Dortmund and Napoli are tied in second on three points, while Marseille prop up the group with no points to their name.  more …

QEII Betting Tips & Preview: Get the Max factor

Jim BolgerThe Queen Elizabeth II Stakes is the most valuable mile race in Europe with £1million in guaranteed prize money (3.30pm, Ascot, Saturday).

Soft ground means that Toronado declines the opportunity to take on Dawn Approach (9/4) for the fourth time this season, leaving Jim Bolger’s (pictured) 2,000 Guineas and St. James’s Palace Stakes winner as clear favourite. more …

Champion Stakes Preview: Morandi the merrier at 16/1

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Jean-Claude Rouget: Can land Champion for France

The Champion Stakes is the climax of the UK flat season with £1.3 million on offer. A trio of French challengers line up at 4.05pm at Ascot on Saturday with live hopes of carrying the spoils across the Channel.

Cirrus Des Aigles is the clear favourite at 11/10, bidding to regain the Champion Stakes crown that he lost to Frankel last year. But the jury is out on whether he retains the more …

Premier League: Man Utd v Southampton Betting Tips

Manchester United are still searching for consistency at this early stage of the season and will face a serious test of their credentials when they welcome high-flying Southampton to Old Trafford (15:00 BST, Saturday). more …

Premier League: Newcastle v Liverpool Preview

luis suarezNewcastle United host Liverpool at St James’ Park on Saturday (12:45 BST, live on BT Sport 1) hoping for three points to push on after a mixed start to the season.

The Magpies are 11th in the table with 10 points from three wins, one draw and three defeats. After two consecutive losses, they then performed well in a 2-1 victory away to Cardiff in their more …

World Cup Qualifier: England v Poland Preview & Tips

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Hodgson: Can expect comfortable win

After victory over Montenegro on Friday, England can confirm their place at the 2014 World Cup by defeating Poland at Wembley on Tuesday (20:00 BST, live on ITV 1).

Friday’s win guaranteed England of at least a playoff place, taking the Group H leaders to 19 points, four more than current third place occupants Montenegro. With just one round of matches left to play, they cannot finish lower than second in the group.

The ideal result would, of course, be to qualify automatically by winning the group. With second-placed Ukraine facing an easy home fixture more …

Cesarewitch Preview: Bet on Henderson hat-trick

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Nicky Henderson: Can land his third Cesarewitch

The Cesarewitch is always an intriguing puzzle for punters. This year 36 horses line up with the hope of winning Europe’s joint richest handicap (3.50pm Newmarket, Saturday).

Ultra consistent four-year-old, Tiger Cliff (9/1) has never been out of the first three in his seven runs. He has proven stamina, coming second in the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot over two miles four furlongs. He was beaten by two and a half lengths by Jonjo O’Neill’s Well Sharp and has more …

Japanese Grand Prix Preview & Tips

Sebastian Vettel extended his already imposing lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship with victory in Korea last time out and could be crowned champion if results go his way at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 07:00am BST, live on BBC1 & Sky Sports F1). more …

World Cup Qualifier: England v Montenegro Preview

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Wayne Rooney: Good bet to score at any time

England host Montenegro at Wembley on Friday (20:00 BST, live on ITV 1) knowing that victory will guarantee them a playoff to qualify for next year’s World Cup regardless of results in the final round of fixtures next Tuesday.

England currently top qualifying group H with 16 points from four wins and four draws. They are one point ahead of Ukraine in second and Montenegro in third, with next Tuesday’s opponents Poland maintaining a watching brief in more …

Arc Preview & Betting Tips: Get 12/1 World domination

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Ryan Moore: can prove Ruler of the Arc

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the highlight of the European flat season. The field of 17 lining up at Longchamp on Sunday (3.15pm) contains talent aplenty, including some from well beyond Europe.

Orfevre is the 2/1 favourite, bidding to become the first Japanese trained horse to take the Arc. Last year he came second by a neck to Carlos Laffon-Parias’ Solemia after having the worst more …

Premier League: Man City v Everton Preview

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Martinez: His Everton stats better than under Moyes

Manchester City have endured an inconsistent start to the season and will have to be at their best to take three points when they host undefeated Everton at the Etihad stadium on Saturday (12:45 BST, live on BT Sports 1).

City are seventh in the nascent Premier League table with 10 points from three wins, one draw and two defeats. They are the league’s top scorers with 14 goals, but have also conceded over a goal per match in their six fixtures to date. New manager more …

Korean Grand Prix: Vettel to reign in wet

Sebastian Vettel recorded his third straight victory a fortnight ago in Singapore and the Red Bull driver looks set to continue his march towards a fourth consecutive Formula One drivers’ championship at this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 07:00am BST, live on Sky Sports F1). more …

Strictly Come Dancing Betting Tips

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Clancy: 4/1 to go all the way

The celebrities have only taken to the dance floor once but there are already some major movers in the Strictly Come Dancing betting.  We identify the ones to watch if you want to pick the winner and have food for thought on the first money-making opportunity – who might be the first out.

Strictly fans will know that it is often celebrities who are not at the bottom of the leaderboard after the judges’ scores that find themselves in danger after the viewers’ vote. It tends to be those more …