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 …

Champions League: Celtic v Barcelona Preview


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

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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

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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


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Arsenal v Tottenham Preview

arsene wengerTwo sides whose activity in the transfer market could not have been more different meet on Sunday (16:00 BST, live on Sky Sports 1) when Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the 176th North London derby.

Arsenal have money available to spend but have endured a frustrating summer, missing out on the likes of Luiz more …