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 …

Liverpool v Manchester United

David Moyes is no stranger to grudge matches on Merseyside and will be hopeful of obtaining a positive result when he takes his Manchester United side to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday (13:30 BST, live on Sky Sports 1). more …

Monday Premier League: Man Utd v Chelsea Preview

jose mourinhoDavid Moyes would have liked to face easy opposition in his first home match in charge of Manchester United, but instead it is Jose Mourinho’s (pictured) Chelsea who travel to Old Trafford on Monday (20:00 BST, live on Sky Sports 1) in the clear pick of this weekend’s fixtures.

Moyes’ reign began with an excellent 4-1 win away to Swansea last Saturday, but the victory was not quite as comfortable as the winning more …

Belgian Grand Prix Preview: Kimi Can

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Hamilton for pole, but Kimi for the race

After a month-long summer break the Formula One paddock reconvenes for the Belgian Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 13:00 BST, live on BBC / Sky Sports F1 ) at the drivers’ favourite Spa-Franchochamps circuit.

Lewis Hamilton recorded his first win for Mercedes last time out in Hungary, driving superbly from pole position to build up the necessary gaps to stay ahead after each of his pit spots and take victory. more …

Nunthorpe Stakes Preview: Shea Class

The Nunthorpe Stakes (3.40pm, York, Friday) is one of the few races in which two-year-olds have the chance take on their elders. Sadly, there are no juveniles in the field this year but, interestingly, Kingsgate Native, who won the race as a two-year-old back more …

Juddmonte International Preview & Betting Tips

roger charltonThe Juddmonte International Stakes (3.40pm, York, Wednesday) is the last middle-distance race in the Qipco British Champion Series before the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October and has attracted a small but select field of some of the best middle-distance colts in the country.

Trainer Roger Charlton’s (pictured) Al Kazeem (5/4) has proved something of a revelation since returning from more than a year off at more …

Man City v Newcastle Preview

With a new manager on board and in the region of £100 million lavished on new players, Manchester City will be looking to get their season off to a strong start when they host Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium on Monday (20:00 BST, live on Sky Sports). more …

Swansea v Manchester United Preview & Tips

Reigning Premier League champions Man Utd begin their defence with a potentially tricky visit to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (17:30 BST, live on Sky Sports 1) to face a Swansea side hoping to build on two excellent seasons in the top flight. more …

England v Scotland Preview

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Hodgson: Undefeated in five this year

On the eve of the new Premier League season, England and Scotland lock horns for the first time in 14 years in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday (19:00 BST, live on ITV1).

The first international match was contested by these two countries in 1872. They have met on a total of 110 occasions, but only three times since the annual match between them was scrapped in 1989.

This fixture represents the centrepiece of the English Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations and with the historical rivalry more …

King George Preview & Tips: Go Hell For Leather

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Bolger: Can land Ascot’s King George

The prestigious King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes has attracted the highest rated horse in the world (3.50pm, Ascot, Saturday). Corine Barande-Barbe’s Cirrus Des Aigles is rated nearly a stone better than his closest rival in this field of eight. He has understandably been the clear favourite (best priced at 7/4) since news of St Nicholas Abbey’s career-ending injury broke.

If you are dubious about ratings, Cirrus Des Aigles must merit some respect for getting closer to Frankel than any other horse last year. He finished within two lengths of him in the more …

Hungarian Grand Prix: Reckon on Raikonnen

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Raikkonen: Hungary for a win at 11/2

Three weeks after Sebastian Vettel’s home victory in Germany, the Formula One paddock regroups for the Hungarian Grand Prix (Race, Sunday, 1pm BST, live on Sky Sports F1) at the Hungaroring circuit on the outskirts of Budapest.

Vettel held off a late challenge from the two Lotus drivers to secure his fourth victory of the season in Germany and now leads his nearest challenger Fernando Alonso by more …

July Cup Preview & Tips: Take bookies by Force

Cox: trains champion sprinter prospect

The prestigious Group 1 July Cup has attracted an exciting, international field of sprinters with a classy dozen going to post (3.50pm, Newmarket, Saturday).

Richard Fahey’s Mayson may have come in at 20/1 on the heavy going last year but he was a soft ground specialist who was left for dead on sounder surfaces. In the last decade the longest priced winner of the July Cup on good or faster ground was more …

Eclipse Preview: The Fugue On Song

A select field of seven go to post at Sandown on Saturday (3.50pm) for the Eclipse Stakes. Most of them were in action just two weeks ago, including the 15/8 favourite, Roger Charlton’s Al Kazeem. Is it realistic to expect him and many of the other more …

German Grand Prix Preview: Mercedes To Dominate

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Rosberg: Can capitalise in his home Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel’s non-finish at the British Grand Prix last weekend allowed his main rivals to close in the drivers’ championship, but the Red Bull driver remains bookies’ favourite to reassert his authority with victory at his home German Grand Prix (Sunday, 13:00 BST, Sky Sports F1).

Gearbox problems saw Vettel retire from the lead at Silverstone, allowing Nico Rosberg to take more …

Confederations Cup Final: Brazil v Spain Preview

neymarSpain go into today’s Confederations Cup final (23:00 BST, live on BBC 1) at Rio’s legendary Maracaná stadium as slight bookmakers favourites against host nation Brazil.

The Confederations Cup is a dummy run for next year’s World Cup, but the Brazilian people have seized it as an more …

Irish Derby Preview: Lump on Sugar at 9/1

Aidan O’Brien’s Epsom Derby winner, Ruler Of The World, returns to the Curragh in a bid to add the Irish Derby to his conquests (6.30pm, Saturday, June 29).  He deserves to be the clear favourite in the field of nine but at a best price of 11/10 with more …

F1: British Grand Prix Betting Tips Preview

sebastian vettelThree weeks after Sebastian Vettel’s (pictured) victory from pole position in Canada, the Formula One paddock returns to Europe for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone (Race: Sunday, 14:00 BST, live on BBC / Sky Sports).

Vettel’s win saw him extend his lead over Fernando Alonso at the top of the drivers’ championship to 36 points, with Kimi more …

Royal Ascot: Animal Kingdom? It’s War in Queen Anne Stakes

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Aidan O’Brien: Back his animal each-way

The 2013 Queen Anne Stakes (2.30pm, Tuesday, June 18) is set to get Royal Ascot started in style. The American raider, Animal Kingdom, is the hot favourite and the horse that his twelve rivals will have to beat.

Trained in the US by the shrewd, UK-born Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom has amassed prize money of over £5 million for owners, Team Valor. In 2011 he was the surprise winner of the Kentucky Derby and followed up with a second more …

Royal Ascot: St James’s Palace Stakes Preview

A maximum of nine runners go to post for the St. James’s Palace Stakes (3.45pm, Royal Ascot, Tuesday), but only three of them, Dawn Approach, Magician and Toronado, have realistic chances of winning if the betting market is to be believed. more …

F1: Canadian Grand Prix Betting Tips & Preview

Two weeks after Nico Rosberg’s victory in Monaco, the Formula 1 paddock heads across the Atlantic for the Canadian Grand Prix (Race: Sunday, 7pm BST, live on BBC1 and Sky Sports) at the Circuit Giles Villeneuve in Montreal. more …

Derby Preview: Moore Can Prove Epsom Ruler

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Ryan Moore: Can win his second Epsom Derby

The favourite and the one that they all have to beat this year is trainer Jim Bolger’s 11/10 shot Dawn Approach. He has already gone one better than his Derby winning sire, New Approach, by bolting up in the 2,000 Guineas. It was his first outing as a three year old and his first attempt at a mile.

At the end of his unbeaten season as a two year old Bolger said on camera that he lacked New Approach’s stamina and might not more …

Oaks Tips & Preview: Moth Worth A Flutter

The Oaks is the fillies’ equivalent of the Epsom Derby, over the same course and distance, just one day earlier (4.00pm, Friday). The betting is dominated by Secret Gesture (5/2) and Liber Nauticus (7/2), both of whom won their more …

Champions League Final Betting Tips & Preview

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No doubting Thomas: Muller can point way to Bayern glory

Bayern Munich will be confident of finally adding a fifth Champions League trophy to their cabinet when they face compatriots Borussia Dortmund in this year’s final at Wembley on Saturday (7.45pm BST, live on ITV).

Bayern won three consecutive European Cups in the mid-1970s, but have since added just one further triumph, in 2001, despite appearing in an more …

F1 Monaco Grand Prix Preview & Tips


Hamilton: Can make the points

Two weeks after Fernando Alonso’s home victory in Spain the Formula One circus moves on to the twisty streets of the principality of Monaco for the eponymous Grand Prix (Sunday, 13:00 BST, live on Sky Sports F1).

Alonso’s victory saw him move up to third in the Drivers’ Championship standings, 17 points shy of leader and reigning three-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who could more …

Epsom Derby Preview: Liberate The Bookies’ Cash At 20/1

Jim BolgerWith little over 10 days until the Epsom Derby (Saturday, June 1), we take a close look at the ante-post market in search of the best value each-way betting tip.

Dawn Approach (11/10) is a worthy favourite. Of all the Derby Trials, the 2000 Guineas itself appears to be the strongest. The unbeaten son of New Approach, himself a Derby winner for trainer Jim Bolger (pictured), strode clear in the manner of a champion and more importantly of a stayer. He was pulling away from his field, not more …