Chris Hammer

  • Last Updated: December 13 2015, 15:20 GMT

Name: Chris Hammer

Specialist sports: Football, athletics, cricket, reality TV

Notable success: A long, distinguished record of backing novelty television winners from shows such as I'm A Celebrity, Celebrity Big Brother, X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. His best tips down the years include Chris Hollins (Strictly), Joe McElderry, James Arthur (both X Factor) and Alex Reid (Celebrity Big Brother) while more recently he picked out 'no hopers' Reggie 'n Bollie at 12/1 to be top group in the 2015 series of X Factor.

Profile: Chris has been with sportinglife.com since September 2005 and has contributed many previews and tips - predominently football, but also for county and Test cricket, athletics and the novelty betting scene.

  • Anderson to claim Matchplay title

    Our Chris Hammer looks ahead to the World Matchplay and believes Gary Anderson and James Wade are worth backing.

    Saturday July 16 2016, 08:45 BST
    Gary Anderson: A good bet to win the World Matchplay
  • McCullum to star for Middlesex

    We've got a 100 per cent record in the T20 Blast so far this season and are backing Nottinghamshire and Middlesex tonight.

    Friday June 17 2016, 15:30 BST
     Brendon McCullum: Could impress for Middlesex
  • Take a punt on Mavraj

    We've previewed Wednesday's three Euro 2016 games and have a 100/1 selection for France v Albania.

    Wednesday June 15 2016, 19:59 BST
    Mergim Mavraj: Could find the net at a big price for Albania
  • Euro 2016: Group C guide

    Our Euro 2016 guide continues with Chris Hammer's take on Group C, which includes Germany.

    Wednesday June 15 2016, 15:54 BST
    Thomas Muller: Could again be the star for Germany
  • Outsiders worthy of support

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Manchester and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday May 5 2016, 19:32 BST
    Wade: Backed to get the better of Wright (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)
  • Close contests in Birmingham

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Birmingham and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday April 28 2016, 20:46 BST
    Peter Wright can run Phil Taylor close once again
  • Jackpot can make big move

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Bournemouth and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Friday April 22 2016, 09:21 BST
    Adrian Lewis: Preparing for a big night in his season (Picture by Michael Cooper)
  • Taylor & MVG to shine again

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Belfast and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday April 14 2016, 20:13 BST
    Phil Taylor's match with van Barneveld could be short and sweet (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)
  • Back Barney and Jackpot

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Sheffield and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday April 7 2016, 22:54 BST
    Adrian Lewis: Backed to beat Peter Wright
  • Barney can stun van Gerwen

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Cardiff and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Friday April 1 2016, 08:14 BST
    Raymond van Barneveld: Backed to get the better of Michael van Gerwen
  • Thorn to break duck; Barney backed

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Liverpool and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday March 24 2016, 21:46 GMT
    Van Barneveld: Plays Adrian Lewis in Liverpool on Thursday night
  • Taylor worth a punt to stun MVG

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Glasgow and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday March 17 2016, 19:55 GMT
    Phil Taylor: Faces Michael van Gerwen in Glasgow
  • Smith value to stun Anderson

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Nottingham and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Thursday March 10 2016, 19:51 GMT
    Michael Smith: Could be worth a shout to beat Gary Anderson
  • Jackpot to cut the Power

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to Thursday night's Premier League darts in Exeter and picks out his best bets for the action.

    Wednesday March 2 2016, 21:30 GMT
    Adrian Lewis: Faces Phil Taylor on Thursday night (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)
  • Wade in on The Machine

    Chris Hammer previews week four of Premier League Darts and is backing James Wade to sink Adrian Lewis.

    Thursday February 25 2016, 20:04 GMT
    James Wade: Backed to beat Adrian Lewis (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)
  • Thornton too big at 3/1

    Chris Hammer says Robert Thornton is too big to score a Premier League Darts upset on Thursday.

    Thursday February 18 2016, 21:24 GMT
    Robert Thornton: Won the World Grand Prix in Dublin (Pic: Lawrence Lustig)
  • Foxes hungry for City scalp

    Our Chris Hammer previews Leicester's clash with Man City on Tuesday night. Will the Foxes bounce back to winning ways?

    Tuesday December 29 2015, 19:49 GMT
    Leicester: Will they be celebrating against Man City on Tuesday night?
  • Blues can pile pressure on LVG

    Our team have enjoyed plenty of success in the last two rounds of Premier League fixtures, can they keep the run going?

    Monday December 28 2015, 17:24 GMT
    Guus Hiddink has breathed new life into Chelsea
  • Spurs won't sin at Saints

    Tottenham headline our tips for Saturday's Premier League action, while goals should flow in Everton v Leicester.

    Saturday December 19 2015, 15:00 GMT
    Mauricio Pochettino: Back on familiar turf this weekend
  • X Factor 2015 Betting News & Odds

    Our Chris Hammer brings you his X Factor betting update as Louisa Johnson was crowned champion.

    Saturday December 19 2015, 21:41 GMT
    Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: Mentors Reggie 'n Bollie