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.

  • 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
  • Lewandowski the danger again

    Backing Robert Lewandowski is proving profitable at present and we're happy to do so again in Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Friday October 9 2015, 20:19 BST
    Robert Lewandowski: In the goals for club and country
  • Premier League: Team-by-team tips

    Our writers bring you their team-by-team betting guide to the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.

    Tuesday August 4 2015, 14:24 BST
    Raheem Sterling: Backed to prove his worth at Manchester City
  • Cook can make his point

    Chris Hammer previews England's Test series against the West Indies and feels Alastair Cook can lead from the front.

    Monday April 13 2015, 15:20 BST
    Alastair Cook: Should be backed to be England's top runscorer
  • Austin can give Hoops a chance

    Chris Hammer previews Tuesday's Premier League clash between Aston Villa and QPR and backs Charlie Austin to strike.

    Tuesday April 7 2015, 19:43 BST
    Charlie Austin (r): Can strike for QPR on Tuesday night
  • England to grind out victory

    Chris Hammer previews England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and expects a hard-fought victory for the Three Lions.

    Saturday November 15 2014, 17:06 GMT
    Wayne Rooney: Edging towards Bobby Charlton's record
  • Hernandez looks willing and Abel

    Aston Villa have a decent record at Anfield and after a good start to the season look good value to spring an upset tonight.

    Thursday September 25 2014, 08:39 BST
    Diego Costa: Too big at 7/2 for the first goal v Swansea
  • Gunners to fire; Tigers can bite

    We preview the opening day of the Premier League season, with Arsenal and Hull among the sides we're tipping to impress.

    Saturday August 16 2014, 18:00 BST
    Arsenal can make a flying start against Crystal Palace
  • World Cup guide: Group H

    Our final team-by-team guide to the World Cup features the sides in Group H, including the much-discussed Belgium.

    Sunday June 8 2014, 10:23 BST
    Lukaku's Belgium appear to have been overrated
  • In Rod we trust

    Hugo Rodallega is backed to continue his goalscoring form in the Premier League on Saturday - one of three bets we've got.

    Saturday April 26 2014, 14:55 BST
    Hugo Rodellaga: Big price at 11/4 to score v Hull
  • North-eastern promise

    Sunderland and Newcastle are picks on our coupon for Saturday's Premier League action - check out our match-by-match preview.

    Saturday March 22 2014, 15:29 GMT
    Gus Poyet's Sunderland look worth backing at Norwich
  • Magpies to enjoy southern climes

    Our tipsters preview Saturday's eight Premier League games with Newcastle to win at Fulham their headline selection.

    Saturday March 15 2014, 17:14 GMT
    A lack of manager in the ground shouldn't stop Newcastle at Fulham
  • Goals galore at St Mary's

    Andy Schooler and Chris Hammer preview Saturday's Premier League games, with goals on the cards in Southampton v Liverpool.

    Saturday March 1 2014, 17:50 GMT
    Daniel Sturridge: Banging in the goals for Liverpool
  • Eagles the value call

    Chris Hammer and Nick Hext preview Saturday's Premier League games, including Chelsea v Everton and Palace v United.

    Saturday February 22 2014, 17:02 GMT
    Crystal Palace: Good value to beat Manchester United
  • Man City to gain advantage

    Chris Hammer previews Tuesday night's Champions League action and expects Manchester City to beat Barcelona.

    Tuesday February 18 2014, 19:24 GMT
    Manchester City have what it takes to beat Barcelona
  • Tigers to bite in Brighton

    Chris Hammer previews Monday night's FA Cup fifth-round clash between Brighton and Hull.

    Saturday February 15 2014, 15:14 GMT
    Hull can pick up a third straight away win in the FA Cup
  • Luisa set for big break

    Chris Hammer looks ahead to tonight's final of Celebrity Big Brother and thinks Luisa Zissman could go close.

    Wednesday January 29 2014, 21:48 GMT
    Jim Davidson could be run close by Luisa Zissman