Sporting Life Best Bets of the Day

  • Last Updated: August 27 2014, 20:17 BST

Check out our team's best bets from the pick of today's sporting action, including football, racing and tennis.

James Hanson: Can add to Leeds' woes
James Hanson: Can add to Leeds' woes

Wednesday's Best Sporting Bets

Horse Racing

Maymyo to win the 5.55 at Kempton

A chance is taken with Maymyo tonight, who has been well beaten on each of his last three starts but has run respectably on all three occasions. The first two of those runs came in well-contested maidens (at least at the top end) that have worked out reasonably well while the latest came in a 0-70 handicap at Leicester. He takes a marked drop in grade this evening and is re-united with James Doyle who was on board for both of those maiden runs and could just surprise at decent odds faced with this far more realistic opportunity. Ian Ogg


Napoli to qualify for the Champions League at 6/4

Rafa Benitez's side were unfortunate to be eliminated from the competition last season but they can ensure they get a second crack this time around by seeing off Athletic Bilbao. Napoli's greater experience could give them an edge and manager Rafa Benitez is a master of setting up his side in an effective manner in these crucial ties. Gonzalo Higuian scored in the first leg and his firepower could be vital once more - he has an excellent career record against these rivals. Ian Ogg

James Hanson to score v Leeds and Bradford to win 3/1

Bradford will be hoping to repeat their famous Capital One Cup run of 2012/13 where they defied all the odds by reaching the final and beating three Premier League teams to get there. Fans of the Bantams will have been celebrating when the fixture with Leeds was announced. Not only is it a historic local derby but Leeds have looked very underwhelming in their start to the season under Dave Hockaday. Striker James Hanson is red hot at the moment with three goals to his name already in Sky Bet League, and his presence will be needed in a game that is bound to be a physical one. Adam France


Tomas Berdych to beat Lleyton Hewitt 3-1 at 13/5

The pick of the first-round games should be competitive. Berdych has been short of his best during the summer hardcourt swing, suffering some disappointing results. Hewitt is nothing if not a fighter as his performances in the Grand Slams show - very rarely is he brushed aside. I can see this going at least four sets and would much rather back 3-1 to Berdych than 3-0 at the prices. Hewitt may fade as the match goes on, especially given the temperatures are rising in New York, so I’d still expect Berdych’s class to prevail. Andy Schooler


Royal Rainbow (T1) to win the 9.24 Romford

Royal Rainbow (T1) can land the Owners Bonus Series final (9.24) at Romford this evening. Martyn Wiley's charge went up to the split in 3.78 in the heats last week and anything like a reproduction of that early pace display should be good enough to lead tonight's field. The bitch by Target Brett went on to clock a smart 24.39 and that run sets the standard.