Sporting Life Best Bets of the Day
Check out our team's best bets from the pick of today's sporting action, including football, tennis, cricket, racing and golf.
Thursday's Best Sporting Bets
Haydock's three-day Sprint Cup meeting starts this afternoon and Ed de Giles' Hostile Fire looks a decent bet in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap at 14.30. This three-year-old Iffraaj gelding is improving at a rate of knots and looks sure to benefit for the step back down in trip to a mile today. Between April and July he won three consecutive handicaps over a mile off marks of 58, 64 and 70 and he still looks on an upward curve after finishing second off 74 over ten furlongs at Newmarket last time. Cheekpieces are applied this afternoon, Andrea Atzeni takes over in the saddle and the presence of prominent racer We'll Shake Hands from a low draw should ensure a good pace for our selection as he drops to what looks an ideal trip. Ben Linfoot
After a disappointing World Cup, Vincent del Bosque has described his new-look Spain squad as 'for the present, but designed looking toward the future' and they may not gel quickly enough for this friendly encounter against a progressive and stable France side who look a decent bet to continue from where they left off in Brazil. The Stade de France crowd will be expectant after a really encouraging showing in South America and they won’t be disappointed. Ian Ogg
England batsman Trott has been in superb form for the Bears throughout the competition, scoring 428 runs at an average of 61.14 at No 3. Backed by home advantage at Edgbaston, Trott can again make his mark. Simon Crawford
Roger Federer to beat Gael Monfils 3-1 at 11/4
Just the two singles matches today and it’s a case of be wary as both feature players notorious for their inconsistency. Tomas Berdych is first up against Marin Cilic, while the night session will feature Gael Monfils against Roger Federer. It is the latter clash I’m focusing on with Federer a fairly hot favourite to beat a man yet to lose a set in the tournament. Monfils has the talent to pull off a shock win but is more likely to implode as he so nearly did against Grigor Dimitrov in the previous round. However, he’s in the sort of form to give Federer a good test, as long as he holds it together. Monfils has won at least a set in three of the pair’s last four meetings, including a few weeks ago in Cincinnati. I’d still expect Federer to prevail, as he has done in seven of nine matches between the two, but the value lies with Monfils making him fight. I’ll take the 11/4 about it being a four-set win for the favourite, who dropped a set to a lesser player in Marcel Granollers at the weekend, rather than the 11/8 about a straight-sets success. The Frenchman’s character makes betting a bit of a minefield though so I’d definitely recommend keeping stakes small. Andy Schooler
We're now at eight profitable match bets (six winners and two dead-heats) from nine selections and Russell Knox gets the vote to continue the winning run in the first round of the BMW Championship. Knox has enjoyed a fine season and what's been noticeable is how consistent he is, and how solid his game is throughout the bag. That helps when coming to a new course and given that accuracy is the name of the game at Cherry Hills, the fact he led the field in ball-striking last week bodes well. Knox is also prominent (37th) in round one scoring average and he's shot 67 in both opening rounds so far in the FedEx Cup Play-offs. His opponents are Kevin Streelman and Matt Every, who are 167th and 131st respectively in round one scoring average. Every has struggled for a while now and shot 86 on Monday, while Streelman tends to feel his way into tournaments and is 14 shots behind Knox if we combine their first rounds in the play-offs. Knox looks the bet at 6/4. Ben Coley
Jaytee India (T2) was behind Butts Mott last week and can make the most of the drop in class at 8.18. After showing plenty of promise for Paul Hennessy in Ireland, the May '12 bitch was a real eyecatcher on her debut for Paul Young when staying on strongly for a good second in the heats of the Brighton Belle. She left it too late last week but has a lot less on her plate this time around and with little early speed in the race, she can turn closer to the pace than she has been doing over this 515m trip.