Weekend Watch: Eye on the Tiger
We take a look at what is being backed in the Sky Bet trading room ahead of another big weekend of sporting action.
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On Saturday the main focus of attention is on the Premier League relegation battle.
After last week's win at Southampton people feel the great escape has begun for Harry Redknapp's men.
We opened up with a quote of 13/10 for them to win at home to Sunderland but that has been smashed into 23/20.
In the FA Cup, Everton are in everyone's accumulator but also proved popular among high staking punters when we were 1/2 earlier in the week.
The Merseysiders are now as short as 2/5 to overcome Wigan and reach the semi-finals for the second year in succession.
On Sunday, everyone seems to be on the Manchester United, Liverpool double with the two London sides friendless in the market.
Manchester United are 8/11 from 5/6 to overcome their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid and see off the troubled Rafa Benitez, who is sure to be the subject of many a chant at Old Trafford.
Chelsea can be backed at 7/2 to cause more cup pain for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Liverpool are gambled on every week no matter what the price given the recent signs of improvement under Brendan Rodgers.
We went up at evens which we thought was more than short enough to overcome an in-form Spurs. That has been backed off the boards and is now currently 5/6 which to me looks a fantastic lay.
Tottenham, fresh from their Europa League hammering of Inter Milan look a great price at 14/5 to gain another massive step to Champions League qualification.
Mr Mole has been well backed throughout the week and looks sure to be a bad result come the start of the Imperial Cup.
The combination of Nicholls/McCoy/JP McManus will be too much for punters to resist and I fully expect him to be our worst result of the day.
Sky Bet are paying FIVE places on the race so the likes of Pine Creek, Tominator and Kazlian for David Pipe are all going to prove popular.
England v Italy: England are solid favourites giving the visitors a 26-point start, the majority of the money has been for the home side but it could be a tight first-half so we are happy to take them on.
Scotland v Ireland: The Irish have been very popular moving from three-point to five-point favourites, this could represent the best bet of the weekend as they should be too strong for the home side.
Having won all seven games on the handicap last weekend the underdogs have again been popular in this weekend's Super League action.
I wasn't impressed by the Warriors at Castleford last weekend and if the French can be more disciplined than in previous weeks it could see them winning the two competition points on offer, so the +12 looks tremendous value.
Bookies could not of asked for better results last week with a 100/1 winner in South Africa and a 300/1 winner on the PGA tour, thankfully for us, no shrewdies picked out the 30,400/1 double!
This week's golf is dominated by the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.
Tiger Woods went off the 10/1 favourite with Sky Bet which caught many a punters' eye and would prove a bad result for us.
And favourite backers would have been rubbing their hands after watching his classy opening round, which included nine birdies and three bogeys to end up at six under par (now 3/1 to win the tournament).
Rory McIlroy's price was also attractive to punters, who were piling in at 22/1, however it seems his issues on the course have continued as he opened up with a +1 round of 73 and is now out to 80/1 to win at Doral.