Sporting Life Best Bets Of The Day
Check out our team's best bets from the pick of today's sporting action, including football, racing and athletics.
Saturday's Best Bets
Michael Bell’s PIAZON is worth a bet in the Thames Materials Stakes over at Newmarket. Michael Bell’s yard remains in really good form and this horse has been running well without winning during the summer. His last victory came at Windsor in May on soft and he clearly thrives when there is plenty of cut in the ground as he’s never been out of the two when such conditions have prevailed. It’s going to be testing at HQ on Saturday and he takes his chance against a bunch of rivals that could probably have done with the ground staying dry. The exception is the William Haggas filly Penny Drops, but she’s used to doing battle over seven furlongs and I’m hoping Piazon might have a bit too much speed for her. With the useful Louis Steward taking off 5lb Piazon has a comparative featherweight, always useful when the ground is riding soft, and this is a good chance for him to land a decent prize. (Ben Linfoot)
Seeing as it's the first day of the new Premier League season we'll offer two footy bets for the day. In our range of in-depth ante post previews, we've been warm on Stoke's potential but pretty cold to say the least on Aston Villa's outlook so the Potters should be backed to get off to a comfortable start by scoring at least a couple of goals in victory. (Chris Hammer)
One player who conspicuously failed to deliver last season was Erik Lamela, who flopped horribly at Spurs after a club-record £30m move from Roma. But, while pre-season form should be treated with caution, the Argentinian has looked a different player in the build-up to this season under fellow countryman Mauricio Pochettino. Lamela has been one of Spurs' standout performers in the summer, netting three times in five games ahead of the season. It's speculative, but if Lamela does start performing as he can then he could well be shorter than 12/5 in the anytime goalscorer market. (Dave Tickner)
Lynsey Sharp to win 800m at European Athletics Championships at 11/8
The defending champion looked impressive as she cruised into this afternoon's final as the fastest qualifier in a time of two minutes 1.32 seconds while she'll be hungry to go one better than the silver medal she recently achieved at the Commonwealth Games. That second place was dubbed a 'miracle' after spending the morning on a drip after throwing up all night so if she's had a peaceful sleep this time, gold surely beckons. (Chris Hammer)
Odds-against about the Venezuelan makes plenty of appeal here as he seeks the cheque needed to secure a PGA Tour card for next season. Vegas has been working his way back to form having struggled with both his game and his health since bursting onto the scene in 2011, and he's the type to rise to the occasion with a big weekend. The last time he got to play on Saturday he shot 63 at the John Deere and at 11th in the all-around ranking so far this week, he's eight spots ahead of today's opponent. McGirt doesn't convince when it comes to the crunch and he looks a favourite to take on as we go for a hat-trick of winners. (Ben Coley)
Razldazl Butch (T3) can benefit from a better draw to land the Wimbledon 480 Hurdle final (9.00) tonight. Gemma Davidson's charge broke slowly in the red jacket last week and found trouble as a result, but the manner in which kept on for a good third in comfortably the fastest heat earns him another chance. The Springbok winner is expected come away much more fluently now housed in the middle and he has the gears to strike if turning handy.