Beating the weekend odds
The Sky Bet traders give their verdict on the weekend's feature football, racing, rugby, cricket and golf action.
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Premier League - Richard Evison
In the early game all the singles has been on improving Newcastle to cause a stir at White Hart Lane and gain three points at 4/1.
But as far as multiple selections we would take Spurs getting beat to send all the accumulators down. With their London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in action at 3pm, and Manchester City concluding the action for the day in the tea time kick-off the four fold pays just over 5/1. This would be a disaster for us but I suspect Southampton could do us a favour against City and 9/2 looks a tempting price.
In Sunday's action West Ham have been heavily backed at 7/4 to come away with three points at relegation threatened Villa. Paul Lambert's side looked a lot better last week away at Everton and are 6/4 to overcome the Hammers.
The big game on Sunday is undoubtedly at Old Trafford, where the Premier League leaders take on Everton. We are currently laying both sides here so a draw for us would be magnificent. United are 4/6 to gain another massive win while the Merseysiders are attracting plenty of money at 19/5.
Horse Racing - Michael Shinners
It's a cracking Saturday for racing including the Betfair Hurdle where we are paying "5 places. My Tent Or Yours is bound to be popular as are Cash And Go and Pearl Swan, ridden by Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh respectively. If we can get these three beaten the chances are we will have had a good result. Silviniaco Conti is also bound to be popular in the Denman Chase and will be in thousands of multiple lines, so this getting beat will also be helpful.
I personally like Unioniste in the novice chase later on in the card. The step up in trip looks sure to suit and he could cement himself as a serious challenger for the RSA chase if he can beat the likes of Our Father and Hadrians Approach.
Super League - Dave Sykes
Early money for St Helens at -12 to atone for last week's shocking effort against the Giants now sees them as 14 point jollies for their visit to Widnes on Sunday.
Catalans have been the big mover of the week so far starting at -24 to cover against Salford, they are now 28 point favourites in their first home fixture of the season and this is probably the best bet of the weekend after the City Reds poor 42-0 defeat against Wigan and the Dragons 32-24 victory at Hull KR last weekend.
6 Nations - Dave Sykes
The big mover has been England against Ireland who started off as 2 point underdogs on Monday but we can't separate them now as they currently trade at 10/11.
This is the case across the industry and looks a bit of a false price as firms look to avoid losing heavily on markets like the Grand Slam and Triple Crown, the Irish look good value to me off scratch.
New Zealand v England 1st t20 - Jon Hesford
The warm ups have finished and now we are into the proper 3 match t20 series. New Zealand are now 6/5 (from 5/4); England drifting slightly to 4/6 (from 8/13) due to market moves but the majority of the early cash has been for the visitors.
Series betting has also seen early patriotic support for England @ 8/13 (NZ are 5/4). England fans will be hoping Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler (priced 9/2 and 7/1 respectively for England Most Runs) can continue the form they showed in the warm ups.
Golf - Ben Ragg
Joburg Open: A relatively weak field this year with the well backed Charl Schwartzel going off the 11/4 fav even after a fove week break. Richard Sterne carried his good form over to Johannesburg from the Dubai Desert Classic with an opening round of 63 (-8).
Sterne, 2008 Joburg Champion was set a tough task by fellow country man Trevor Fisher Jr who followed his opening round of 66 by a round of 62 on the easier West Course to score a total of -15 after 36 holes.
However, Sterne was up for the challenge and shot a bogey free 62 to share the lead with Fisher Jr at the half way stage. Hot on their heels is another South African, George Coetzee who shot an incredible 2nd round 64 on the tougher East Course and is currently 7/2 from a pre-tournament price of 8/1 to land is first European tour title.
Notably after two days of the tournament we have already seen 3 hole in ones. Pre-tournament the price of a hole in one this week was 4/7, it's a good thing for us that not many people backed this market!
AT and T: In America, Phil Mickelson went off the 7/1 favourite after his impressive four shot victory at the Phoenix Open last week. However after dropping two shots towards the end of his opening round, lefty is now backable at 11/1 to retain is AT and T title .
Many punters latched onto the 25/1 for Hunter Mahan whose form is coming good in time to defend his WGC Accenture matchplay title in a fortnights time. An opening round of -6 was enough to see Mahan tied at the top of the leaderboard (now 11/2) after day one with the Scotsman Russel Knox.
The $10 million dollar man, Brandt Snedeker has already started his season off with a 3rd place finish as well as two 2nd place finishes in his last four events. Snedeker continued his incredible run of form by shooting four under on his opening round at Monterey Peninsula to install himself as Sky Bet's 5/1 favourite.