Saturday Bets of the Day: All our free sports tips for Saturday including horse racing, football, boxing and Formula One

The Sporting Life team provide their free tips for Saturday's action across a range of sports
The Sporting Life team provide their free tips for Saturday's action across a range of sports

We have a packed Saturday best bets, as our team provide their free tips across racing, football, boxing and Formula One.

We focus on racing at Wolverhampton, Chester and Sandown, plus action in the Premier League and EFL and the Luke Campbell v Vasiliy Lomachenko fight in London.

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RACING

Oli Bell

Has disappointed favourite-backers the last twice but he dwelt at the start and then got hampered in the run last time. Down to a basement mark of 48 now, one which he looks well capable of defying with a touch more luck.

Ben Linfoot

He’s on a bit of a retrieval mission after a couple of below-par runs but racing against his elders with the 5lb weight-for-age makes him of interest on Saturday.

The race he was last of five in at Catterick last time is difficult to assess as they were spread across the track, but before that he ran in a very hot race at York that has already supplied three winners. Back down to a mark of 74 he’s only 1lb higher than his latest win at Ayr in July and he’s nicely berthed in stall one under Paddy Mathers this weekend.

Japan (left) starred at York last week
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Matt Brocklebank

Positive has all the makings of a top-class colt we’ll be hearing a lot about over the next couple of seasons and he’s clearly on the up. After landing a bit of a touch first time out in a Salisbury maiden, the son of Dutch Art made the step up to Group Two company at Glorious Goodwood where he was far from disgraced, splitting the Chesham Stakes one-two Pinatubo and Lope Y Fernandez. That looks very strong form and any more improvement from Clive Cox’s horse will make him very tough to beat on Saturday.

Simon Holt

Excuses can be made for his last two runs: Oh This Is Us wasn't beaten far when fifth over a mile (listed) at Pontefract in a race in which the first two home dominated from the front, and then had no luck at all in a handicap at Goodwood off this mark where he was completely stopped in his run up the rail. That run can be completely forgiven and, while luck is always needed at Chester, this race (as last year) may prove a perfect fit for a horse who hit a rating of 113 just three months ago and has consistently run well in better company.


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FOOTBALL

Premier League - George Pitts

Sheffield United have been brilliant and brave so far, and the Blades will get their chances at Chelsea. Their total tally of 19 corners in three games shows the attacking style they have brought to the top flight.

It is tempting looking at the shots market, but those corner stats stand out when you can back them to take at least four in west London on Saturday.

Villa played well in their opening away fixture at Tottenham and then recorded their first win against Everton last time out, where they also kept a clean sheet. They can make it two clean-sheet victories in a row against goal-shy Palace, who have only scored in one game this season, and that was at Old Trafford.

In fact, if you take out last season's final game of the season blow out 5-3 victory over Bournemouth, Palace have only scored once at home in their last four games.

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EFL - Tom Carnduff

Sunderland have started the season with five straight wins, which may make it seem bizarre that we're backing them for defeat this week. However, we are basing this on what we've seen from Peterborough in recent weeks.

They are now enjoying a three-game unbeaten run and the last two games have been victories, with the win at MK Dons an eye-catching result last time out.

Darren Ferguson's men won 4-0 in that game, where they posted a huge ten shots on target, 20 in total, with a near 50/50 blend of efforts from inside and outside the box.

That victory is a big indication that this team will kick on from here.

There is real value in the best price of 5/1 available on Danny Mayor netting anytime. The wideman has one goal and one assist in his last two appearances.

He grabbed his first goal of the campaign in their recent draw with Salford. An unbelievable effort saw him cut inside and find the top corner from distance.

Even Mayor won't deny that he did struggle in his first few games at the club. Now though, he has adapted to his new environment and is putting in performances that are showing why he was one of the best players in Sky Bet League Two last season.

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We have one game from the Sky Bet Championship with two teams who have recently returned to the division. LUTON can take advantage of Huddersfield's poor form as they welcome the Terriers to Kenilworth Road.

In League One, ROTHERHAM are also at home as they take on a Tranmere side who have struggled in the early parts of the current campaign.

Two games from League Two. The first of which sees FOREST GREEN take on Newport. Both sides are in the top-five of the table, but we're hoping that Rovers can make it three wins from three in front of their own supporters.

The only away team is PLYMOUTH. They sit second in the table having won three of their five games so far. Ryan Lowe's men take on a Northampton side who have lost both of their home fixtures.

BOXING

The Ukrainian superstar already holds the WBO and WBA belts and is overwhelming favourite here. However Campbell is starting to fulfil his promise, is huge for the weight and as well as being the bigger and stronger man here, he boasts a two-inch height advantage and a longer reach by some five and a half inches.

The size factor could well play a part as Lomachenko has certainly looked more human in three fights since stepping up to the 135lb division.

The usual late surge from the supremely-fit champion is expected, but Campbell has the skills and size to see it through to the final bell. Campbell will be looking to use his reach advantage and keep this at distance behind his jab for as long as he can too.

Stats for Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell world title fight on Saturday
Stats for Vasiliy Lomachenko v Luke Campbell world title fight on Saturday

Povetkin hasn't fought since losing to Anthony Joshua and almost a year out of the ring is not ideal when you are about to turn 40. With plenty of miles on the clock after a long, hard career and never quite looking the same since his two failed drugs tests, this could be the ideal time to be taking on the Russian.

He can still bang, though, and is a top price of just 4/7 prove too good for the younger man, but Fury has a big advantage in reach and can use his nimble footwork to keep his smaller opponent on the end of his jab for long periods. If he is to claim the biggest scalp of his career then Fury will likely have to do so via the scorecards.

FORMULA ONE

F1 Insider - Belgium Grand Prix

Vettel dominated this race 12 months ago to such an extent that in the aftermath he was favoured by the bookmakers to win the world championship despite facing a 17-point title deficit to Lewis Hamilton. Vettel had unequivocally the fastest car at Spa last year but despite his rotten form since, he could get a chance to once again show his class in the most powerful car on the grid this weekend.

He's close to 3/1 to add to his three victories in the Ardennes, which looks a fair bet given the performance of Ferrari's power unit.

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