Sporting Life pick out five betting highlights for the week ahead

Sporting Life picks out the top five events or fixtures of the week
Sporting Life picks out the top five events or fixtures of the week

Every week throughout the year, Sporting Life will pick out five highlights so you never miss a beat.

Our writers will provide all of the key information such as TV channels and kick-off times, plus the latest odds from Sky Bet and, finally, their own unmissable verdict.

We continue with five sporting highlights for the week ahead.

Racing - Betfair Tingle Creek

When: Saturday

Where: Sandown

TV: ITV & Racing TV

The Tingle Creek has an illustrious roll of honour dating back to the likes of Moscow Flyer, Kauto Star and more recently, Altior, winner of a terrific battle with Un De Sceaux 12 months ago.

Altior won't defend his crown having lost his unbeaten record at Ascot recently but the evergreen Un De Sceaux looks set to line up again with the recent wet spell in his favour.

Two-mile regulars Politologue and Sceau Royal could be in the mix again but last season's Ryanair Chase hero Defi Du Seuil might be the one they all have to beat following his stylish winning reappearance at Cheltenham recently.

Snooker - UK Championship

When: Monday to Sunday

Where: York Barbican

TV: BBC & Eurosport

Ronnie O'Sullivan's quest for an eighth Betway UK Championship titles continues while world number one Judd Trump booked his place in the last 32 with a dominant victory on Sunday.

Other big names still in the mix are Mark Selby and Neil Robertson, both dual winners of this event, while last year's runner-up Mark Allen survived a real scare on Saturday and will be hoping he can enjoy another deep run in York.

With the first Triple Crown of the snooker season up for grabs and many of the biggest hitters in the sport still in contention, a fascinating week is in store.

Football - Premier League

When: Midweek

Where: Various

TV: Amazon

It’s a huge, and hugely significant midweek of football as Amazon enter the fray of live TV rights by showing a full slate of Premier League fixtures.

And the fixtures have been carefully selected with the Merseyside derby taking pride of place as the highlight of the evening. Can Everton stop runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool? They’d love to inflict a rare defeat on their high-flying neighbours from across Stanley Park.

Jose Mourinho has taken some of the spotlight off that big game at Anfield though, as the Special One returns to Old Trafford with his new, exciting Tottenham team that just can’t stop scoring, and conceding, goals in all of their games so far.

It should be quite the occasion at Old Trafford as well.

Football - Manchester City v Manchester United

When: Saturday 17:30

Where: Etihad Stadium

TV: Sky Sports Football

It’s always one of the fixture highlights of the Premier League season as the red and blue half of Manchester collide again at the Etihad on Saturday evening. There’s no love lost between the two sides who have experienced a real reversal of fortunes recently.

City are now the back-to-back Premier League champions and it’s United who are struggling to keep up, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not exactly having the effect they hoped at Old Trafford when he was given the job full-time.

‘Form goes out of the window’ they say in these games, but it’ll have to really go some if United are to produce a 10/1 upset – they can’t have been that price against their ‘noisy neighbours’ too often over the years.

Golf

When: Thursday-Monday

Where: Albany, Bahamas

TV: Sky Sports Golf

There might only be 18 players in the field for the Hero World Challenge, but this is one of the strongest collections of talent you’ll see between now and The Masters next spring.

Tournament host Tiger Woods is set to go off fourth or fifth in the betting, such is the strength on show in an event he hosts, and it’s Jon Rahm who will likely start favourite. The Spaniard arrives having just become the Race to Dubai champion, and he won this event by four shots last year.

After this tournament, Woods and several members of the field will jet out to Australia for the Presidents Cup, and the captain will be hoping for some positive signs from Dustin Johnson, who returns to action here following surgery. He’s not been seen since the end of the 2019 season and hasn’t been at his best since summer.

With Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson and Rickie Fowler also in the field, it’ll be a high-class 72 holes in the Bahamas, and one which could offer some key pointers ahead of the following week’s team event in Australia.

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