Sporting Life pick out five betting highlights for the week ahead

Sporting Life picks out the top five sporting events of the week not to be missed
Sporting Life picks out the top five sporting events of the week not to be missed

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 - British Champions Day

When: Saturday

Where: Ascot

TV: ITV Racing/Racing TV

Sky Bet odds

QIPCO British Champions Day is now firmly bedded in the UK racing calendar and all eyes will be on Ascot again this Saturday for a stellar card.

Stradivarius looks like being this year's poster boy, if he turns up, in the Long Distance Cup, while Benbatl looks to be thriving ahead of his autumn test, which will likely be in the QEII.

The Champion Stakes is often the day's highlight, while we have the Fillies & Mares', Champion Sprint and Balmoral Handicap to enjoy as well.

Football - Manchester United v Liverpool

When: Sunday (October 20) at 1630 BST

Where: Old Trafford

TV: Sky Sports Premier League

Sky Bet odds: Man United 18/5; draw 14/5; Liverpool 8/11

Two great rivals meet after the international break and the stakes are incredibly high.

Manchester United are in a bit of a crisis, as they enter the weekend closer to the bottom three than the top three, and the pressure is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having gone without a win in their last five in all competitions.

The Red Devils will be desperate for their third win of the campaign, let alone against their big rivals Liverpool, who can continue their 100 per cent start to the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp's side have won all eight fixtures and Man City's defeat to Wolves before the international break means they now hold an eight-point lead over second, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah all looking in top form.

The Merseysiders have lost just once to United in their last six meetings and, as well as continuing their fine run, they would no doubt love to pile the misery on their old enemy.

Rugby Union World Cup Quarter Finals

When: Saturday, Sunday

Where: Japan

TV: ITV

Sky Bet odds

The tournament really begins now in the quarter-final stages and England fans will be chomping at the bit to see their side after the pool clash with France was wiped out.

England kick off the last eight stage against Australia on Saturday morning before Ireland are tasked with taking on the mighty All Blacks.

On Sunday Wales host France in the third instalment of the quarter-final stage before hosts and World Cup superstars Japan bid to cause another almighty shock against South Africa.

Golf – PGA and European Tours

When: Thursday to Sunday

Where: Korea and France

Sky Bet odds

Jordan Spieth makes his seasonal debut in the CJ Cup, where Brooks Koepka will defend the title he won last year and fellow former champion Justin Thomas will also hope to be in contention.

Played on Jeju Island, the event has quickly become a popular one with players and spectators and the course itself is nothing if not dramatic, with wild swings in scoring possible throughout – especially when the wind blows.

Those US players would do well to focus firmly on the job in hand and not let their focus stray onto the Golf Channel’s coverage of the Open de France.

It was at Le Golf National that the USA received their latest Ryder Cup thumping last year and no doubt some stars of that European demolition job will be hoping to contend on the outskirts of Paris.

Don’t forget, play begins earlier than usual on the PGA Tour – just before midnight UK time – with action from France getting under way a few hours later.

Darts - Champions League

When: October 19-20

Where: Leicester

TV: BBC

Sky Bet odds

Eight of the biggest names from the world of darts head to Leicester this weekend for the fourth staging of the Paddy Power Champions League of Darts, with Gary Anderson bidding to defend his title.

The BBC-televised event takes place at The Morningside Arena in Leicester from October 19-20.

The octet of tungsten titans that will enter the Morningside Arena are:

GROUP A
Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith
Gary Anderson
James Wade

GROUP B
Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price


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