Our writers combine to pick out Saturday's best betting opportunities, with racing selections from Sandown to Wolverhampton and our take on the Manchester derby.
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GO WHATEVER has plenty of experience from the point-to-pointing scene and should relish the step into a handicap at Sandown on Saturday.
He won a point over three miles back in April and has quickly been given three spins in novice hurdles this season to get him qualified for a mark. Having eventually won going away over the extended 2m4f at Plumpton last month, his initial rating of 119 looks to offer plenty of hope for progression and moving up to three miles in this Pertemps series qualifier at the stiff Esher track will really play to his strengths.
Harry Cobden taking the ride on Chris Gordon’s five-year-old is another reasonable indicator that a strong performance is expected.
TOP BOY has won two of his first four starts for new trainer Tony Carroll but still 10lb below his highest winning handicap mark. He ran well under today’s rider Tom Marquand at Kempton last time and can successfully concede weight all-round in a heat where there looks sure to be a strong pace for him to aim at.
MIDNIGHTS’ GIFT looks a likely type in the Download The App At Virgin Bet Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree on Saturday.
Alan King has an exceptional record with 3yo juvenile fillies, winning 13 races from 41 runners at 31.71 per cent with such a horse, with over 70 per cent of rivals beaten overall. He clearly excels in the sphere and Midnights’ Gift impressed on her hurdling bow last time, knuckling down to see off Break The Rules at Fakenham despite a less than fluent leap at the last.
The pair were miles clear of the third and there looks to be plenty more to come from King’s charge on the back of that victory.
A player who has featured in the City starting line-up in recent weeks is ANGELINO. The 22-year-old is currently Pep Guardiola's preferred choice at left-back and should start in that position again on Saturday.
The heatmaps show his intent to drive forward. He was a real threat on the left side last time out with large spells in the opposition half. The same can also be said for their recent trip to Liverpool. While that ended in defeat, Angelino spent a significant period in the other half of the pitch looking to create in attack.
Given City's system and a reliance on strong full-back play, there will be a time where Angelino grabs a goal himself. If he's floating around the opposition box, opportunities will feature and he can take one, odds of 12/1 looking generous to do so in style against United.
CRYSTAL PALACE's away form has been a positive. They sit sixth in the away standings with points picked up in four of their seven contests. Watford, on the other hand, have won just one league game all season.
They're already far behind in the battle for survival. Seven points now separates them with Southampton in 17th and that gap will only continue to grow as the trend of losing goes on.
Against a Palace side with a real threat in areas of their attack, Watford should suffer yet another defeat here and the one-goal handicap is worth chancing at prices around the 7/1 mark.
We'll start in the Sky Bet Championship where BLACKBURN are back in front of their own supporters as they welcome Derby. Rovers have won their last three games and take on a Rams side who have lost their last four on the road.
One game in Sky Bet League One and that involves BLACKPOOL. Victory could move them into the play-off positions and they'll fancy their chances having won their last two home games. Fleetwood, on the other hand, have won just two of their seven league away games.
Two in Sky Bet League Two and we'll start in West Yorkshire where BRADFORD are backed to beat Newport. The Bantams have the second-best home record in England's fourth tier and face a Newport side who, like Fleetwood, have only won two of their seven away.
Another home team backed for success is PORT VALE. Vale sit level on points with Bradford in the home standings and are currently unbeaten in front of their own supporters. In Walsall, they face a team who have lost their last three away games in the league.
Given how things worked out when they traded in June, I can only see a cautious approach from Joshua and it may well take a while for Ruiz to catch up with him as, for all his hands are rapid, the Mexican does have slow feet. This wasn't an issue last time as Joshua walked to him but he is likely to make him work a lot harder to get close on Saturday and this would mean we should see a few rounds.
With such uncertainty about who will come out on top, the rounds betting may indeed be the way to go and the line is OVER 7.5, which looks a solid bet at 10/11. It may well catch fire at some point, but that is unlikely to be early doors if Joshua has his way.
The undercard features three Joshua victims, including DILLIAN WHYTE, who makes his first outing since he failed a UKAD (UK Anti-Doping) test before his bout with Oscar Rivas in July.
While the Brixton banger was cleared to fight and notched a good win against the tricky Colombian, that cloud still hangs over him and he will be glad to get back to boxing when he takes on 16/1 outsider Mariusz Wach here.
The lanky Pole (35-5) went the distance when challenging Wladimir Klitschko in 2012, but he is much easier to hit these days and the 39-year-old was stopped twice when losing three on the bounce in an 18-month period up to April this year.
Both those inside-the-distance defeats came in the second half of the fight and that looks the way to go in this 10-rounder, with Whyte fancied to gradually wear down the older man and force the referee's intervention somewhere after halfway.
The last man off the shortlist before the tournament, Brandon Stone looks a bet at the halfway stage of the Mauritius Open having moved into a share of second place with 36 holes to play.
Leader Calum Hill is a player of immense potential, one who looks good enough to win already at this level, but even so I'm surprised he's any shorter than Stone in the betting. The South African, comfortable in these conditions, has won three European Tour events and was runner-up two starts ago.
There's talent everywhere, including Thomas Detry after he rebounded well on Friday, but the most decorated player here is Stone and, with his price holding up nicely, he's worth getting on-side.
Not that I've given up on Zander Lombard or Antoine Rozner yet. The latter is a big talent, too, while Lombard looks like he could shoot the round of the day if things click. He needs to tidy up having made some sloppy mistakes so far, but the way he's driving the ball there's certainly a low score out there.
Chances are he's given himself a little too much to do, but Stone is right where he needs to be and rates the best bet at this stage.