Sporting Life tipping record: How our recommended bets have performed

Sergio Aguero (right) celebrates his hat-trick for Manchester City against Arsenal

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in February 2019.

We pride ourselves on our transparent betting record so if we've tipped something in our 'recommended bets' section at the top of a betting preview, it will appear on this page.

Points system explained

We use a points system, ranging from 0.5 to 10, to help underline confidence in a selection and to help you weight your stakes. In other words, if your maximum bet is £100 and your normal bet is £10, you might have £10 on a 1pt win selection, £10 each-way for 1pt each-way, £20 for 2pts win, and so on.

Points staked also enable us to keep a fully transparent P&L, which you'll see below, but should be considered a guide only. Only bet what you can afford, and if you are concerned about your gambling please call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133, or visit

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Profit since start of 2003 until start of current month (February 2019) is +3074.12pts

  • February fixed-odds running total = -56.97pts
  • February ante-post running total = -8.00pts
  • February overall running total = -64.97pts


Ben Linfoot Value Bet (Feb 23) - 1pt win Just Your Type in 2.40 Newcastle at 8/1 (bet365, 888Sport), 1pt win Double Shuffle in 3.35 Kempton at 10/1 (William Hill), 1pt win Walt in 3.35 Kempton at 20/1 (bet365, Ladbrokes). PROFIT=17pts

Simon Holt (Feb 23) - 2pts win Talkischeap in 3.35 Kempton at 9/2 (General); 1pt win Erick Le Rouge in 1.15 Kempton at 11/2 (Coral); 1pt win Another Crick in 4.10 Kempton at 9/4 (General). PROFIT=5.75pts

Meydan (Feb 20) - 3pts win Divine Image in 16.15 at Meydan at 7/4 (General); 2pts win First Nation in 15.40 at Meydan at 2/1 (Sky Bet); 1pt win Ekhtiyaar in 15.05 at Meydan 6/1 (Sky Bet). PROFIT=9.25pts

Ben Linfoot Value Bet (Feb 16) - 1pt win Art Mauresque in 2.10 Ascot at 9/1 (Coral), 1pt win Mont Des Avaloirs in 3.20 Ascot at 12/1 (bet365), 1pt win Vieux Lion Rouge in 3.35 Haydock at 12/1 (General). LOSS=3pts

Simon Holt (Feb 16) - 2pts win Reikers Island in 2.10 Ascot at 11/4 (General), 1pt win Air Horse One in 1.00 Ascot at 7/1 (William Hill), 1pt win Blaklion in 2.55 Haydock at 8/1 (William Hill). LOSS=4pts

Meydan (Feb 13) - 2pts win Lavaspin 5.25 at Meydan at 5/2 (General); 1pt win Trolius 4.15 at Meydan at 10/1 (bet365). PROFIT=4pts

Ben Linfoot Value Bet (Feb 9) - 1pt win Peculiar Genius in 3.10 Naas at 8/1 (bet365, William Hill), 1pt win Cappuccino Man in 3.40 Naas at 12/1 (Betfair, Paddy Power, Boylesports). LOSS=2pts

Meydan (Feb 7) - 2pts win New Trails in the 16.50 at Meydan at 9/1 (Paddy Power); 2pts win Race Day in the 18.00 at Meydan at 5/1 (Ladbrokes, Coral). LOSS=4pts

Betfair Hurdle (Feb 9) - 2pts win Countister at 12/1 (Ladbrokes, BetVictor); 1pt win Mount des Avaloirs at 16/1 (General). VOID

Oli Bell (Feb 2) - 2pts e.w. Jetez in 2.00 Leopardstown at 14/1 (General). 2pts win Le Richebourg in 3.45 Leopardstown at 15/8 (General). 2pts win Moon Over Germany in 4.20 Leopardstown at 5/1 (General). LOSS=2.25pts

Value Bet (Feb 2) - 1pt win Jetez in 2.00 Leopardstown at 14/1 (General); 0.5pts e.w. Cartwright in 2.00 Leopardstown at 33/1 (General); 1pt e.w. Lungarno Palace in 3.00 Sandown at 20/1 (General); 1pt win Paloma Blue in 3.45 Leopardstown at 9/1 (General). LOSS=4pts

Simon Holt (Feb 2) - 1pt win Gino Trail in 1.15 Sandown at SP; 1pt win Casko D'Airy in 3.00 Sandown at 7/1 (General); 2pts win Belami Des Pictons in 3.35 Sandown at 5/1 (General). LOSS=4pts


Premier League (Feb 27) - 1pt Crystal Palace to beat Man United at 113/50 (Marathon Bet), 1pt Wilfried Zaha to score anytime v Man United at 13/5 (Betfair, Paddy Power), 1pt Leroy Sane to score anytime in Man City v West Ham at 13/10 (General). LOSS=3pts

Chelsea v Tottenham (Feb 27) - 2pts Over 11.5 corners at 17/10 (Unibet, 888 Sport), 1pt Jorginho to be shown a card at 7/2 (Bet365). LOSS=3pts

Sky Bet EFL (Feb 26) - 1pt Pablo Hernandez to score anytime in QPR v Leeds at 3/1 (General), 1pt Under 9.5 corners in Sheffield Wednesday v Brentford at 11/8 (General). LOSS=2pts

Tuesday Premier League (Feb 26) - 3pts Wolves to beat Huddersfield at 5/6 (General); 1pt Leicester to win & both teams to score at 7/2 (General). PROFIT=0.5pts

Nottingham Forest v Derby (Feb 25) - 1pt Nottingham Forest to beat Derby at 6/4 (General). PROFIT=1.5pts

Carabao Cup Final (Feb 24) - 1pt Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, N'Golo Kante and Fernandinho to make 14+ tackles between them at 22/1 (Sky Bet). LOSS=1pt

Manchester United v Liverpool (Feb 24) - 1pt Manchester United to score 2+ goals at 11/8 (Sky Bet). LOSS=1pt

Leicester v Crystal Palace (Feb 23) - 1pt Crystal Palace (draw no bet) at 8/5 (Marathon Bet). PROFIT=1.6pts

Sky Bet EFL (Feb 23) - 1pt Jack Harrison to score anytime in Leeds v Bolton at 16/5 (Betfair, Paddy Power), 1pt Over 11.5 corners in Portsmouth v Barnsley at 2/1 (Unibet), 1pt Luke Garbutt to score anytime in Blackpool v Oxford at 14/1 (bet365). LOSS=3pts

Premier League (Feb 23) - 1pt Wolves to win and over 1.5 total goals at 12/5 (General); 1pt Miguel Almiron to score anytime for Newcastle v Huddersfield at 3/1 (Sporting Bet). LOSS=2pts

Burnley v Tottenham (Feb 23) - 1pt Tottenham to win & under 3.5 goals at 6/4 (General). LOSS=1pt

Premier League (Feb 22) - 1pt West Ham to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 21/10 (Sky Bet); 0.5pt Cardiff to win and under 1.5 total goals at 11/2 (BetBright). LOSS=1.5pts

Europa League (Feb 21) - 1pt Arsenal to win & over 3.5 goals at 13/10 (Betfair).LOSS=1pt

Champions League (Feb 20) - 1pt Man City to be leading at Schalke after 30 minutes at 13/10 (Ladbrokes, Coral), 1pt Fernandinho to be carded in Schalke v Man City at 13/5 (Sky Bet). PROFIT=3.9pts

Champions League (Feb 19) - 2pts Mats Hummels 3+ tackles in Liverpool v Bayern at 9/4 (Sky Bet), 1pt Tanguy NDombele 1+ shots on target in Lyon v Barcelona at 11/2 (Sky Bet). PROFIT=3.5pts

Chelsea v Manchester United (Feb 18) - 1pt N'Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic to make 16+ tackles between them at 11/1 (Sky Bet). LOSS=1pt

Blackburn v Middlesbrough (Feb 17) - 1pt Blackburn to win at 2/1 (General), 1pt Bradley Dack to score anytime at 5/2 (Unibet, 888 Sport). LOSS=2pts

Sky Bet EFL (Feb 16) - 1pt Will Vaulks to score anytime in Rotherham v Sheffield Wednesday at 6/1 (General), 1pt Ipswich to beat Stoke at 33/10 (Marathon Bet, Unibet), 1pt 30+ Fleetwood booking points in Fleetwood v Luton at 6/4 (Sky Bet). LOSS=0.5pts

FA Cup (Feb 15-17) - 1pt Watford to beat QPR to nil at 21/10 (Sky Bet), 1pt Brighton to win & under 2.5 goals at 3/1 (General), 1pt Swansea to beat Brentford at 7/5 (General). PROFIT=2.5pts

Sunderland v Accrington (Feb 15) - 1pt Luke O'Nien to score anytime at 6/1 (Betfred), 1pt Ben Richards-Everton to be shown a card at 13/5 (Bet365). LOSS=2pts

Europa League (Feb 14) - 1pt Arsenal win to nil at 6/4 (General), 1pt Lazio to win at 7/5 (General). LOSS=2pts

Champions League (Feb 13) - 1pt Noussair Mazraoui to be shown a card in Ajax v Real Madrid at 9/2 (Sky Bet), 1pt Axel Witsel to have 1+ shots on target in Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund at 2/1 (Sky Bet). PROFIT=1pt

Champions League Tuesday (Feb 12) - 2pts Roma to beat Porto at 11/10 (General). PROFIT=2.2pts

Wolves v Newcastle (Feb 11) - 1pt Wolves to win and under 2.5 goals at 9/4 (General). LOSS=1pt

Manchester City v Chelsea (Feb 10) - 2pts red card to be shown at 22/5 (Unibet), 1pt penalty to be awarded at 5/2 (Boyle Sports). PROFIT 0.5pts

Tottenham v Leicester (Feb 10) - 1pt Heung-min Son to score 2+ goals at 6/1 (BoyleSports, Bet365). LOSS=1pt

Brighton v Burnley (Feb 9) - 1pt Burnley to win at 3/1 (General). PROFIT=3pts

Fulham v Man United (Feb 9) - 1pt Man Utd to win to nil at 21/10 (General). PROFIT=2.1pts

Saturday's Premier League tips (Feb 9) - 1pt Michy Batshuayi to score anytime in Crystal Palace v West Ham at 9/4 (Betfair, Paddy Power), 1pt Arsenal to win to nil at 17/9 at Huddersfield (188Bet), 1pt Everton to win and BTTS at 5/1 (Paddy Power). LOSS=3pts

Sky Bet EFL (Feb 9) - 1pt Over 12.5 corners in Middlesbrough v Leeds at 23/10 (Unibet), 1pt Sean Maguire to score anytime in Bolton v Preston at 23/10 (General), 1pt Luton to score 3+ goals in Luton v Wycombe at 12/5 (bet365). PROFIT=0.4pts

Aston Villa v Sheffield United (Feb 8) - 0.5pts Conor Hourihane, John McGinn, Oliver Norwood and John Fleck to have 8+ shots on target between them at 750/1 (Sky Bet), 1pt Over 3.5 goals in the game at 2/1 (bet365, BetVictor). PROFIT=1.5pts

FA Cup (Feb 6) - 1pt Conor Townsend to score anytime at 25/1 (General), 1pt Brighton to beat West Brom (90mins) at 2/1 (General). LOSS=2pts

Everton v Man City (Feb 6) - 1pt Man City to score 3+ goals at 21/20 (General). LOSS=1pt

FA Cup (Feb 5) - 1pt Jamille Matt to score anytime in Newport County v Middlesbrough at 3/1 (General), 2pts Adama Traore to score anytime in Wolves v Shrewsbury at 49/20 (Unibet, 888 Sport). LOSS=3pts

West Ham v Liverpool (Feb 4) - 2pts Liverpool win to nil at 13/10 (General). LOSS=2pts

Man City v Arsenal (Feb 3) - 1pt Man City to win & both teams to score at 7/5 (General). PROFIT=1.4pts

Leicester v Man United (Feb 3) - 1pt Leicester/draw no bet at 7/4 (MarathonBet). LOSS=1pts

Leeds v Norwich (Feb 2) - 1pt Jack Harrison to score anytime at 9/2 (Betfred), 1pt Luke Ayling to score anytime at 12/1 (Spread Ex). LOSS=2pts

Cardiff v Bournemouth (Feb 2) - 1pt Bournemouth to win & under 2.5 goals at 21/5 (Ladbrokes, Coral). LOSS=1pt

Spurs v Newcastle (Feb 2) - 1pt Tottenham to win to nil at 13/10 (188Sport). PROFIT=1.3pts

Sky Bet EFL (Feb 2) - 1pt Jack O'Connell to score anytime in Sheffield United v Bolton at 16/1 (William Hill), 1pt Bristol City to win and over 3.5 goals in the game at 6/1 (General), 1pt Scunthorpe/Draw on double chance at 19/10 (Unibet, 888 Sport). LOSS=3pts

Premier League (Feb 2) - 1pt Southampton in a draw no bet v Burnley at 11/10 (Marathon Bet); 1pt BTTS in Palace v Brighton at 4/5 (General); 1pt Wolves to score 2+ goals at 2/1 (Sky Bet). PROFIT=1pt

Preston v Derby (Feb 1) - 1pt Jayden Stockley to score a header at 15/2 (Boyle Sports), 1pt Jayden Stockley to be shown a card at 11/2 (bet365, Boyle Sports). LOSS=2pts


Honda Classic first round preview (Feb 28) - 1pt Nick Watney to win his three-ball at 2/1 (Unibet, 888sport); 1pt Luke List to win his three-ball at 6/4 (Unibet, 888sport). LOSS=2pts

WGC-Mexico first round preview (Feb 21) - 2pts Aaron Wise to win his three-ball at 11/8 (General); 2pts Emiliano Grillo to win his three-ball at 5/4 (General); 1pt double Wise and Grillo at 4.35/1 (General). LOSS=2.62pts

Puerto Rico Open (Feb 21-24) - 2pts e.w. Aaron Baddeley at 28/1 (Betfair, Paddy Power 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1pt e.w. Ollie Schniederjans at 40/1 (General 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6); 1pt e.w. Fabian Gomez at 551 (Betfred 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6); 1pt e.w. Robert Streb at 50/1 (Betfair, Paddy Power 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1pt e.w. Ryan Blaum at 70/1 (bet365 1/4 1,2,3,4,5). PROFIT=3.2pts

WGC-Mexico Championship (Feb 21-24) - 1pt e.w. Danny Willett at 200/1 (Unibet 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6); 1pt e.w. Alex Noren at 100/1 (General 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6); 1pt e.w. Shubhankar Sharma to lead after round one at 100/1 (Unibet 1/4 1,2,3,4,5); 1pt e.w. Aaron Rai to lead after round one at 100/1 (General 1/4 1,2,3,4,5); 1pt e.w. Lucas Bjerregaard to lead after round one at 100/1 (General 1/4 1,2,3,4,5). LOSS=1pts

Genesis Open R1 (Feb 14) - 1pt Sam Saunders to win his three-ball at 11/4 (General); 2pt double Hideki Matsuyama and Tyrrell Hatton at 2.66/1 (General). PROFIT=0.75pt

Genesis Open (Feb 14-17) - 3pts win Dustin Johnson at 9/1 (General); 1.5pts e.w. Hideki Matsuyama at 30/1 (Paddy Power 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8); 1pt e.w. Charles Howell at 66/1 (General 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1pt e.w. Jason Kokrak at 80/1 (Sky Bet, Paddy Power 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8); 1pt e.w. Harold Varner III at 150/1 (General 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 0.5pt e.w. Carlos Ortiz at 500/1 (bet365 1/4 1,2,3,4,5). PROFIT=2.2pts

ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth (Feb 14-17) - 1pt e.w. Marcus Fraser at 66/1 (General 1/4 1,2,3,4); 1pt e.w. Grant Forrest at 110/1 (bet365 1/4 1,2,3,4); 1pt e.w. Matthew Nixon at 150/1 (General 1/4 1,2,3,4); 1pt e.w. Michael Hoey at 200/1 (General 1/4 1,2,3,4); 0.5pt e.w. Matt Stieger at 200/1 (General 1/4 1,2,3,4); 0.5pt e.w. Matt Jager at 275/1 (bet365 1/4 1,2,3,4). LOSS=10pts

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Feb 7-10) - 1pt e.w. J.B. Holmes at 80/1 (General 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1pt e.w. Graeme McDowell at 150/1 (Unibet, 888sport 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6); 1pt e.w. Brandon Harkins at 200/1 (Betfred, BoyleSports 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7). LOSS=6pts

ISPS Handa Vic Open (Feb 7-10) - 3pts e.w. Aaron Rai at 28/1 (Paddy Power 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1.5pts e.w. Adrian Otaegui at 33/1 (Coral, BoyleSports 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1pt e.w. Callum Shinkwin at 66/1 (Coral 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1pt e.w. Kim Koivu at 100/1 (Coral 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 1pt e.w. Jordan Zunic at 100/1 (BoyleSports 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7). LOSS=15pts

Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jan 31-Feb 3) - 2pts e.w. Tony Finau at 22/1 (Paddy Power 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8); 2pts e.w. Phil Mickelson at 28/1 (William Hill 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6); 1pt e.w. Lucas Glover at 100/1 (Betfred 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7); 0.5pt e.w. Scott Stallings at 250/1 (Unibet, 888sport 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6); 0.5pt e.w. Trey Mullinax at 250/1 (Paddy Power 1/5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8). LOSS=12pts


Welsh Open: (Feb 11-17) - 1pt e.w Barry Hawkins to win the Welsh Open at 20/1 (Bet365); 1pt e.w Luca Brecel to win the Welsh Open at 80/1 (Ladbrokes, William Hill). LOSS=4pts

Coral World Grand Prix: Quarter-Finals (Feb 7) - 3pts Yuan Sijun to beat Xiao Guodong at evens (General). LOSS=3pts

Coral World Grand Prix (Feb 7-10) - 1pt e.w Yuan Sijun to win the Coral World Grand Prix at 20/1 (General). LOSS=2pts


Big Bash: (Feb 14-17) -3pts Hobart Hurricanes to win the Big Bash at 9/4 (Betway, Matchbook). LOSS=3pts

West Indies v England: Third Test (Feb 9-13) - 2pts Kemar Roach top West Indies first innings bowler at 11/4 (Unibet, 888 Sport); 2pts Roston Chase top West Indies first innings runscorer at 13/2 (General). PROFIT=3.5pts

West Indies v England: Second Test (Jan 31-Feb 4) - 2pts Roston Chase top West Indies first innings runscorer at 15/2 (Betfair). LOSS=2pts

Rugby union:

Wales v England (Feb 23) - 3pts Wales (+5) to beat England at evens (Sky Bet, Betway). PROFIT=3pts

France v Scotland (Feb 23) - 2pts France (-6) to beat Scotland at evens (General). PROFIT=2pts

England v France (Feb 10) - 3pts France (+14) at evens (General). LOSS=3pts

Italy v Wales (Feb 9) - 2pts Italy +9 on the half-time handicap at 10/11 (General); 1pt Italy to leading at half-time at 5/1 (General). PROFIT=0.82pts

Ireland v England (Feb 2) - 2pts England (+9) to beat Ireland at evens (General). PROFIT=2pts

Scotland v Italy (Feb 2) - 3pts Italy (+25) to beat Scotland at evens (Betway). PROFIT=3pts

France v Wales (Feb 1) - 1pt Guilhem Guirado to score first try at 22/1 (bet365). LOSS=1pt


PDC Darts Masters (Feb 1-3) - 1pt Peter Wright to reach the final at 9/2 (Sky Bet); 0.5pt e.w. Joe Cullen to win the Masters at 80/1 (BoyleSports 1/3 1,2). LOSS=2pts


DeGale v Eubank Jr (Feb 23) - 3pts James DeGale to win by decision at 2/1 (sportingbet). LOSS=3pts


Super Bowl (Feb 3) - 3pts Patriots to win (-2.5) at 10/11 (General). PROFIT=2.73pts

Long-term or ante-post previews:


West Indies v England Test Series: (Jan 23-Feb 13) - 4pts James Anderson Top England Series Bowler at 3/1 (General); 1pt England to beat West Indies 2-1 at 3/1 (Sky Bet, Spreadex). LOSS=5pts

T20 Big Bash (Dec 19-Feb 17) - 3pts Perth Scorchers to win the Big Bash at 9/2 (Sky Bet). LOSS=3pts

Rugby league:

Super League - 1pt Jake Trueman to win the Man of Steel award at 40/1 (Ladbrokes, Coral); 1pt Tom Johnstone to be Super League top tryscorer at 11/1 (General). Result pending

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