Best bets for Friday in football, golf, horse racing, cricket, rugby league and greyhound racing

Last Updated August 11 2017, 21:39Racing
Arsenal lift the Community Shield
Arsenal lift the Community Shield

Our best bets for Friday include David John's pick for the opening game of the Premier League season, and selections for golf, horse racing, cricket, rugby league and greyhound racing.

David John - Arsenal to beat Leicester and both teams to score

"There was quite a lot to be impressed with last weekend from Arsenal’s victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield. Both teams to score is rejected at odds-on in favour of the hosts winning with both teams on the scoresheet."

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Ben Coley - Thomas Pieters to beat Xander Schauffele and Rod Pampling at 11/8

"All things considered, I would still expect Thomas Pieters to be a solid favourite here at no bigger than evens, despite what happened on Thursday. He's not, so let's back him."

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Ben Linfoot - Major Pusey 8.10 Newmarket at SP

"Major Pusey should go extremely close to winning at Newmarket with a repeat of his latest effort at Windsor. He raced completely alone towards the far rail and only just missed out that night, finishing a fine second to Ice Age and the form should be marked up given how the race panned out."

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Hampshire celebrate against Glamorgan
Hampshire celebrate against Glamorgan

Dave Tickner - Hampshire-Gloucestershire double in NatWest T20 Blast

"Thursday’s results in the NatWest T20 Blast have only added to the feeling that Hampshire and Gloucestershire are the best bets on the coupon, and the double at a touch better than 11/4 makes plenty of appeal."

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Ian Millward - Hull (+6) to beat St Helens

"Hull are the best bet of this round of matches to grind out the win and prove their credentials as a top-four team."

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Richard Wilson - Ruby's Razzle (T1) 8.37 Romford at SP

"The best bet of the night could come at 8.37, where the gutsy Rubys Razzle (T1) is fancied to return to winning ways for champion trainer Wallis. A Golden Jacket runner-up earlier this season, the brindled bitch owes connections nothing but could provide them with another big winner at a venue where she has enjoyed plenty of success in recent months."

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Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Matt Brocklebank provides the nap of the day for Friday after tipping a 3/1 winner at Salisbury on Thursday.

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Jessica Harrington has set her sights on Irish Champions Weekend with Pincheck following his clear-cut victory in the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

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Johnston targets more Classic success

Record-chasing Mark Johnston is targeting more Classic glory before he considers handing over the reins to his son, Charlie.

Most Read Racing

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action1

Friday's racing preview

Nick Robson is backing Archie Watson to claim Listed success with Shumookhi at Newbury - he has a tip for every Friday race.

Thundering Blue wins well at York2

Classy International field assembled

Connections of Thundering Blue have taken the plunge and supplemented the grey for the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing3

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Matt Brocklebank provides the nap of the day for Friday after tipping a 3/1 winner at Salisbury on Thursday.

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Pincheck lands Desmond Stakes

Jessica Harrington has set her sights on Irish Champions Weekend with Pincheck following his clear-cut victory in the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on Thursday.

Mark Johnston (left) pictured with wife Deirdre and son Charlie5

Johnston targets more Classic success

Record-chasing Mark Johnston is targeting more Classic glory before he considers handing over the reins to his son, Charlie.

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Matt Brocklebank provides the nap of the day for Friday after tipping a 3/1 winner at Salisbury on Thursday.

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Nick Robson is backing Archie Watson to claim Listed success with Shumookhi at Newbury - he has a tip for every Friday race.

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