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Saturday's Bets of the Day for December 22
Saturday's Bets of the Day for December 22

Ascot features top-class jumps action on Saturday while the Premier League continues at apace and the Big Bash springs into life.

Racing

Ben Linfoot

Sam Spinner 2.25 Ascot

Multiple winners are a common theme in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot and Sam Spinner can follow up his career-best win in this race last year on Saturday by landing the big prize again.

He wasn’t running a bad race when he unseated at Newbury last time and, given he usually comes on significantly for his reappearance run, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him leave that form behind.

Cheekpieces are enlisted in a bid to help him and the good thing is there doesn’t look to be much pace pressure on paper in this race, so he could well get the run of things out in front.

David Ord

Magic Saint 1.50 Ascot

He was a big eyecatcher on his first start for Paul Nicholls at Haydock, looking sure to give the smart Actival a real test until tiring in the closing stages.

He takes a drop in trip in the My Pension Expert Handicap Chase at Ascot, which looks a significant move, and a mark of 143 looks workable.

He’s in excellent hands and this four-time winner in his native France looks ready to hit the winning trail in England.

Matt Brocklebank

Jammin Masters 3.00 Ascot

Warren Greatrex is looking forward to stepping Jammin Masters up to three miles at Ascot and it’s not hard to see why.

He was hunted round in the rear by Richard Johnson on his return to action at Carlisle last month but came home really strongly to finish second behind Court Meribel, form that has since worked out very well.

The handicapper put Jammin Masters up 3lb for getting beaten which is never a good thing but it looks perfectly understandable and this horse – who has plenty of experience over fences from point-to-points and hunter chases – is totally unexposed in this sphere.

Stepping up in distance on much softer ground will definitely play to his strengths and there’s a nice handicap to be won with Jammin Masters. Hopefully it’s the Garrard Silver Cup on Saturday.

Football

George Pitts

Bournemouth to beat Brighton and over 1.5 total goals

Bournemouth can put an end to their torrid run of seven defeats in eight as they host south coast rivals Brighton.

A home victory is available at just below evens, so adding in over 1.5 total goals gives you a much tastier price.

The Cherries have a good record against the Seagulls over the years and this is a great fixture for them to turn their form around.

Bournemouth tend to get good results against bottom-half sides and they are fairly strong at home, winning four and drawing two.

Having been able to rotate for their quarter-final Cup Clash at Chelsea in midweek, Bournemouth will be fresh legged and look worth backing.

Tom Carnduff

Marco Stiepermann to score anytime in Blackburn v Norwich

Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann represents terrific value to score anytime against Blackburn.

Stiepermann has scored in consecutive games, meaning he's netted three times in his last five matches.

Norwich have only failed to score in two of their last 20 games, with five goals in their last three games. Away games have provided little issue either, with 12 goals in their last five Championship games on the road.

Combine that with the fact that Rovers have been conceding at home, five goals in their last three at Ewood Park, and the potential is there for Norwich to score on more than one occasion here.


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Boxing

Chris Oliver

Dillian Whyte to beat Dereck Chisora by decision

Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora look set to pick up where they left off in their fight of the year contender in this month of 2016.

Whyte has gone from strength to strength since since that narrow victory, winning all four bouts since, while Chisora comes into this one on the back of a great win having taken some punishment prior to the shock stoppage.

You do wonder just how many times Chisora can go to the well in a long career that features eight defeats and with that in mind, Whyte by decision is the recommendation.

NFL

Paul Higham

Handicap double - Titans (-7) & Chargers (-4)

Two games on Saturday laced with play-off permutations with all four teams having plenty to fight for in the penultimate week of regular season action before the race to the Super Bowl gets underway.

The LA Chargers are challenging to be the best team in the AFC along with the Kansas City Chiefs and although they face the best defence in the NFL in Baltimore, they should have enough with star running back Melvin Gordon returning from injury to get over the line.

The Tennessee Titans have won three straight and in Derrick Henry have the most destructive force in the league over the last two games – he’ll prove to be the difference at home against the Washington Redskins.

Cricket

Richard Mann

Perth Scorchers to beat Sydney Sixers

Perth Scorchers were turned over by the Melbourne Renegades on Thursday but are fancied to get back on track against the Sydney Sixers on Saturday.

The Scorchers are the most successful side in the history of the Big Bash but their batting imploded in their season opener as they were rolled out for only 103.

However, their excellent pace attack gave them more than a glimmer of hope when reducing the Renegades to 17-4 in reply and although those efforts were to prove in vain, it was another demonstration of how hard the Scorchers are to beat.

A batting line up packed full of power and experience won't stay down for long and expect them to bounce back quickly against a Sixers side short on star quality.

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