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Saturday's best bets
Saturday's best bets

No time to get your breath back after a wonderful Cheltenham Festival as have a packed Saturday of sport with great racing, league and cup football, and big Six Nations games.

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RACING

David Ord

My Way - 2.40 Kempton

It’s been a good week for Paul Nicholls at Cheltenham and he can claim the Matchbook VIP Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle at Kempton courtesy of My Way. The five-year-old has taken a while to justify a tall reputation but there have been definite signs of the penny dropping recently, most notably at Warwick last time.

He eventually finished third behind One For Rosie but was too keen through the race and will have learned plenty from the experience. The stronger pace here will suit and he looks very fairly treated from an opening mark of 121.

Ben Coley

The Midlands National is among the most demanding tests in racing and it might just prove ideal for Jammin Masters. Trained by Warren Greatrex, this horse has put together a frustrating sequence of seconds but just looks a little one-paced if anything, and that’s not a concern with four and a quarter miles on bad ground to get through.

He brings to this race a blend of scope and experience and with testing conditions to suit, he looks a tempting each-way option in a race where the class horses towards the top of the weights have something to prove.

Anita Chambers

Forth Bridge is the pick at Kempton in the richly-endowed Matchbook Silver Bowl Handicap Chase.

Trained by Charlie Longsdon for the Queen, Forth Bridge has been suffering a bit of seconditis of late - having to settle for minor honours on his last three runs. He was well beaten last time when pitched in over an extended two miles and six furlongs, but may feel the benefit of switching back to two and a half miles here.

FOOTBALL

George Pitts - Premier League tips

Bournemouth have averaged over three goals per game in the Premier League this season and they have netted in both halves seven times this season, most recently in the win at Huddersfield last week. As with backing 2+ goals, this option does not rely on the outcome of the final result, just as long as they find the back of the net.

Burnley have lost three successive Premier League matches and will be looking nervously over their shoulders with just a two-point cushion over the bottom three.

The Foxes had plenty of positives to take from last weekend's 3-1 win over Fulham, with plenty of aggression and intent, and another week on the training ground with their new boss will have done them the world of good.


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Tom Carnduff - EFL Tips

The centre-back has relished his move into midfield and has found himself on a prolific run in front of goal.

The 25-year-old has scored five goals in his last four games. Since that move to midfield, he's posted shots in all games but one (the defeat to Sheffield United). It shows that he is now being given the freedom to get forward more and join the attack and it's reflected in the goals he's scoring.

2pts Luke Ayling to have 1+ shots on target in Leeds United v Sheffield United at 11/4

A key to Bielsa's success as Leeds has been seeing the full backs get forward and getting into the box.

One of the key areas in this game will be out wide. Both teams have attack-minded full-backs and that could leave space on the counter-attack. For Ayling, he'll be eager to exploit space left by Enda Stevens when he is up the pitch.

Paul Higham - FA Cup tips

Playing away will suit Palace, they’re far more effective away from Selhurst Park and have won five of their last seven on the road.

There’s also more chance of goals here than if the fixture were reversed with Palace scoring in their last nine away games and Watford managing just four clean sheets at home all season.

Team selection will be key here but both teams will be as strong as possible with the international break coming up soon afterwards, and both know this is a great chance to at least get to a final.

Again, United playing away will see them sit back and try and hit on the break and the first goal could be crucial in what should be a tight one as Wolves still don't score that many goals even in their strong recent home run.

It's a tough one, and again check on the teams, but Wolves are a good side and in big games against big sides they have really raised their game - making them a decent shout at the price.

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SIX NATIONS

Tony Calvin

France were absolutely woeful against Ireland and England, while Italy have performed better this season than in recent years. They have only notched up three fewer points than France and have scored three tries against Scotland, and two each against Wales, Ireland and England.

If their forwards can gain parity against the French pack then they could give the opposition, who have conceded at an average of 26 points a match so far, the run around on their own patch.

Italy only lost by 13 points in Scotland, and by 11 and 10 points respectively at home to Wales and Ireland.

Being the last game of the tournament, everything or nothing could fall on this match in terms of winning the title. If it is a dead rubber for England then Scotland could catch them cold early on and 7/1 looks really good for a small bet on this.

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