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Excelled in the spring last campaign with his Triumph Hurdle win here and then that G1 victory at Aintree. The one to beat here on that form.
Jonjo O’Neill’s charge is proving expensive to follow but looks to he been found the ideal opportunity to open his account over fences in the bet365.com Handicap Chase at Doncaster. The six-year-old looked set to strike at Ascot last time for much of the contest but a mistake two out proved costly behind Flying Angel. He jumped out to the left there so Town Moor will play to his strengths and the drop in trip will suit the strong-travelling sort too. He appeals as being leniently treated from his current mark of 132 but it’s time for him to start delivering and this is a good chance to do so.
STRAIGHT RIGHT looks the bet of the day in the Bombardier British Hopped Amber Beer Handicap at Newcastle (3.10) on Saturday. Andrew Balding’s charge has been off since finishing down the field in the Wokingham but he goes well at Newcastle and he goes well fresh so he has plenty in his favour this weekend. He won a seven-furlong handicap off a mark of 100 at this track in 2018 and he had 220 days off before winning at Chelmsford after that. The son of Siyouni was also second off 107 at Newcastle earlier this year yet he gets to race off 100 on Saturday after dropping 7lb in three runs. Graham Lee, who has a good record for the Kingsclere handler (six wins at 24 per cent), can ride him with confidence.
It’s worth waiting at Cheltenham on Saturday, with the best bet coming in the concluding Park Mares’ Handicap Hurdle. Nicky Henderson runs two and could be responsible for the favourite in Dame De Compagnie, but LUST FOR GLORY makes considerably more appeal, especially at the prices. She caught the eye in a big way when second at Ascot on her seasonal return, shaping like a move up in distance would bring about further improvement. It looks significant that the Waley-Cohen family – big supporters of the Henderson yard over the years – went to £235,000 to secure the services of the mare at the sales in the spring and she looks sure to start repaying some of that before long.
A fine second behind the subsequent Ryanair Chase winner Frodon in last year's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, is fancied to go one better, despite a rise in the weight.
He's becoming a smart chaser and, under 11st12lb, made an excellent reappearance at Aintree last month when battling hard all the way up the home straight behind the clearly well handicapped Riders Onthe Storm with Old Grangewood, a winner since at Newbury, 12 lengths back in third.
Although up 8lb for that effort, Cepage would have renewed rivalry with his conqueror (declared a non-runner in error) here on 5lb better terms even though he closed the gap between the two horses to just under two lengths at the line.
While the 2/1 price on them to score two or more before the interval is tempting, the 5/4 on them to be leading after 30 minutes is preferred.
Frank Lampard's side have scored 10 goals in this period so far this season, including their last home outing against Aston Villa, and that should put them on their way to a comfortable home win over the Howe's men.
For all Norwich's recent struggles, they still create chances and average five corners per away game in the top flight this term.
Leicester have the best defensive record in the league having conceded just 10 goals and may well keep out the Canaries, but they could at least have their fair share of defending to do.
Backing at least four Norwich corners is around 5/4 but the more appealing 9/4 price is on them to have at least five set pieces.
Wallace starred against Bristol City last time out with a goal to his name. That took his direct goal involvement tally to 13 for the season - a great return over 19 games.
He's demonstrated that ability to strike from various situations this season and it's difficult to argue against him not being able to score again here.
A price of 22/5 is very generous considering his record this season and the form he'll carry into this game following that performance on Tuesday night.
The Tykes gained a point in midweek as they drew with Reading, making it four points from a possible six in their last two home encounters.
The home side are likely to be one of those teams that sits high in the over 2.5 goals league by the end of the season. 12 of their 21 games this season have seen three or more goals and that trend should only continue.
As the 11 point gap at the top suggests, Leeds and West Brom are the best two teams in the Sky Bet Championship, however they do not own the best home record as that honour goes to Alex Neil's sixth-placed side. Preston have an impressive 8-2-1 home record with an incredible 27 goals scored and their only defeat coming to a high-flying West Brom.
On Saturday they play 21st-placed Luton, who have a 2-0-9 away record with 11 scored and 28 conceded - 10 of those goals in the last two games.
You can back the Preston win at around 4/6 or on -0.75 on the Asian Line which a one-goal margin of victory will give you half your stake as a win and half void or hopefully for us Preston backers a 2+ goal margin for the full win.
- PRESTON are backed at home to a Luton side that have lost their last six away, conceding 13 goals in their last three without reply.
- OXFORD travel to take on MK Dons having won four of their last five away, while MK have seen four of their last five at home end in defeat.
- PLYMOUTH are strong favourites as they welcome Morecambe. Ryan Lowe's men have won their last three home league games while the struggling Shrimps sit bottom.
- SWINDON to beat Oldham. The hosts sit top of the table and have won their last three league games at home.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay are rare road favourites, but that's hardly surprising considering Detroit have been on a truly awful run, losing six on the spin and nine out of their last 10 while the Bucs are as good as anyone in the NFC recently with a 4-1 record over the last five. They're even still mathmatically in with an admittedly unlikely play-off shout.
QB Jameis Winston is struggling and receiver Mike Evans is out, which is a concern, but only for Tampa Bay's ability to put up points, as we're not too bothered about the result here just the total! The Bucs have been scoring for fun and in fact hold the NFL's best record with 10 of their 13 games going over the total point spread.
There's been 50 points or more in five of their seven road games, while four of Detroit's six home games have hit the half-century mark. When you look at the total lines set by the bookmakers it's even more impressive - five of Tampa Bay's last six away and five of Detroit's last five at home have come in as 'over'.