Saturday Bets of the Day: All our free sports tips for Saturday including horse racing, football, snooker and UFC

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Our Saturday bets of the day is back with an action packed day ahead with Royal Ascot, Premier League and Sky Bet Championship football, snooker and UFC.

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Racing

Sporting Life NAP

Mark Johnston's horse glided through his debut race when winning impressively at Newbury and looks bound for bigger things.

He's almost certain to be fully effective with some cut in the ground, being by Night Of Thunder, and he represents a team in brilliant form through the week, including jockey Jim Crowley who must be riding the crest of a wave right now.

Simon Holt

Peter Hedger's stable-star comes here in good form after a recent win at Newmarket, despite being disadvantaged by a slow pace, and now races off a 2lb lower mark than two years ago.

On that occasion, he was staying on strongly but, on good to firm ground, the leaders were not slowing down quickly enough whereas, on ground that has been affected by much rain this week, things may fall better for a horse who ran well on good-to-soft when trained by Roger Charlton and who probably stays seven furlongs well.

David Ord

Alan King can snare his second staying prize of the week with this remarkable eight-year-old. He’s been chasing this winter but is a very capable performer on the level, winning the Northumberland Plate and finishing fourth in the Prix du Cadran last term.

He stays well, handles the track as we saw when third in the 2017 Ascot Stakes and his yard are going well.

He looks sure to go well here in a weaker than usual renewal of the race with Irish horses unable to compete, The Grand Visir rating the danger.


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Football

Premier League

Odds of 7/1 for Leicester's attacking midfielder are astonishing.

If we are comparing the restart to the start of the season, Tielemans had six shots in his first two games - against Wolves and Chelsea, so certainly no pushover opposition.

The Belgian averages 1.6 shots per game in the league over the course of the campaign, but when he shoots, more often than not they come in a flurry - on 14 occasions he has had two efforts or more.

Mikel Arteta was quite spiky in his post-match interview following Arsenal’s 3-0 midweek defeat to Manchester City, frustration clear to see, and you can expect a reaction on Saturday.

Not only will they be ready to react, they should be a bit sharper than Brighton after having midweek to dust off the cobwebs. Eddie Nketiah, who scored a hat-trick in their warm-up game against Charlton earlier this month, Golden Boot-hunting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette can spur the side on to get all three points.

More Premier League tips here.

Sky Bet Championship

With the Asian Handicap giving nothing away, and with us being left to speculate a fair bit on what could happen, perhaps this is the one weekend where xG and xPTS should be viewed with more importance.

When it comes down to that, Brentford beat Fulham in most areas. The forecast charts also have them finishing above Fulham in third; victory here will go a long way in achieving that goal and becoming the 'top seed' for the post-season play-offs.

And it's better to side with the away team here; especially if the trend of away teams winning carries over from the Bundesliga.

More EFL Championship tips here.

Sporting Life Acca

BLACKBURN welcome fellow play-off hopefuls Bristol City and have a good home record against those sides around them.

BARNSLEY put together a good run of results prior to the break which included a 3-0 win away at Fulham. They have much more riding on this game than their opponents QPR.

A look at a table since Michael O'Neill took charge at STOKE at the beginning of September has Stoke sitting in seventh. They'll be hoping they can pick up where they left off when they visit Reading.

WEST BROM will be hoping that Fulham slip up against Brentford in the earlier kick-off as it could present them with the opportunity to move nine points clear of the play-off positions if they can beat Birmingham at home.


Snooker

Tour Championship

Maguire has always been a highly-dangerous operator but he has really knuckled down this season, achieving more consistent results that include a run to the final of the UK Championship.

Once again, Robertson has been one of the star performers this term but his form has tailed off and he was an early casualty at the recent Championship League. Given Maguire already leads the head-to-head record at 17-10, he has to be worth a bet here.


UFC

UFC Vegas 3: Main card

If the UFC’s most recent cards at the Apex centre has taught us anything, it’s that a smaller cage is having a huge impact on the number of finishes, in particular knockouts This plays perfectly into the hands of Josh Emmett who is a knockout artist, with six KO wins, with his last three wins all coming via KO.

Shortening the size of the cage will make it easier for Emmett to close the distance against Burgos, bringing him into a range where he can put his striking ability to good use.

UFC preliminaries

Previously we have seen Gillian Robertson's overzealous approach used against her. She has been caught in submissions or reversed on several occasions while trying to advance position, and Cortney Casey certainly has the potential to make her pay.

In previous bouts, we have also seen Robertson wilt when her path to victory is nullified. Expect Casey to shut down most of Robertson’s grappling offence, and the same could happen again. Casey should also be the far superior striker.

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