Free betting tips & odds: Thursday's best bets and popular punts for horse racing, football, golf, NFL and greyhounds

Last Updated September 14 2017, 17:02Racing
Everton celebrate during their Europa League campaign
Everton celebrate during their Europa League campaign

We reveal our best bets for today's sporting action and take a look at the best-backed selections with our betting partners, Sky Bet.

Sky Bet's popular punts for Thursday

HORSE RACING: Harlequin Striker to win 4.15 Epsom

Trained by Dean Ivory, he has dropped to a rating of 75 - fully 10lbs below his career-high mark - and the market suggests this course winner could be ready to take advantage of the handicapper's leniency. Having originally offered 14/1, they have been forced to cut their price to 6/1

FOOTBALL: Arsenal, Everton, Milan, Lazio

Two English teams and two Italian sides are proving popular on tonight's Europa League coupon, particularly with acca backers. Everton have been trimmed from 11/5 to 21/10 ahead of their early kick-off away to Atalanta, while punters have not been put off Arsenal despite Arsene Wenger planning to rest several star names at home to Cologne. The Gunners are 2/5. Both Milan and Lazio are also odds-on for wins - they travel to Austria Vienna and Vitesse Arnhem respectively.

Sporting Life's best bets for Thursday

HORSE RACING: Neola, 3.35 at Doncaster

By Ben Linfoot: Mick Channon’s filly has something to find on form with the likes of Tangled and Great Prospector, but not a great deal after winning a Goodwood fillies’ nursery well off a mark of 89 on September 5. She did everything pretty easily that day when winning by nearly a length on soft ground and, raised 6lb to 95 since, she has an obvious chance on Thursday’s terms getting weight from everything in the race. That alone probably isn’t enough to wade in at single-figure prices, but, despite having run eight times, there is the potential for more improvement with her as well.

HORSE RACING: Oishin, 6.10 at Hexham

By Murt Khan: He seems quite versatile trip-wise having run respectably over three miles and two and a half miles of late. Today he drops down to the minimum trip which is a slight concern, but with a bit of dig in the ground and him possessing a decent cruising speed I think he will just about stay in his comfort zone. I'm hoping for a patient ride and a clean round of jumping today, if that's the case I can see him staying on best of all and notching up a second victory of his career.

HORSE RACING: The Mums, 1.50 at Doncaster

By Jamie Maynard: The quick ground and 7f maybe stretched her two starts back but she bounced back afterwards with victory at Newbury over 6f in soft ground and had a subsequent winner in behind. She has been stepped up again in trip but only by half a furlong and if arriving in same form should take all the beating under Frankie Dettori.

FOOTBALL: Arsenal to score in both halves v Cologne

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud

By Andy Schooler: The Germans remain pointless after three games in the Bundesliga having conceded seven goals in those matches. They face another tough game on Sunday – against Borussia Dortmund – and as Frank de Boer found out this week at Crystal Palace, you don’t want a barren domestic run to last too long. There’s every chance Cologne will be resting players too and Arsenal’s squad strength could easily carry them through. Olivier Giroud, whose goalscoring record in a Gunners shirt remains strong, and Alexis Sanchez both look set to start.

GOLF: Justin Rose to win the BMW Championship

By Ben Coley: What really interests me is the fact that a switch in shafts has seen the Englishman rediscover some of his best ball-striking of late. Two starts back he was exemplary from the fairways, gaining almost nine strokes on a field he led in approach shots, and that was a significant step up on poor displays across the key summer events. Certainly, this is a good part of the world for Rose, whose standout form has come in the northeastern states, and he can better 13th place here at Conway Farms in 2015 after back-to-back top-10 finishes to start the Playoffs.

NFL: Houston to beat Cincinnati

By David John: You would think it would be hard for Houston to find someone to play at an even lower ebb but incredibly, it has happened. Cincinnati were shut-out 20-0 by Baltimore as quarterback Andy Dalton turned the ball over five times – twice on intended touchdown passes in the end zone – to earn an anaemic passer rating of just 28.4, the second worst of his career.

GREYHOUNDS: Lord Sammy (T2), 7.16 Hove

By Chris Oliver: Lord Sammy (T2) was a big eye-catcher in the heats of the Hove Thursday Night 500 Standard a week ago and looks the one to be on in the final (7.16) at the Sussex track tonight. Derek Knight's local was done no favours by Hes Easy on his inside on the run to the corner, where he met traffic problems and was then stopped in his tracks at the third bend after motoring down the back straight. He rallied again to be beaten by just three-quarters of a length into third by Young Minella and with that first race since late June expected to bring him on, he could take some stopping this time.

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