Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals
Live on Sky Sports Cricket
The weekend’s IPL action gets underway with last year’s champions taking on Delhi Capitals…
Matt Harris says: “Despite their relative positions in the table, Mumbai Indians start as favourites to take the points at 1.814/5. Delhi Capitals have that six point advantage but they are the outside bet for this one at 2.1411/10.
“Mumbai may have turned a corner with that recent win but pressure remains on their underperforming middle order. Delhi’s batting has generally been more impressive but the addition of Smith concerns me moving forward.
“In short, this could be another tight game and I’ve a preference for waiting until the toss is declared. The chasing side could have the advantage but I’ll put my faith in the Capitals who will need a fast start from their most prolific batsman.”
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Live on Sky Sports
PGA Tour returns to action, following last week’s Ryder Cup, with the Alfred Dunhill Championship and, as well as an in-depth roster of pre-tournament previews, you can read Steve Rawlings’ in-play blog across the weekend.
Steve says: “The perils of betting on the strength of the weather forecast were laid bare today when the early starters in round one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship had to contend with some horrendous weather.
As detailed in the Find Me a 100 Winner column, the weather forecast on Wednesday suggested a benign start to day one before the wind picked up severely and I picked out two early starters at Carnoustie on the strength of it but that wasn’t how it panned out at all.
“The wind blew hard and heavy rain fell for the first couple of hours before the wind eased, and the rain stopped and those that started later in the day enjoyed much the better conditions.
“My sole selection, Tyrrell Hatton, escaped the worst of the weather, not teeing off until after 11:00, and after a slow start, he caught fire on the back-nine at the toughest of the three venues used this week – Carnoustie – firing a seven-under-par 29 to post a first round total of -8.”
Steve’s bet: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Pre-Event Selection:
Tyrrell Hatton @ 21.020/1
Chris Eubank Jr has admitted he knows very little about his late replacement opponent on Saturday but the British boxer should still be able to work it out early.
Frank Monkhouse says: “Despite many fighters struggling to get work this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions placed on the sport, this will be the second outing of 2021 for Chris. His previous bout resulted in a 10-round points decision win over Manchester’s Marcus Morrison in May. Many pundits had predicted a knockout but the six rounds winning margin on all three cards shows just how comfortable the victor was that night.
“The pre-fight betting odds available on the Betfair Exchange throw up no surprises, with Eubank a red-hot favourite. He is 1.041/25 for the win, which means backers are forced to go on the hunt for value. In the method of victory betting, a KO/TKO is 1.071/14 with a points win 1211/1. He’ll take his time working out the opponent but should get things done and dusted early.”
Frank’s bet: Back Eubank in rounds 3-4 @ 2.77/4
Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe
Sunday, 15:05 BST
Live on Sky Sports Racing
It’s the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday and Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore will be riding Snowfalls. Get Ryan’s exclusive views on the eve of the race and, in the meantime, read David Cleary’s antepost take.
David says: “Hurricane Lane’s victory in the St Leger was even more taking than his Longchamp win, suggesting he is still very much an untapped talent. It’s true he didn’t beat a vintage field at Doncaster, but the authority of his win in a well-run race added further evidence that he will be capable of a top-class effort under the right circumstances. He may well have them on Sunday.
“Unlike Adayar, Hurricane Lane hasn’t had the chance to take on his elders, which makes caution in assessment understandable but a little misleading. Choosing between Adayar and Hurricane Lane must have been difficult for his stable’s number one rider William Buick. He’s been on board Hurricane Lane for all his races this year, but on Adayar for only two of the four runs. Adayar does have better form, but that may have been opportunity as much as ability…”
Liverpool v Man City
Live on Sky Sports Premier League
The champions travel to the only unbeaten team in the top flight for a mouth-watering Sunday afternoon Premier League clash.
Alex Keble says: “Jack Grealish has been Man City’s creative outlet in the last few weeks. As opponents block central midfield in a narrow shell, City have been forced to pass the ball down the flanks, where Grealish takes on the right-back and invariably makes something happen; he has played more key passes than any other player in the division, per WyScout. This weekend he faces James Milner, in for the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“Grealish will fancy his chances one-on-one and Milner probably won’t get much help from his team-mates given the narrowness of Klopp’s 4-3-3. At the other end, Grealish isn’t the best at tracking back, suggesting the Liverpool right-back can find space to cross – especially if Diogo Jota, dropping off the front, can help overwhelm Rodri and move Liverpool forward on the counter. In a nervy and low-scoring game, the fact TAA is missing gives City a slim advantage.”
Pittsburgh at Green Bay
Sunday, 21:25 BST
A showdown between two of the most famous quarter-backs in the NFL dominates Sunday night and our expert has no doubt who will come out on top. Read the column to get tips from Mike Carlson for every match-up in week four.
Mike says: “A battle of two late 30s quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers is like a guy in California who’s running the beach every morning; Big Ben is like the guy who’s driving his pickup for breakfast beers with the boys in Beaver Falls.
“If the Steelers have TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith back they could make it interesting, but their O is so one dimensional it reduces Ben to a ribbon.”
Mike’s bet: Green Bay to win (-6.5) @ 1.910/11