It must be rare for both Merseyside clubs to have Premier League fixtures at 3pm on Saturday. Those bars around the area with dodgy satellite systems that apparently beam in live pictures illegally will be spoilt for choice. Both clubs play today on the back of outstanding results and the DOUBLE on Liverpool to win at Brighton and Everton to beat Huddersfield at home pays 15/8. Wayne Rooney is 9/2 with William Hill to score the first goal in the Everton match. He has been backed for the goal of the season after his brilliant effort against West Ham.
This year’s Sports Personality of the Year is taking place in Rooney’s home city. The show has a Lifetime Achievement Award and it would be fitting if that was given to Rooney in Liverpool. He left Manchester United to return home after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s club goals scoring record and having achieved the same with England. Rooney deserves some recognition for those achievements but if he received the honour half the audience (the Reds) wouldn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Tiger Woods is five shots off the pace after the second round of the Hero World Challenge. His front nine in 31 shots was vintage Tiger and included three birdies and his first eagle in professional golf for some time. Woods might not win the event that raises money for his foundation but he is being competitive. If you think the dream can become a reality over the weekend you can back WOODS to win the Hero World Challenge at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
The main feature in racing is the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, or the Hennessy as it was known for 60 years. Willie Mullins has been cagey about what Total Recall could have in hand. He has a poor record in handicap chases in Britain but he did win the Grand National with Hedgehunter in 2005. Eight horses have won the Hennessy and Cheltenham Gold Cup and CONEYGREE could be the ninth and he is on offer to win today’s race at 16/1 with Betfair.