Michael Van Gerwen has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and is the best darts player in the world. Phil Taylor used to be but is retiring from the game after the PDC World Championship. Van Gerwen often averages over 100 in matches and he looks unbeatable in this tournament. Darts will never be an Olympic sport but it makes tremendous viewing which can be enhanced by backing VAN GERWEN to be the PDC world champion at 8/11 with Ladbrokes.
There is a second round FA Cup reply tonight which brings together Hereford and Fleetwood. This is a new version of the Hereford FC that beat Newcastle in the Cup all those years ago in a match that launched the career of John Motson. The iconic commentator has announced his retirement and could be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the Sports Personality show. Here have not lost in 12 matches but FLEETWOOD are several levels ahead so must be backed at 4/6 with William Hill to win this match.
The Peterborough Chase is a Grade 2 contest that has been rescheduled at Taunton today (2.45pm). Top Notch is proven at the highest level and was impressive when winning at Ascot just 19 days ago. The horse was just below the very best as a hurdler and was second in a novice chase at the Cheltenham Festival. TOP NOTCH is the pick on past and recent form so must be backed at 2/5 with Betfair. Today’s three selections are odds-on but the treble pays over 3/1.