Today’s Sports Betting Preview – By Rick Elliott
Apologies for being parochial but Manchester United are top of the Premier League but that won’t last long. They were second best for much of the 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night. It took a questionable penalty and goal from Luke Shaw to win the points despite a late consolation goal from the visitors. Jose Mourinho’s fears look justified and United could struggle to finish in the top four. The bet to take out of the fixture is LEICESTER CITY at 6/1 to finish highest in the league without the top six.
United could lose top spot to Tottenham who have a winnable match at Newcastle in the early televised fixture. The away side would lead the table with a win by two goals or more and that is feasible. Tottenham have scored in 24 of their last 25 matches against Newcastle and that run can continue today. Newcastle and Tottenham have not splashed the cash this summer so form from last season is pertinent. TOTTENHAM earned 33 more points and can win today at 21/20 with Ladbrokes.
Great things are being expected of Wolves this season and a return to the Championship is not expected. The key for a club promoted to the top division is spending money to make the side fit for purpose. Wolves have the financial backing of wealthy owners and links with a well-connected agent. However, today’s opponents Everton do not have the wolves at the door and have spent a few quid during the close season so the bet is the DRAW at 23/10 with Betfair.
It’s the Shergar Cup at Ascot today, the team event that doesn’t quite work as racing does not lend itself to a Ryder Cup style format. The best jockey in the world can’t win on a donkey and it’s the quality of the allocated horses that will determine who wins the Cup. Meanwhile the Rose of Lancaster Stakes at Haydock (3.05pm) is a Group 3 contest over one mile, two furlongs and a bit. Horses aged three get an eight pounds allowance and that can help ZAAKI win the race at 9/4 with bet365.