Rugby World Cup Betting and Tips – England Team Preview

Whatever happens in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones' next move should be into cinematic script writing. The England boss knows how to take fans on a rollercoaster journey, draw out every emotion along the way and deliver plot twists out of nowhere.

The euphoria of an immediate Grand Slam, Australian whitewash and world record equalling run of victories was followed by an erratic drop in form, coaching resignations and a fondness for combat based training methods. The plot twists even occurred within games: outfoxed by Italy, out run by South Africa and out muscled by France. In 2019, England appear to have turned a corner and arrive as one of the favourites in Japan. Here are five things that need to happen for them to win their first World Cup for 16 years.

Mako Vunipola gets fit

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It's a risk to go with just four fit props, meaning they'll all be involved in every game. It's exacerbated when the fifth, currently injured for the first three pool games, is Mako Vunipola. He has the workrate of two props on his own. England need him fit and firing. Or else I hope Ben Moon is currently on an impromptu Asian fishing trip somewhere nearby.

Manu Tuilagi and Billy Vunipola need to stay fit

Two giant men whose physical presence, when absent for long periods, has left big holes in England's attack. They're irreplaceable, shown by the fact Eddie Jones hasn't selected anyone else with their skill set to deputise in his 31 man squad. As well as being game-breakers in their own right, their sheer presence creates such havoc in opposition defences, critical to unlocking the world's best sides. Can this pair last for seven straight games? I hope Eddie's taken an industrial sized bag of cotton wool!

Leadership and problem solving must improve

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It should be an ominous sign for other contenders that England haven't put an 80 minute performance together for a long time. They've veered from irresistible to inexplicable within individual matches, a proclivity world champions just don't share. Tactical naivety has been exposed at times, England robotically going through a pre-planned repertoire even when it's failing. A huge amount of responsibility is on the shoulders of Ben Youngs, George Ford and skipper Owen Farrell to problem solve ‘on the fly'. England have the chess pieces to win. They just need a stone cold Grand Master's mind in the heat of battle. A consistent England would frighten the life out of the rest of the World.

Discipline has got to be better

Going hand in hand with point three, England's mental lapses have seen them prone to spells of brain-dead penalties or avoidable yellow cards. If men like Kyle Sinckler and Dan Cole can keep the top two inches on ice and ride those waves of pressure, England can come through the crucial tests which World Cups always deliver.

Jonny May must star

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Such is his form, I'm confident Jonny May would make the pre World Cup ‘World XV' of most pundits. Which is some statement given Ioane, Mapimpi, Kolbe and co are among a particularly talented batch of electric wingers gracing this year's tournament. You'd struggle to argue against May having been England's most consistent and dependable player since he was overlooked for the 2017 Lions Tour. Defensively, under the high ball and as a finisher, he has laid the platform to be one of the stars of the 2019 World Cup. In tight games he could be the difference.

There's a lot to like about this England squad. It feels very ‘2019'. Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler are a WWE tag team or a Buddy Cop movie duo in waiting (working title “Bad Cop, Bad Cop”) not to mention explosive 21st Century props with the handling skills of a fly-half. In Sickler's case I predict an endorsement deal with Fairy Liquid, so soft are his hands.

Mark Wilson and Tom Curry exemplify the hard work, honesty and humility rugby fans hold so dear. Northern grit from Ford and Farrell. West Country flair from Slade and May. And a healthy contingent of proven winners from the all conquering Saracens. The stage is set. What ending has Jones written for us? You get the feeling it'll be either glory or tragedy.

My pre-World Cup World XV

When England lifted the trophy in 2003 they boasted at least half of a World XV, and, and among them greats of the game like Johnson, Dallaglio, Robinson and Wilkinson. This 2019 vintage isn't nearly as dominant, but it's revealing that I have more Englishmen in XV than from any other nation. Blinkered bias? What do you think?

15. Liam Williams (WAL)
14. Cheslin Kolbe (SA)
12. Ryan Crotty (NZ)
10. Beauden Barrett (NZ)
9. Antoine DuPont (FRA)
2. Dane Coles (NZ)
3. Frans Malherbe (SA)
4. Brodie Retallick (NZ)
6. Pieter Steph Du Toit (SA)
7. Michael Hooper (AUS)

England – 5
New Zealand – 4
South Africa – 3
Australia – 1
Wales – 1
France – 1

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PGA Tour: Kevin Chappell shoots 59 on return from back surgery

Chappell has one career victory on the PGA Tour – the 2017 Texas Open
Second round
-13 Scheffler (US), Niemann (Chi), Shelton (US); -12 Long (US); -10 Chappell (US)
Selected others: -6 Laird (Sco)

American Kevin Chappell became just the 10th player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 during his first Tour start in 10 months following back surgery.

Chappell, 33, missed a birdie attempt on the 18th that would have seen him tie Jim Furyk's PGA Tour record of 58.

He made nine consecutive birdies in his 11-under-par second round at the Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.

“Ten months ago, I was laying on my couch and couldn't get up,” said Chappell, who is fifth on 10 under.

“I just couldn't feel more lucky to be here right now.”

Chappell, who shot a first-round 71 in West Virginia, is three shots off leaders Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann and Robby Shelton.

The world number 226 underwent surgery in November 2018 and he only played his first nine holes of golf in May.

“To go out and have my first start back on the PGA Tour to shoot 59, get myself in contention going into the weekend, I just couldn't be more proud of myself right now,” he added.

“But to be able to compete at the level I knew I could do it at, I questioned that. But I think this certainly validates that my game is there. I still possess that ability.”

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Most likely results in every Premier League match in Gameweek 5, according to statistics

It’s almost GameDay on talkSPORT and we can’t wait for the return of the Premier League after a long international break.

We’ve got live commentaries of three matches across Saturday, with Liverpool vs Newcastle (12:30pm) and Norwich vs Man City (5:30pm) both LIVE on talkSPORT, while the London derby between Tottenham and Crystal Palace (3pm) is LIVE on talkSPORT 2.

Manchester City will be looking to continue their solid start to the season with a win against Norwich

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Manchester City will be looking to continue their solid start to the season with a win against Norwich

With the campaign just four games old it’s already clear a that a similar trend to last season is being followed, with pace-setters Liverpool and Man City blowing teams apart thus far.

But it doesn’t stop people from trying to predict how the games will pan out, with statistics being used more and more.

One such producer of these is FiveThirtyEight – but what outcomes do they think will happen? Find out below.


Liverpool vs Newcastle – Saturday 12.30pm – live on talkSPORT

Liverpool win – 85 per cent chance of happening

Newcastle win – 3 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 12 per cent chance of happening

Liverpool are heavy favourites to beat Newcastle this weekend

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Liverpool are heavy favourites to beat Newcastle this weekend

Brighton vs Burnley – Saturday 3pm

Brighton win – 41 per cent chance of happening

Burnley win  – 31 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 28 per cent chance of happening

Manchester United vs Leicester – Saturday 3pm

Man United win – 54 per cent chance of happening

Leicester win – 22 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 24 per cent chance of happening

Manchester United’s last outing was a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton

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Manchester United’s last outing was a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton

Sheffield United vs Southampton – Saturday, 3pm

Sheffield United win – 40 per cent chance of happening

Southampton win – 33 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 27 per cent chance of happening

Wolves vs Chelsea – Saturday, 3pm

Wolves win – 29 per cent chance of happening

Chelsea win – 46 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 25 per cent chance of happening

Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – Saturday, 3pm – live on talkSPORT 2

Tottenham win – 65 per cent chance of happening

Crystal Palace win – 14 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 21 per cent chance of happening

Spurs need to get their season back on track

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Spurs need to get their season back on track

Norwich vs Manchester City – Saturday, 5.30pm – live on talkSPORT

Norwich win – 7 per cent chance of happening

Man City win – 79 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 14 per cent chance of happening

Bournemouth vs Everton – Sunday, 2pm

Bournemouth win – 36 per cent chance of happening

Everton win – 39 per cent chance of happening

Draw 25 per cent chance of happening

Everton have had a mixed bag of results so far

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Everton have had a mixed bag of results so far

Watford vs Arsenal – Sunday, 4.30pm

Watford win – 29 per cent chance of happening

Arsenal win – 48 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 23 per cent chance of happening

Aston Villa vs West Ham – Monday, 8pm

Aston Villa win – 40 per cent chance of happening

West Ham win – 34 per cent chance of happening

Draw – 26 per cent chance of happening

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The Rab Havlin Blog – Doncaster St Leger Meeting – Day Four Special

Leicester, Kempton, Chepstow, Sandown and Salisbury all done and dusted, Chester to come for me today as I head to the north west for a book of four good rides, including Ben Vrackie in the listed Stand Cup Stakes at 2.05pm.

It’s been a busy week and one where I’ve amassed a mile or two into the bargain, but it was great to get through the half century for the season on Royal Line last Saturday, and a ‘cross the card’ treble at Sandown and Salisbury yesterday was an obvious highlight. I’ve always maintained I don’t mind going anywhere to ride good horses and try and bag a winner, and yesterday just underlined that.

My intentional policy of being a bit more selective and trying to go for quality over quantity has left me fresher and sharper, meaning there’s stacks to look forward to as we steam into the final stage of the season.

The boss, John Gosden, continues to supply me with lots of great ammunition, and that combined with support from a number of other good stables leaves me in a fortunate position, getting to ride talented horses for some great people.

That extends to what I ride at home and brings me neatly on to today’s big race in England, the St Leger (3.35pm).


The extended mile and three quarter Doncaster Classic is a massive prize and one that down the years has been kind to our stable. Mr Gosden last won it in 2011 with Masked Marvel, the most recent of his four Leger victories so far.

I’m obviously biased, but the one I’d love to be riding in this year’s race is our runner, Logician.

By the mighty Frankel out of a Daylami mare, I’ve spoken a lot about him in my FansBet blog previously, especially before his victory in the Great Voltigeur last month. I’ve had the enjoyable job of riding Logician out all this week and he feels in great order, although a little ease in the ground would ideally be to his liking.

If it stays quick I don’t think it’ll stop him though. He’s a very powerful horse who appears to still be on the improve, and maybe he’s got a bit more under the bonnet than people give him credit for. Don’t be shocked to see him back at a mile and a quarter in 2020 as he’s blessed with plenty of speed to go with his good looks and stamina.

On paper I’d suggest Sir Dragonet is the biggest threat in today’s race, but Frankie has a superb record in the Leger and fingers crossed Logician can give him a sixth career win in the race.

In-between races at Chester my colleagues in the weighing room will definitely see me cheering on Azano on the television in Doncaster’s Group 2 Park Stakes (2.25pm).

A talented colt who I know well after winning on him at Yarmouth in 2018, he then gave me a Group 3 success at Chantilly in June. I’d love to see him run a massive race here under Frankie, but unless some rain materialises he might struggle to show his best.

With that in mind, one of the other three year olds in the race, Andrew Balding’s Shine So Bright, looks the one to beat.

By the same sire as Azano, this Oasis Dream colt is lightly raced this year and ran really well to be sixth in the 2,000 Guineas, cutting out much of the running up the stands’ rail.

Before that he won Newmarket’s Free Handicap first time out, and has since backed that up with a very gritty victory, beating Laurens in a tight finish in the Group 2 City Of York Stakes.

He looks an uncomplicated ride and might well have the edge with conditions in his favour.

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Liverpool v Arsenal Prediction – Premier League Betting Tips 24th August

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Both Liverpool and Arsenal face each other at Anfield on Saturday evening, each high on confidence after having won both their opening two fixtures.


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Liverpool Player Form

Jurgen Klopp could have a few issues in the defense but basically his back and forward line should remain the same as the one that featured in the 1-2 win over Southampton.

Dejan Lovren may push for a role at the back having recovered from an injury, but it's unlikely that Klopp will opt for change in that space and will go with the quartet of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk and Robertson. Rather he could bring back Fabinho and Jordan Henderson for the not-so-fit Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the midfield.

Premier League's most feared forward trio of Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be there and will pose the biggest threat to the visitors' unsure defense on Saturday. Adrian will man the posts and has proved a worthy replacement for the injured Alisson so far.

Arsenal Player Form

For the Gunners, David Luiz made his first start for Arsenal against Burnley and should feature in the lineup alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos on Saturday.

Product of the Arsenal youth academy, 20-year old Joe Willock, looks set to retain his spot in the midfield having played in both of Arsenal's games so far.

Reiss Nelson could make way for Lucas Torreira in the mid-field and Nicolas Pepe should start at Anfield to add more bite to the Arsenal offense.

Mesut Ozil missed out against Burnley owing to illness but will be back in contention. However, Dani Ceballos is likely to be handed the No.10 role again after a superb show in the 2-0 win over Burnley last weekend.

Hector Bellerin with an injured knee, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney with groin injuries are all out of contention.

Rob Holding has rejoined a full first-team session training after recovering from an injured knee, while Granit Xhaka is easing back to full fitness but both of them look doubtful for the Merseyside clash.

Arsenal's weakness on the road is well-known, having won just two away Premier League outings in the 2018-19 season. But they seemed to have made a fresher start this time, registering their first win away win at St. James Park against Newcastle in their opener.

The Gunners are a much-rejuvenated side than before and with players of the caliber of 2018-19 Golden Boot winner Pierre Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Pepe in their ranks they will be no pushovers despite the bookmakers‘ odds being in favor of Liverpool.

Liverpool’s probable XI:

Adrian (goal); Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Arsenal’s probable XI:

Leno (goal); Maitland-Niles, Chambers, Sokratis, Monreal; Guendouzi, Willock, Ceballos; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Odds correct as of 22/08/2019. Subject to change.

Liverpool to win: 8/15

Draw: 18/5

Arsenal to win: 9/2

Ladbrokes are betting on a Liverpool home win at odds of 4/9. But some could try going big on both teams to score plus a Liverpool win going at odds of 13/8888sport.

First goal scorer (Betfair)

Odds correct as of 22/08/2019. Subject to change.

Mohamed Salah: 10/3

Sadio Mane: 4/1

Roberto Firmino: 4/1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 13/2

Alexandre Lacazette: 17/2

Correct score odds

Odds correct as of 22/08/2019. Subject to change.

Liverpool 2-0: 9/1

Liverpool 1-0: 10/1

Liverpool 3-1: 11/1

Liverpool 3-0: 12/1

Draw 2-2: 14/1

Arsenal 2-1: 18/1

Liverpool 3-2: 20/1

Liverpool 4-1: 20/1

Liverpool 4-0: 20/1

Draw 0-0: 20/1

Arsenal 1-0: 22/1

Liverpool 4-2: 33/1

Arsenal 2-0: 40/1

Arsenal 3-2: 40/1

Arsenal 3-1: 40/1

Draw 3-3: 40/1

Liverpool 5-2: 50/1

Liverpool v Arsenal Prediction

Both teams to score plus Liverpool win at odds of 13/8 with 888sport Odds correct as of 22/08/2019 subject to change.

Liverpool 3-2 Arsenal 20/1 with Bet365 Odds correct as of 22/08/2019 subject to change.

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Horse racing tips September 13: Horses you must back at Chester, Doncaster and Sandown | Racing | Sport

On their recent clash, in last month’s Lonsdale Cup at York, Stradivarius gave his old sparring partner a thumping.

Today Dee Ex Bee is 2lb better off for that length and quarter slamming but that will not be enough to the turn the tables on his old adversary.

The progressive ALLIGATOR ALLEY (3.45, treble) can successfully step up from Listed to Group company by taking the Flying Childers Stakes.

He slammed his rivals at York last month after looking an unlucky runner up on his previous run behind the smart Liberty Beach in a Group 3 at Goodwood in July.

MOLATHAM (4.20, nap) can justify his Group 1 entries by taking the EBF Stakes.

Before he won on his latest start at Yarmouth, he finished an excellent second behind Mums Tipple, considered one the season’s best juveniles, at Ascot when beaten a neck.

At Sandown CASANOVA (3.55, nb) can continue his upward curve since his gelding operation. He showed the benefits of the snip when bolting up at Wolverhampton last month.


1.50 Breathalyze

2.25 Powertrain

3.00 Viking Prince

3.30 Sir Maximilan

4.05 Two Bids

4.40 Hereby

5.15 Salam Zayed


2.10 Mot Juste

2.40 Saroog

3.10 Stradivarius

3.45 Alligator Alley (treble)

4.20 Molatham (nap)

4.55 Maori Knight

5.30 Flavius Titus

6.00 Sandret


2.20 Spreadsheet

2.50 Indian Raj

3.20 Miss Yoda

3.55 Casanova (nb)

4.30 Tukhoom

5.05 Kitcarina

5.35 Skyman


4.35 Red Missile

5.10 Elegant Erin

5.40 Love Powerful

6.10 Mrs Worthington

6.40 Weekender

7.10 Good Tidings

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Fifth Ashes Test Day 2 In-Play Update

Latest score: England 294 & 9-0, Australia 225

England are poised to end an unforgettable summer with a tied Ashes series, thanks primarily to their new superstar. Jofra Archer took 6-62 in another brilliant performance to set up a formidable halfway position. The icing on the cake was Rory Burns saving his wicket with a successful review after the final ball.

England hold critical lead

They lead by 78 runs with all ten second wickets standing, on a dry Oval pitch that seems certain to deteriorate. If they can bat through Saturday, the game should be beyond Australia.

Easier said than done, as anyone with the vaguest knowledge of cricket knows. After all the twists and turns and betting drama of this series, only the very brave will be piling into the hosts at odds of just [1.35].

Potential remains for a turnaround

Various scenarios could play out from here in which the betting could turn around. Obviously, they could lose early wickets or fail to set a big target – 250 would be a roughly even money bet.

If they set 350, they wouldn't be that much shorter than [1.35], maybe [1.2], and a good start from the Aussies would force a drift. Think back to how the market moved during that incredible chase at Headingley.

Or England could bat really well. Because there is so much time left in the game, they would probably bat beyond 400 before declaring. In that scenario, the draw would crash from [34.0] and again, England's odds wouldn't have shortened that much.

England fancied to win but not value

To be clear – my opinion is England will ultimately win, and I want out of yesterday's bet on the Aussies at [2.5]. Place a lay order to cash out of that bet level if possible.

However the ‘value' right now, based on recent experience of test cricket, is to lay the favourites at [1.35].

The other Test Match End bet – Day 4 Evening at [5.2] – is in a good position. That session fits well with various scenarios and I expect it to trade shorter tomorrow as we get closer to the result.

Low England totals are a cheap bet

The two other main markets to focus upon are England 2nd Innings Runs and Top England 2nd Innings Batsman. In the former, the 175 and 225 plus bands look cheap lays at [1.16] and [1.44] respectively. England remain very brittle and prone to collapse.

For that reason, I like [17.5] about Sam Curran for top batsman. He's started very well in tests, averaging 32 from low down the order. If England lose early wickets, he could very plausibly win this market with a rapid 35.

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Saturday’s gossip column: Mbappe, De Gea, Eriksen, Haller, Zaha

Barcelona may switch their attentions to Paris St-Germain's 20-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe after missing out on Brazilian team-mate Neymar, 27. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

West Ham outbid Bayern Munich in order to sign 25-year-old French striker Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer in a club record deal worth up to £45m. (Mail)

Watford sacked Javi Gracia because he was unable to tighten up their defence and was reluctant to play several of the club's summer signings. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is replaceable and other goalkeepers can “fill the void” as contract negotiations with the Spain international continue. (Marca – in Spanish)

Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, wants to sign a new contract at Tottenham with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. (Football Insider)

Spurs have also offered midfielder Christian Eriksen a new contract worth £230,000 a week to tempt him to stay amid interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid. (Mail)

Southampton are interested in signing 18-year-old Belgian midfielder Yari Verschaeren from Anderlecht. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Cardiff's Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba, 34, is a candidate to succeed Neil Warnock when he steps down as manager next year. (South Wales Evening Post)

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is hopeful midfielder Emile Hojbjerg will sign a new contract with the 24-year-old Denmark international's current deal due to expire at the end of next season. (Daily Echo)

Manchester City and Manchester United are both interested in signing young Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis, 20. (Mirror)

Former Valencia boss Marcelino claims he is “absolutely certain” that last season's Copa del Rey win led to his sacking by the La Liga club earlier this week. (ESPN)

Mino Raiola is among a number of agents interested in representing Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha after the 26-year-old gave notice of his intention to leave current management company USM. (Mail)

Valencia and Benfica are interested in signing Crystal Palace's 15-year-old English midfielder Jadan Raymond, who has yet to sign professional terms at Selhurst Park. (Mail)

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5/2 Sir Dragonet leads O’Brien trio

Jockey Donnacha O’Brien says Sir Dragonet is the one to watch as Aidan O’Brien prepares to send three horses to the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday (Sir Dragonet 5/2 to win).

Eight horses have been supplemented for Saturday’s feature race, with John Gosden’s Logician the favourite at odds of 10/11.

O’Brien also sends Il Paradiso and rank outsider Western Australia to Yorkshire this weekend.

Western Australia is as big as 50/1 to win this weekend after he finished outside the places in his last three runs.

The three-year-old won at Navan in May and will need to produce a career-best performance to secure victory.

At odds of 7/1, Il Paradiso cannot be ruled out and the chestnut colt has been in good form since July.

He won at the Curragh before finishing third at York in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes.

Donnacha claims Sir Dragonet is still the one to beat and he has claimed Logician also needs to “improve” to stand a chance of beating his ride.

He told Racing TV: “I think he’s a nice horse but he’s going to have to improve to run to my level of form. My lad is the one to beat.

“I ride him [Sir Dragonet] in all his work [and] he’s absolutely flying at home. He gives a very good feel and I’m right looking forward to it.

“It’s always an unknown when you step up in distance but he looks to have every chance of staying. It’s an unknown for plenty of horses in the race but I think he goes there with a big chance.”

Mark Johnston sends Sir Ron Priestley and Nayef Road to Doncaster, while Technician and Dashing Willoughby complete the field.

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Silva demands more from Iwobi

Everton (11/4 – Top-Six Finish) manager Marco Silva has challenged summer signing Alex Iwobi to add more goals to his game after settling into life at his new club.

The Nigeria international switched Arsenal for Everton over the summer after struggling to tie down a regular starting spot with the Gunners.

He has netted once in two Premier League outings for the Toffees and also boasts one goal in the Carabao Cup.

Iwobi certainly looks to be a good addition to the set-up at Goodison Park and it’s understood his ability to play across a variety of positions was key in earning him the move.

But Silva feels he has a lot more to offer as the weeks progress and has called on Iwobi to be more clinical in front of goal.

Silva said: “We are happy with him. He’s working really well and he has the quality.

“There’s many things he can do to keep improving, though, because he can really help our team. I told him I will demand more from him because he is a player with so many games in the Premier League.

“Playing as a winger or behind the striker – which is the two positions that he can play – he has to score more goals. It’s something I’ve demanded since last season from our wingers.”

Iwobi’s only Premier League start for Everton came last time out in the 3-2 win against Wolves. He is likely to get the nod again this weekend when they head to Bournemouth (Match Betting – Bournemouth 21/10, draw 5/2, Everton 7/5).

Everton sit three points clear of the Cherries after four games but haven’t fared too well recently at the Vitality Stadium.

They threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 last season and are without a win at Bournemouth in three visits.

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Williams wary of Svitolina in semi

American Serena Williams says she must perform to her best to have any chance of overcoming Elina Svitolina during their semi-final clash at the US Open (Svitolina 9/4, Williams 1/3 – Match odds).

The 37-year-old is aiming to win her 24th Grand Slam this month as she tries to equal Margaret Court’s singles record.

Williams must beat fifth seed Svitolina after the highest-ranked player cruised past Britain’s Johanna Konta on Tuesday.

In the previous five meetings between the pair, Williams has won four of their matches, but she is expecting a fight until the very end this time.

She told reporters: “Elina is obviously a fighter, she gets a lot of balls back. She doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. She’s one of those players that does everything really well, so I have to do everything well, too.”

In the other semi-final, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic takes on Canada’s Bianca Andreescu as the pair both prepare for their first Grand Slam semis (Bencic 6/5, Andreescu 4/6).

Andreescu says she was “speechless” after overcoming Elise Mertens when she had to dig deep to win 3-6 6-2 6-3.

Bencic has reached the final four after proving too much for Donna Bekic, and she will now return to the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time in over three years.

Injuries have derailed her career since 2016, but she will have her work cut out as Andreescu is enjoying one of the best runs in her career.

She has won 11 matches in a row and collected two titles this season, coming out on top in Toronto while also winning the Indian Wells event in March.

Williams’ experience makes her the 10/11 favourite for the tournament in New York, while Bencic is the outsider at odds of 11/2.

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BoyleSports’ Weekend betting Update – Friday 13th September

A big weekend ahead in the sporting world as the Premier League resumes this weekend after the International break while St. Leger day takes place at Doncaster on Saturday and much more!

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Micheál Martin Odds-On To Be Taoiseach Next Year | BoyleSports Betting | Kevin Kilbane | Robbie Power

Taoiseach After Next General Election

Micheál Martin has said that he plans to be Taoiseach in less than five years but the Fianna Fáil leader could realise his goal as soon as next year if the latest betting is anything to go by.

The Cork man this week ruled out an election before the end of the year so that Brexit can be prioritised, but when asked by the Irish Mirror this week about being Taoiseach within five years, he said that he hoped to land the role in a shorter time frame.

Speaking at the annual Fianna Fáil think-in, Martin identified next Spring as a likely time for the next General Election and the odds are backing that up after 2020 was backed into 8/13 from 4/5 this week to be the year to host the next visit to the ballot box.

The betting also makes positive reading for Martin, as Leo Varadkar is no longer the favourite to retain his position as Taoiseach after the next election.

The Fine Gael leader was 5/6 favourite last month, but he has been eased out to Even money with Micheál Martin backed into his shortest price to date at 8/11 from Evens.

*Prices correct at time of publication



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Gary O’Brien Saturday at Leopardstown preview and tips

It's great to have quality fare like that provided by Irish Champions weekend to tackle in my first column for Betfair – there certainly can't be any complaints about lack of suitable opportunities!

Elarqam boosts Irish Champion Stakes

The marquee event suffered an early blow when the All Ireland Football final went to a replay but the authorities sensibly moved swiftly to limit the damage and the addition of Elarqam to the Irish Champion Stakes has at least given Saturday's Leopardstown highlight a welcome boost.

Mark Johnston's raider was certainly better than the bare form when a close third in York's Juddmonte International last month but his owner possibly has an even better chance with Derby runner-up Madhmoon, who now finally gets a chance to race over what has for a while promised to be his optimum distance. Overall it's a race I can happily just watch however.

Machine Learner to go one better?

The two premier handicaps on the card are both of more interest from a betting point of view and in the first of them, the Petingo at 14:30, Machine Learner can make a bold bid to go one better than when second to Laws Of Spin two years ago.

Three-year-olds seem to have been making hay against their elders in these sort of races of late but Joe Tuite's stalwart comes here in good heart and looks a solid bet to place at the very least. He has suffered more than his fair share of ill fortune in his last two starts at Sandown and admittedly it's hardly ideal that he has gone up a total of 3lb without winning as a result.

But that still leaves him 2lb below the mark he competed off when suffering that narrow reverse in this extended 1m4f contest in 2017, and it's noteworthy that connections seem to have kept him ‘on ice' since that latest effort on July 24.

Current Option can thrive in big field

Current Option (pictured, left) is another who has been climbing the weights in defeat of late but there should be plenty more to come from Ado McGuinness's British import after just seven career starts and he is worth siding with in the concluding Sovereign Path handicap.

The key to Current Option's chances in the 18:00 is the return to seven furlongs for the Camelot gelding, whose sole success to date came over the trip in a Thirsk maiden in June on his final start for William Haggas. He looked set to pay back a huge chunk of the £85,000 his new owners shelled out for him at the Tattersalls July sale when powering to the front just under two furlongs out in last month's Irish Cambridgeshire, only to be collared close home by the more efficiently ridden Jassaar.

Despite the big field there looks to be plenty of dead wood here and a 5lb pull with his conqueror (though Ronan Whelan does take over from a 5lb claimer) should enable him to turn the tables over this more suitable journey.

Fury out for revenge

I came away from the Curragh meeting on August 16 thinking Leo De Fury could avenge his head defeat to Buckhurst in the Royal Whip Stakes should the pair meet again, and the opportunity to back that opinion presents itself in the Group 3 Paddy Power Betting Shop Stakes at 15:40.

Jessica Harrington's charge looked the less streetwise of the two Australia colts on that occasion before finishing with real gusto and appears highly likely to relish the extra two furlongs here. Market leader Mount Everest is a potentially formidable rival based on his second to Japan in last year's Beresford Stakes but it might be unwise to take that form too literally and he is worth taking on on his belated seasonal bow.

Sunday's Curragh card contains plenty of star names, and with the Pat Smullen Champions Race an added attraction it promises to be a great afternoon. However I struggled to find a compelling wager so will sit it out.


Gary will be back on Betting.Betfair every week with his verdict on the best bets from the Irish weekend meetings, while our other new ambassador, Kevin Blake, will be here every Thursday with a look at all the big talking points.

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