Friday, March 19, 2010

Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips

There is some major sporting action this weekend as the Cheltenham Festival and the Six Nations Championship concludes this Friday and Saturday respectively. In this article we’ll be previewing the major happenings from these two illustrious events – the Cheltenham Gold Cup and France v England. We’ll also be looking at the biggest football match of the weekend as Manchester United take on Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Cheltenham Gold Cup:

The totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Class A Grade 1 chase run over three miles and about two furlongs. It is open to horses aged five years old and upwards.

This year's Gold Cup is being billed one of the most thrilling spectacles in racing history since it will feature a classic rematch between two-time Gold Cup victor Kauto Star (2007 and 2009) and the 2008 winner Denman. These two horses are so far ahead of the rest on their official ratings that it is impossible to contemplate that one of them won't win. Paddy Power have Kauto Star leading the field with odds of 4/6 with Denman coming in at 4/1. They are followed by Cooldine and Imperial Commander at 8/1.
Kauto Star is the class of the field and is odds on to win the race. However, this year’s festival has been a good one for the bookies so far with very few favourites winning races. Will the highlight of the festival turn out the same way? If it is to happen then I can only see Denman beating Kauto Star past the post. Recommends: Back Denman to win the race @ 4/1 with Paddy Power.

France v England:

This game is the final game of 2010 championship and France are looking to beat England and claim the championship and the Grand Slam all in one go. The game starts at 19:45 at the Stade de France and shortly after 21:00 France are likely to be celebrating in front of their own fans.

France are at odds of 1/6 to win the game compared to England’s 9/2, with the draw being at 22/1. France have beaten all around them in this year’s competition, with the highlight being the 33-10 defeat of the 2009 Grand Slam winners, Ireland. Their only other game at home was the 46-20 beating of Italy, giving them a total of 79-30 on aggregate, while England scraped past Italy 17-12 and drew with Scotland 15-15 on their travels this year. Things do not look good for the English.

However, France have not beaten England in a competitive fixture since their meeting in the 2006 Six Nations championship and on the three occasions they have met since England had performed poorly prior to the match. Can England manage to do it again? This time around they do not have talisman Johnny Wilkinson in the side as he has been dropped and replaced by Toby Flood, so I do not think that England will be able to overcome the brilliance of the French side.

BetRepublic Recommends: Back France (-10) to beat England on the match handicap market @ 10/11 with William Hill.

Manchester United v Liverpool:

The biggest football match of the weekend around Europe kicks off this Sunday afternoon as Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford. Despite Man Utd having won their last six home games in all competitions by an aggregate score of 25-1, with only Manchester City scoring against Alex Ferguson’s men, Liverpool have won the last three meetings between these two sides, including the 4-1 hammering they handed out this time last year at Old Trafford. However, things are not looking so good for Liverpool this time around. They have failed to score in their five of their last six away games and have only won twice in their last ten away matches in all competitions. I expect Manchester United to win this game comfortably, especially with rumours coming out of the Liverpool back room about disharmony between manager Rafa Benitez and his players.

BetRepublic Recommends: Back Manchester United -1 on the match handicap market @ 2/1 with Wayne Rooney to score first @ 3/1.

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By BetRepublic

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