Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday Betting Preview: Cheltenham Festival

Today is Day Three at the Cheltenham Festival and we’ll be previewing the day’s biggest race – the Ladbrokes World Hurdle – in this article along with the two games in the Europa League that feature the two remaining teams from the Premier League.

Ladbrokes World Hurdle:

The highlight of Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Festival is the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. This race is a Class A Grade 1 hurdle run over three miles. It is open to horses aged four years old and upwards.

Paddy Power have last year’s winner, Big Bucks, as the favourite to be victorious again this year at odds of 8/13. Big Bucks is a massive favourite to repeat his 2009 success with his closest rival in the odds being Tidal Bay at 7/1. He is closely followed by Karabak at 15/2. The next nearest horse is Sentry Duty at a massive 14/1.

In the Ladbrokes World Hurdle preview, posted on February 21st we have recommended that you back Tidal Bay each way. If, like the odds suggest, Big Bucks walks this one and gets his second successive victory, like Baracouda in 2002 and 2003, then Tidal Bay looks a certainty to finish in the top three and give you a winning bet at better than evens.

BetRepublic Recommends: Back Tidal Bay each way at 7/1 (top three finish @ ¼ odds).

Fulham v Juventus:

After the first leg of the tie in Turin last week, Fulham have a lot of work to do to progress to the Quarter Finals of the Europa League as they have to turn over a 3-1 deficit. Fulham are not the best team on their travels, so it was not unexpected that they would lose in Italy, but they did get an all important away goal. If they can claim a 2-0 win they will go through on away goals, something that Roy Hodgson would be pleased with. With Fulham having to find at least two goals I feel that the game will be open enough and there will be a few goals in the game.

BetRepublic Recommends: Fulham to beat Juventus at 7/5 and there to be more than 2.5 goals at evens with William Hill.

Liverpool v Lille:

Despite putting in a terrible showing in France, Liverpool only trail the French side 1-0 and they have a great record at Anfield in recent times. They have won their last six home games in all competitions and have kept clean sheets in four of those matches. However, they did concede one goal against Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth in their last two games showing that they can be scored against. Lille will take heart from this being the second highest scorers in the Europa League this season with nineteen goals in their thirteen games and have only lost once in their last ten competitive fixtures.

BetRepublic Recommends: Back the draw at odds of 13/5 with both sides to score at 23/20.

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