It’s not yet time to completely give up on this year’s flat racing but this time of year is often when the shrewd punters start sizing up the following year’s Classic generation. A series of top quality races for two-year-olds allows the juveniles to show what they are capable of and get people excited about what they may achieve next year. That’s certainly the case for the Mill Reef Stakes which takes place at Newbury on Saturday afternoon.
Horse races don’t come much more difficult to predict than the Ayr Gold Cup, especially on the flat. This is one of the biggest handicaps of the season and it’s one at which the bookies have consistently held the edge over punters. We’re hoping to redress that balance with our betting tips for the 2017 Ayr Gold Cup.
Arsenal fans arrived at Stamford Bridge last weekend fearing the worst. They’d already seen some shocking performances from their team this season but the players turned it around and put in a strong display to earn a point against Chelsea. We’ve seen these kind of false dawns before so the job for Arsene Wenger now is to build on that solid footing. That hard work starts on Monday night when Arsenal host West Brom at the Emirates. The Baggies have stalled somewhat after an impressive first couple of games. Tony Pulis’ men were especially flat last weekend against West Ham and must improve considerably so else they will leave the Emirates with defeat, just like they have after in their last six visits.
Tottenham have not enjoyed their last two trips to face West Ham. Spurs suffered a huge blow to their title challenge at both Upton Park and the London Stadium in the last two seasons and they face the Irons once again on Saturday afternoon. Tottenham fans will hope that their strong start to the season – especially away from home – and the relative lack of pressure of the early stages of the campaign will help secure a different result in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
The League Cup has become an increasingly important tournament for Premier League teams. In recent years we’ve seen the bigger sides grasp the opportunity to win some early silverware but at this stage of the competition, it is still far from the top of teams’ priorities. That will be made clear on Saturday when Leicester host Liverpool for the second time in five days. Craig Shakespeare and Jurgen Klopp will pick very different starting XIs for the two matches, proving that they are only willing to risk their best players for the Premier League right now. After mixed starts to the season for both teams, they’ll each need their best players to be in good form to pick up a valuable three points.