There is an old cliché in English football that it’s teams’ home form that keeps them from being relegated. Burnley proved last season that promoted sides can avoid slipping straight back into the Championship if they prioritise their games in front of their own fans and Brighton are aiming for something similar in their first Premier League campaign. The Seagulls put up a great fight in their opening home defeat against Man City and they’ve won both their home league games since against West Brom and Newcastle. Chris Hughton believes that they can give anybody a game at the Amex Stadium but does that mean they’re going to write off their chances of pulling off surprise results on their travels? Brighton have picked up just one point from their three Premier League away games and are unlikely to add to that tally when they take on Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
It’s been a great few weeks on the European Tour with a collection of world class tournaments. There’s no let up in the quality this week as some of the tour’s best players compete at the British Masters. The British Masters has had a troubled recent history. It was once a very well regarded tournament but fell out of favour before falling off the European Tour schedule altogether. Thankfully for British golf fans, the tournament has been revived by the European Tour and Sky Sports. The British Masters is now hosted by a top class British golfer each year and this year it’s Lee Westwood’s turn to host at the course he helped design, Close House.
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.