Bet on this Weekend’s Sport

The race for the Premiership continues this weekend as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea look to close the gap on current leaders Liverpool. Arsenal are the first in action this weekend when they travel to the Riverside to take on Middlesbrough, while Manchester United must wait till Saturday tea time to face Spurs at White Hart Lane. Chelsea could be four points behind Liverpool by the time they welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, while earlier that day Newcastle make the longest journey in the Premiership as they head to the South Coast to take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Weekend Football

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Middlesbrough v Arsenal, Saturday, Sky Sports 1, 12:45pm

Arsenal could temporarily take third spot form Man United if they win in the North East, although their recent inconsistency will be a worry for Arsene Wenger. Despite their morale boosting 2-1 win over Chelsea two weeks ago, they have suffered two defeats in their last three games, and narrowly beat Wigan 1-0 in the other. Burnley beat a young side 2-0 in the Carling Cup, but it was a near full strength side that under performed against Porto in the Champions League in mid week. Middlesbrough’s inconsistent form continued last week as they lost for the fourth time this season after taking the lead in the game. Tuncay Sanli’s neat finish ten minutes from time at the KC stadium looked to have sealed the points for the Teesiders, but a Ross Turnbull own goal just two minutes later set up a grandstand finish. Marlon King converted a penalty five minutes from time following David Wheater’s challenge on Geovanni to end the game in dramatic fashion, and leave Gareth Southgate wondering how his team left Humberside without any points to show for it.

Middlesbrough are 4/1 with VCbet to win for the first time in five games, while Arsenal are 18/25 with CentreBet to maintain their slim Premiership hopes.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, Saturday, Setanta Sports 1, 5:30pm

Tottenham welcome Man United to White Hart Lane as they look to continue their revival under Harry Redknapp. They have won nine of the twelve games under his stewardship so far, and will certainly be looking up the table now, rather than over their shoulders as they were in the final days of Juande Ramos. The most notable development under Redknapp is the re-emergence of strikers Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko, who have notched fourteen goals between them since the change of manager at the end of October. Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is still causing some nervous moments at the back, but the return of Ledley King to the back four has restored some of the lost confidence. United sealed top spot in Group E with a 2-2 draw against Aalborg, although they were far from convincing on Wednesday night at Old Trafford. Despite Carlos Tevez giving the Red Devils the lead in the third minute, they conceded two goals in 15 minutes right before half time to give the Danish champions a surprise half time lead. Wayne Rooney put United back on level terms shortly after half time, but they were unable to break down the Danes again on a frustrating night. They can move to within two points of second place Chelsea here, but will not take this game lightly as Spurs continue to build their progression up the table.

Tottenham are the 10/3 underdogs with VCbet to continue their Redknapp revival, while Manchester United are 4/5 favourites with CentreBet to close the gap to Chelsea.

Portsmouth v Newcastle United, Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 1:30pm

Joe Kinnear’s side make the 345 mile trip south to Fratton Park on Sunday as they look to extend their unbeaten streak to five games. They are, however, searching for their first win in six games against Tony Adams’ side, who have certainly entertained their fans in recent weeks. The 2-2 draw with AC Milan in the UEFA Cup was the highlight of a five game streak that saw 20 goals, and Pompey will again look to striking pair Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch to lead from the front. Crouch was on target last week in the 1-1 draw at WBA, and Pompey will be looking to follow that up with a win here to take them to within a point of the UEFA cup places. Newcastle will be looking for maximum points for different reasons as just a point separates them from neighbours Sunderland in the relegation zone. They will want to make up from the disappointment of losing a two goal lead at home to Stoke last week, in a game that looked to be over at half time. Michael Owen had given them a two goal lead within 25 minutes, and before Mamady Sibide pulled one back on sixty minutes they looked to be cruising. However they could not withstand fierce pressure in the final minutes and finally succumbed to an injury time goal from Abdoulaye Faye.

Portsmouth are evens with VCbet to get back to winning ways, with Newcastle 5/2 with CentreBet to celebrate the long journey back with a win.

Chelsea v West Ham United, Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 4:00pm

Chelsea successfully came through a potentially nervous night on Tuesday night as they qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League thanks to a 2-1 victory over CFR Cluj. Despite taking the lead through Salomon Kalou shortly before half time, they were never at their best, and this was demonstrated as Yussouf Kone headed an equaliser to put the Blues on the brink of elimination. However, the introduction of Didier Drogba proved vital as he scored the winner 20 minutes from time to seal the blues’ place in the next round. They will be looking to capitalise on any mistakes Liverpool may make this weekend when they welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge, and the first return of Gianfranco Zola since his time in a Chelsea shirt. The little Italian will be aiming to get one over on his old side as the Hammers look to bounce back from last weeks 2-0 defeat to Spurs. Prior to that they had been on a three match unbeaten run, which included a win at Sunderland and holding league leaders Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield. Last weeks defeat leaves them fifth from bottom, just three points outside of the drop zone, and they will need to be at their best defensively if they hope to take anything from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are 1/4 with CentreBet to win another three points towards their Premiership challenge, while West Ham are 14/1 at VCbet to celebrate Gianfranco Zola’s return to Stamford Bridge with a win.

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Middlesbrough v Arsenal: 1-2
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: 1-2
Portsmouth v Newcastle United: 2-2
Chelsea v West Ham: 4-1

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Weekend Horse Racing

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This weekend’s big race takes place at Cheltenham on Saturday at 2:30pm with the BoyleSports Gold Cup. Imperial Commander is the 15/8 favourite with CentreBet following his win in the Paddy Power Gold Cup back in November. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge was impressive that day, its only outing this year, as it took the lead around the halfway mark and by the second last had blown all the other challengers away. Silverburn, expected to be Imperial Commanders closest competitor this Saturday, did not jump well that day in the Gold Cup but will certainly challenge for top spot here. The combination of Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh is never far from the front in these big races, and the brother of Denman is 5/1 at VCbet to follow up his stable mates success. Three Mirrors was another horse that impressed in November, as he followed up a win at Ayr towards the end of last season with an encouraging fifth in the Gold Cup. The horse once again finished strongly at Cheltenham, and could be one to look out for in the closing stages in this slightly longer distance of 2m and 5f. Graham Lee may have instructions from trainer Ferdy Murphy to hold back in the early stages, ready for the 9/1 shot at CentreBet to charge coming towards the final few fences.

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