We’ve gone through the tips from our experts and collated what we feel are your best bets for a weekend featuring plenty of heated rivalries.
Zipping Classic - Sandown R7 – 1200m
Big Duke $3.30
He gave a steely performance to loom momentarily as the winner of the Melbourne Cup but the run took its toll and he finished fourth to Rekindle in Australia’s most famous 3200m handicap. He is back to his pet distance here and the ATC St Leger winner looks suited in a small field after competing against 24 opponents.
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English Premier League – Arsenal vs. Tottenham
Under 2.5 Goals $2.30
As we head into the first North London derby of the season a win for Arsenal will pull them to within a point of their local rivals. However, they last took all three points in the derby back in 2013/14 as four of the six meetings in the last three campaigns have seen the points shared. That includes the last three at the Emirates though Spurs have won just once in their last 24 trips to the Gunners in the league. Spurs have not been at their most clinical yet this term but the defence remains solid with five clean sheets in their last eight and just three goals conceded in five away matches.
Spanish La Liga – Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
We’re looking to the biggest match in Europe this weekend – the Madrid derby. Both teams have made stuttering starts this season as they’ve looked below their best both domestically and in Europe. Ronaldo has one goal in 630 minutes of La Liga action, while Karim Benzema also has just one strike to his name. All of that means the attack is far below the level we’ve seen in past seasons and given Real have won just one La Liga meeting between the teams since 2013/14 they might have to be satisfied with a point.
Atletico are actually unbeaten this term but five draws have left them down in fourth. A lack of goals is again the problem as they’ve scored just nine times in their last nine games. Four of their nine home games against the Big Two since 2013/14 have finished all-square and that looks great value to happen once again.
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NFL – Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
A big divisional rivalry and important match up regarding the play-offs for these two teams down in Dallas, Texas. The Eagles are certainly flying, they’ve won eight of nine games and scored over 80 points over their last two matches.
Dallas are coming off a poor loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week and are without star running back Ezekiel Elliott who’s again suspended for this match, so we fancy the visitors to take this one out against the 5-4 Cowboys.
NFL – Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
It’s been a tough season for the Atlanta Falcons off the back of last year’s successful run which ended in an unfortunate Super Bowl loss. On the other hand, the Seahawks, at 6-3, are doing well and just one game behind division leaders the Los Angeles Rams.
The Seahawks are traditionally strong at home. They’re 10-2 here in the regular season since 2016 and Sherman’s absence isn’t enough to put us off.
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