Friday 9 December 2016

Do the double

Published 27/11/2010 | 05:00

SOCCER:

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At 11/10 for a home win, I reckon we've caught the bookmakers napping for the Spurs v Liverpool game tomorrow and I was expecting to see the Londoners chalked up around 4/6, considering they have beaten Liverpool three times in their last five meetings at White Hart Lane. With Jermain Defoe back from injury and Gareth Bale continuing to impress, the visitors will be under attack from all sides. In fairness, the Reds have returned to some sort of form lately, but Harry Redknapp's men are on a roll following a late comeback against Arsenal last week, and their 3-0 trouncing of Werder Bremen on Wednesday has secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Any price above even-money for a Spurs victory is very acceptable.

HORSE RACING:

The owner of Big Buck's, Andy Stewart, has been keen to play down suggestions that the sportingbet.com Long Distance Hurdle (2.30 Newbury) will be a walk in the park for his gelding and he's a little worried about a possible lack of pace. In my view, he's being a little over-cautious and even without an obvious pacemaker, Big Buck's has some 20lbs to play with on official figures compared to his nearest rival Duc De Regniere. Just in case you thought there was no optimism left in this world, the horse at the lower end of the ratings, Spider Boy, is an incredible 94lbs inferior to the Paul Nicholls-trained favourite! As much as Big Buck's connections are playing him down, I'll be very surprised if he doesn't take this by a wide margin and he's a confident half of this week's double, priced around 1/3.

Irish Independent

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