This Weekend on Betfair: Bahrain GP, Dubai World Cup and more

World champion Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton drives in Bahrain on Sunday

From Doncaster to Dubai, via Anfield, Bahrain and Miami, there's a global feel to the best events on Betfair this weekend. Here's what you should be looking out for before you get involved.

"The Miami Open reaches the semi-final stage on Friday. The first match sees defending champion John Isner play Felix Auger-Aliassime and our previewer Dan Weston is putting his money on the American."

Horseracing - Lincoln Handicap and Dubai World Cup

Doncaster and Dubai are the settings for the big racing events this weekend. First, it's the meeting closer to home with the Lincoln handicap at 15:35 taking top billing on the card in south Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon.

Tony Calvin explained earlier this week his reasons for backing South Seas, but our man is adding an extra two bets for the race in his tipping column that goes live at 5pm today. As for Dubai, jockey Ryan Moore rides six at the World Cup, so make sure you read his insights into them all before you get involved in the betting.

Rugby Union - European Champions Cup on Saturday and Sunday

Saturday marks the return of the European Champions Cup to the rugby union fold. At the quarter-final stage, the competition comprises two Scottish teams, three Irish, one English and two French. According to our previewer Angus Watt, it will be "a feast of rugby without the hope of any pleasantries." Edinburgh v Munster gets things underway on Saturday lunchtime, then there's Saracens v Glasgow and Leinster v Ulster, before things wind up on Sunday afternoon with Racing 92 v Toulouse.

Formula 1 - Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday at 16:10 UK time

The second grand prix of the new F1 season takes place in Bahrain on Sunday. In Friday's first practice, Ferrari set a scintillating pace, with the exciting Charles Leclerc setting the fastest time. World Champion and race favourite Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest so he needs to speed up if he's to improve on his second place finish behind his team-mate Valerie Bottas at the Australian GP two weeks ago.

Motor sport expert James Gray will be analysing the betting and making his picks for Sunday's race on our F1 blog.

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Tennis - Miami Open from Friday to Sunday

The Miami Open reaches the semi-final stage on Friday. The first match sees defending champion John Isner play Felix Auger-Aliassime (17:00 UK time) and our previewer Dan Weston is putting his money on the American. After that, it's Roger Federer v Denis Shapovalov. Federer was near his best in defeating Kevin Anderson for the loss of only four games in the previous round. Canadian Shapovalov should provide a sterner test but Federer will still fancy his chances of being in Sunday's final. Speaking of finals, on Saturday Ashleigh Barty and Karolina Pliskova battle it out for the women's title in what should be an evenly-match contest.

Football - Premier League, Liverpool v Spurs at 16:30 on Sunday

There are seven Premier League matches on Saturday but the pick of the weekend's fixtures is undoubtedly the Sunday afternoon contest between Liverpool and Tottenham at Anfield, as Michael Cox explains in his tactical preview.

A month ago both teams were in title contention but now, following a run of poor results for Spurs, it's only Liverpool. This is probably the toughest match the Reds have left to play in the title race, so if they can take three points their chances of winning a first league title for almost three decades will be boosted significantly. Spurs, meanwhile, now need to make sure they finish in the top four and Mauricio Pochettino would be thrilled to see them return to winning ways here, although a draw would be a encouraging result for them too.

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