This Weekend on Betfair: Irish racing, Six Nations and much more
There may be no UK racing this weekend, but there's plenty for Betfair punters to get stuck into, including Irish racing, Six Nations rugby, Test cricket and more. Here are Max Liu's five to follow...
Racing - at Naas, and on ITV4, from 13:10 on Saturday
Now you're probably aware that horseracing in the UK has been suspended until Wednesday at the earliest, due to the outbreak of equine flu. This is obviously a massive blow to the industry and to lovers of the sport. However, there is still racing in Ireland and elsewhere this weekend, with ITV4 covering the big meeting at Naas on Saturday afternoon. Betfair Ambassador Gordon Elliott has 13 runners involved in the car and, from 5pm today, you'll be able to read Gordon's exclusive views on their chances. The same is true of his runners at Leopardstown on Sunday, where Gordon has five runners chasing a big pot in one race.
Rugby Union - Six Nations on Saturday and Sunday
The Six Nations got off to a flier last weekend, with England unexpectedly victorious in Dublin and Wales triumphing in Paris. This weekend, Ireland look to return to winning ways with a trip to Murrayfield to face Scotland on Saturday at 14:15. After that, it's Italy v Wales at 16:45 - a match the visitors should win. On Sunday, England bid to carry their momentum into their match against France at Twickenham. If the Red Rose can pull off a consecutive victory this weekend then fans really will start dreaming of glory. According to our match previewer, Simon Mail, that's exactly what should happen.
Test Cricket - West Indies v England, from 14:00 on Saturday
The series is gone, with England losing the first two Tests by an embarrassing margin. The third and final Test, however, is a chance for the tourists to salvage some pride, as Ed Hawkins explains in his match preview on our cricket blog. The big news on the eve of the match is that Jason Holder, who has starred for the hosts this series, is banned for his slow over rate. That'll rob the Test of a wonderful player but should give England hope. Bettors certainly think so, making them favourites at the outset.
Premier League Football - Saturday and Sunday
While not quite squeaky bum time, there is a sense that the Premier League title race has become more tense in the past week, with Manchester City and Liverpool now level on points at the top, albeit with the latter having a game in hand. Jurgen Klopp's men need to take three points when they host Bournemouth, as one of five 3pm kick-offs on Saturday, before City face what looks like a tougher assignment at home to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Specials betting on Betfair - The BAFTAs 2019 on Sunday from 21:00
It's not just sport you can bet on with Betfair. Specials markets contain several aspects of entertainment, with the chance to bet on everything from Love Island to the Oscars. This weekend, cinema is the focus with the BAFTAs taking place on Sunday. It should be a great night, with fierce competition in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. The Favourite, Roma and A Star is Born are some of the leading films in contention.