This Weekend on Betfair: Tingle Creek Chase, UK Snooker Championship and more
From Sandown to South Africa, it's set to be another big weekend on Betfair and Max Liu has selected five top events for you to follow...
"There are five 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League, before two enticing fixtures: Chelsea v Manchester City at 17:30 is the match of the weekend, with Maurizio Sarri testing himself against Pep Guardiola for the first time since taking over at Stamford Bridge."
Horseracing - Betfair Tingle Creek Chase
Yes, yours truly are the sponsors but we'd be excited about the Tingle Creek Chase whoever had their name on it. The field is select but its quality is indisputable, as Timeform explain in their race preview, but there's no doubt about which is the horse to beat: the mighty Altior. You can read the thoughts of our tipsters and ambassadors, which include Paul Nicholls, on all the weekend's action.
Football - Premier League on Saturday and Sunday
The weekend's Premier League programme gets underway at 12:30 with Liverpool travelling to Bournemouth. After that, there are five 3pm kick-offs, before two enticing fixtures: Chelsea v Manchester City at 17:30 is the match of the weekend, with Maurizio Sarri testing himself against Pep Guardiola for the first time since taking over at Stamford Bridge. It's followed by Tottenham's trip to Leicester at 19:45. There's just the one Sunday fixture, at 16:00, as Newcastle host Wolves, although Watford do travel to Everton on Monday night to complete the round of fixtures.
Snooker - UK Championship
The UK Snooker Championship reaches its conclusion this weekend. At the time of writing, there are eight players left in the tournament ahead of Friday's quarter-finals. Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan [1.84] is the favourite and at the those odds bettors are confident that he will win the tournament for the seventh time. But Ronnie remains a mercurial talent; if he's on his game, then he'll triumph, but if he's not then we could easily seen an upset at the York Barbican. Fortunately, we've got Paul Krishnamurty providing tips every day of the Championship, which should arm you with all the information and insight you need to place your bets this weekend.
Golf - South Africa Open, all weekend
The South African Open, which has merged with the Joburg Open, is already underway and 240 players are competing for the title at Randpark. If you want the background on the course, and tournament history, then read this guide. If you want to dive straight in to the leader-board and get involved in the betting then do first read The Punter's in-play updates. Our man is following the action from first tee to final green, proving updates and betting angles. Also this weekend, there's the PGA Tour Team event in Florida at the QBE Shootout.
Two weeks ago, the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final was postponed due to appalling violence by River Plate fans. The match was nearly not rescheduled, with Boca Juniors keen to see River disqualified. Instead, it will now be played on Sunday night at the Bernabeu in Madrid - 6,000 miles from Buenos Aires where the two finalists are based. It's a depressing state of affairs, but could we still see a thrilling final between these two Argentine giants on Sunday night. The tie is poised at 2-2, with Boca the 6/4 favourites to win this second leg on Sunday. What effect, the rescheduling and the journey to Spain will have on the players, however, remains to be seen.