Masters Day One
Augusta's manicured 18 holes are currently under siege as the world's best duke it out to win the 79th Masters. But the betting doesn't stop just because the tournament is already in-play. Betfair's big markets are live throughout the four days so if you're lucky or shrewd enough to have backed a fast starter you can get trading or Cashing Out now.
Beyond the outright markets there are plenty of opportunities to make a profit, with prices for every three-ball group available. And with big dogs Tiger Woods and Jason Day going out in the last two you can land a winner on day one. Day is odds-against to get the better of Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia in the day's final trio while Woods can be backed at bigger than 2/1 to outscore Jimmy Walker and Jamie Donaldson.
At 6/4 let's trust in Day to light up Augusta on day one and get us off to a winning start to this four-day weekend.
The Melling Chase, Aintree 15:25
A very strong renewal of the Melling Chase with a number of high-profile runners on show including Champagne Fever, Cue Card and Al Ferof. Paul Nicholls tells us that the latter is in 'sparkling form' and that he expects a 'mighty race' from the 10-year-old but it could pay to look at some of the bigger priced runners here.
Our man Tony Calvin - while stopping short of an outright tip - makes a good case for both Balder Succes and outsider Croco Bayto go well. What isn't in doubt is that this will be a quality race and will whet the appetite nicely for the main event on Saturday.
Fulham v Wigan KO 20:00
New manager Gary Caldwell knows that, realistically, only a win at Craven Cottage will do on Friday when he takes the Latics to south west London for a six-pointer relegation clash. The only problem is that Fulham are a (slightly) better team than Wigan and all the noises coming out of the DW Stadium seem to suggest that they've already consigned themselves to relegation to the third tier, which hardly inspires confidence.
Fulham have looked ok in parts this season and have the personnel to make it count when it really matters. Wigan are toast. Back the home side to win.
Back Fulham to beat Wigan at 11/8
Tottenham v Villa
The early televised game is Swansea v Everton but how the Sky schedulers must wish they'd gone for Tottenham's home game with Aston Villa.
Tim Sherwood will have circled this fixture in his diary soon after being appointed Villa manager and you sense he will be desperate to put one over on his old employers, both for personal satisfaction and, of course, because his new team are in need of points and fast.
Villa face a Spurs side who have an outside chance of the top four after Man City's recent woes but, going by their performance at Burnley last weekend, the players don't believe it's really on.
But don't expect another 0-0 here. As Mike Norman notes in his Saturday 3pms preview, Tottenham's last six league games at White Hart Lane have resulted in scorelines of 5-3, 2-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, and 4-3 - a total of 30 goals at an average of exactly five per game.
With Villa coming off the back of a 3-3 thriller against QPR, Betfair's goals markets will be the way to play this one - Over 2.5 Goals trades at 4/5, while the braver among you might fancy 85/40 on Over 3.5.
The National! Aintree, 16:15
The Big Daddy of betting events. There is no excuse - you just gotta have a tickle or two on the National, them's the rules. Raced over the marathon distance of four miles and three furlongs the National is one of the great sporting spectacles and never fails to send a tingle up the spine. It's also the classic each-way betting event with an enormous field of 40 runners going to post, and Betfair's Sportsbook is paying out down to fifth place at a quarter the odds. Prices on the Exchange are typically chunkier so if you've got a real feeling about an outsider get yourself to Betfair's original betting platform and chase the dream at ridiculous odds!
The Boat Race
The River Thames, some time on Saturday afternoon
Does anyone without an Oxbridge connection really care about this? If you do, here is Jack Houghton's preview.
The Manchester derby
Live on Sky Sports 1
We're carrying several previews of the big Manchester derby here on Betting.Betfair, and the general consensus across our writers seems to be a home win for the in-form United. City themselves look in disarray going into this one; three defeats in their last five league games tells its own story, but these games tend to be muck and bullets-type fare and so it may well be worth backing goals or having a tickle in the Both Teams to Score market at 8/11.
Over 3.5 Goals is 9/4, which may well tempt given that five of the last nine of these fixtures have seen four goals or more.
The Final Day at Augusta
Dream scenario - your triple-figure Masters wager is five shots clear (and doesn't collapse like Rory in 2011); more likely - your man is floating around just too far off the lead to land you that dream winner. Don't worry though there are plenty of ways to turn a profit on Sunday at Augusta. Two-ball betting - one man scoring less than his playing partner - is a simple way of hitting a winner while the place markets go from top five down to top 20. In his imperious Masters preview, Steve Rawlings notes that the final day at Augusta usually delivers on the drama front so get prepared to hit that lay button as the leaders battle for the green jacket.