The Week Ahead: Five 'must have' bets for the coming seven days

Shaun Murphy looks in tremendous form and is fancied to reach the final at least
Shaun Murphy looks in tremendous form and is fancied to reach the final at least

A void bet, two winners, and a very unlucky loser is the story of last week's 'five bets' column but this week the guys are confident of improvement. We have some early wagers too, with cricket and football on Monday hopefully getting Dan Thomas, Luke Moore, and Mike Norman off to the perfect start...


"But it's the noises coming out of the yard that perhaps indicate this horse's chance on Saturday with the trainer's son Joseph comparing Gleneagles to Ballydoyle legend Giant's Causeway. It's fair to say a massive run is expected and odds of 3.613/5 look more than fair."

1. IPL Cricket
Back Kings XI Punjab @ 1.784/5 to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad
Monday, 15:30
Live on Sky Sports 2

It's been a slow start to the IPL campaign for last year's runners-up Kings XI but they looked back to something near their best in beating table-topping Rajasthan Royals in the Super Over thriller last week and they will head into Monday's clash in confident mood.

The Sunrisers were very disappointing with the bat on Saturday, falling well short of Mumbai's 158, and on a ground that has form for low totals they could well struggle again, against Mitchell Johnson and co. Back George Bailey's men to win again. DT


2. Championship Football
Back Bournemouth HT/Bournemouth FT @ 1.855/6 v Bolton
Monday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports 1

It promises to be a huge night in front of the cameras at the Goldsands Stadium, with a win for Bournemouth effectively guaranteeing promotion to the Premier League by virtue of their vastly superior goal difference to Middlesbrough.

With Bolton having little to play for, it's easy to see why Eddie Howe's men are just 1.292/7 to get the three points they need, but as our previewer Andy Tongue notes, there is more value in backing the Cherries in the half-time/full-time market at a nice looking 1.855/6.

They are top of the Championship 'half-time table', having been ahead at the break in exactly half of their 44 games so far, and have won four in the last five at home so back the south coast outfit to secure promotion in style. DT


3. Premier League Football
Back Chelsea @ 1.728/11 to beat Leicester

Wednesday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports 1

Leicester are on a good run, with four wins on the spin at a vital time, but it is unrealistic to suggest they can stop a Chelsea side gunning for the Premier League title on Wednesday night.

The Blues have in fact won the last five meetings in a row with the Foxes, are motivated to lift the first league title of Jose Mourinho's second stint as manager, and are a far better side than Nigel Pearson's men, despite their good form.

On paper, the four wins Leicester have notched up were all winnable - West Ham, West Brom, Swansea and Burnley - a game against Chelsea is not. 1.728/11 about the Champions-elect to do the business is a very generous price indeed. LM


4. Horse Racing - 2,000 Guineas, Newmarket
Back Gleneagles @ 3.613/5
Saturday, 15:45

Golf hasn't been the kindest sport to us in this column but I'm sure we can be forgiven for going for Gleneagles in Saturday's Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

True, we've missed the fancy prices about Aidan O'Brien's three-year-old but it's impossible to ignore the vibes coming out of the Ballydoyle yard about this Galileo colt that have resulted in his odds being slashed for the first Classic of the season.

Gleneagles has barely put a foot wrong on the track following his debut fourth, winning five straight races including two Group 1s, though he was disqualified in his last victory after causing interference.

But it's the noises coming out of the yard that perhaps indicate this horse's chance on Saturday with the trainer's son Joseph comparing Gleneagles to Ballydoyle legend Giant's Causeway. It's fair to say a massive run is expected and odds of 3.613/5 look more than fair. MN


5. World Championship Snooker - Winner
Back Shaun Murphy E/W (2 places) @ 11/2
Concludes Monday, 4 May
Live on BBC and Eurosport

Shaun Murphy is making impressive progress through this year's World Championship and looks destined to go right to the very end. After a 10-3 first round victory over Robin Hull the Englishman currently leads Joe Perry 12-4 in his second round match and just requires one frame to book a meeting with qualifier Anthony McGill in the quarter-final.

Murphy has been the stand-out player this season, is in terrific form currently, yet he continues to be underestimated in the betting markets. At least three players are rated as having a better chance of winning this year's World Championship and one of them, Neil Robertson, should be the only person standing in Murphy's way of reaching the final and guaranteeing a return on our bet.

For the record, Murphy beat Robertson 10-2 in the Masters final just a few months ago, and I fancy he'll get the better of the Aussie again should they meet in the semi-final. MN


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