It’s FA Cup fifth round weekend this season with several teams desperate for silverware.
Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas’ job could depend on winning a cup this season and his side are 3/10 to beat improving Birmingham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Arsenal could also do with finally ending their trophy famine and the Gunners face a second trip to Sunderland in a week. Martin O’Neill’s side ran Arsenal close last week and are good value at 11/5.
What better way for Harry Redknapp to sign off as Spurs boss than with an FA Cup triumph? His side travel to Stevenage on Sunday and are just 2/7 to beat the League One side. Liverpool are 2/7 to beat Brighton while the upset of the round could come at Crawley who are 11/4 to beat last season’s beaten finalists, Stoke City.
Cash strapped Rangers take on Kilmarnock in the SPL on Saturday while league leaders Celtic travel to Hibernian on Sunday.
Real Madrid opened up an unassailable looking ten point lead in La Liga last weekend and can consolidate their position by beating Racing on Saturday. Second plays third on Sunday as Barcelona take on Valencia. The 10/1 on Valencia – the next best team after Barca – looks too good to ignore.
A superb final round 64 saw Phil Mickelson win his 40th career title at Pebble Beach last weekend and the leftie is the 10/1 favourite to win the Northern Trust Open this weekend.
Luke Donald recorded three top six finishes between 2008 and 2010 in this event and can be backed at 16/1. Aaron Baddeley is the defending champion, hasn’t missed a cut in nine appearances and is good value at 30/1.
It’s a low key event on the European Tour this week as the Tour heads to India for the Avantha Masters. Joost Luiten is the 16/1 favourite and you can back last year’s winner SSP Chowrasia at 50/1.
England’s performance is the first one day international against Pakistan was a significant improvement on their Test displays and the series continues this weekend. The two teams meet in Dubai in the third one day international on Saturday.
On Sunday, the international triangular series continues in Brisbane as Australia face India while New Zealand welcome South Africa to Hamilton in a Twenty20 international.
Angelique Kerber was the surprise winner of the Open GDF Suez in Paris last week and the German is a 25/1 chance to win her second tournament in a week with victory at the Qatar Open.
Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is the favourite from former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur and Agnieszka Radwanska. Last week’s runner-up Marion Bartoli could be a reasonable each way bet at 20/1.
There’s a strong field in Rotterdam this week for the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament. Roger Federer returns to the Dutch city for the first time since winning the title in 2005 and leads the betting from Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro and Feliciano Lopez.
Superleague teams haven’t had a great time in the World Club Challenge in recent years with NRL sides winning in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Leeds Rhinos were the last English side to win this fixture and will hope to do so again this weekend when they face the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Leeds are expecting a 20,000 full house at Headingley and could well end the recent Australian dominance of this fixture.
Huddersfield scored 66 points in their demolition of Widnes last weekend and represent tough opposition for Warrington in the Superleague on Saturday. Wigan should win at Bradford on Sunday while St Helens can continue their good start to the season with a win at Hull KR.
Domestic rugby returns this weekend and there’s a great looking tie in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday. Second place Saracens take on fourth place Leicester who are on an excellent run of form after a slow start to the season. I actually fancy the Tigers to close the gap on their hosts with a win.
Leaders Harlequins can stay on top of the table by beating Worcester on Saturday while third place Northampton can beat Sale at Franklin’s Gardens.
Leinster have a ten point lead in the RaboDirect PRO12 and can consolidate their lead with a win over the Scarlets on Friday night. Second place Ospreys should beat rock bottom Aironi while Munster can win in Treviso.
Haydock Park hosts the Grand National Trial Chase on Saturday and the race is a tough trip over 22 fences. Junior and Neptune Collonges are the joint 8/1 ante post favourites from Start Me Up and Welsh National winner Le Beau Bai.
Elsewhere, there is racing on Saturday from Ascot, Lingfield Park and Wincanton.