What to bet on this weekend - bookies odds for 21/22 April

Well, hello. Sport seems to be kicking in again - the Scottish Grand National takes place this afternoon with Merigo a really strong pick against some quite young and inexperienced opposition. I say young and inexperienced, they’re still quite good. Harry the Viking will likely go off as favourite, and Portrait King is attracting a lot of interest. Still, Merigo is 8lb better off than he was in the same race last year, and he’s won here before, so 15/2 is a good price with Paddy Power. They’re paying out 1/4 the odds over the first five places, which is generous - so if you want an each-way bet, Fruity O’Rooney, who did so well at Cheltenham in March, has a fine chance.

It’s the World Snooker Championships, and while it doesn’t quite capture the imagination in quite the way it did when Higgins, White et al were in their prime, it’s great that this Championship is wide open. Betfred are offering a range of insurance bets - so for example, if Judd Trump wins, you’ll get your cash back on singles. If your pick goes out in the first round to a deciding frame,  you’ll get your money back too. Equally, a 147 means you’ll get paid out as tournament winner, regardless of what happens afterwards. Happy days. Betfred, of course, sponsor the tournament.

Our pick? Well, Snooker’s always been a tough one to bet on, but Mark Selby is great value at 10/1, and Mark Williams is equally good value at 20/1 if you can get him to at least reach the semi finals, which he often does.

For some reason, the Grand Prix is going ahead in Bahrain, which just proves that money matters more than ethics, so bollocks to them.

In the football, you can’t miss Manchester City at Wolves, which is a horrible 1/4 - but then again, Wolves have taken hapless to a whole new level this season, so putting on £4 to win a £1 is akin to walking down the street and finding a pound coin at your feet. Nice.

Villa vs Sunderland has the look of a bore draw about it, which is good value at 23/10, while Bolton can take advantage of a downturn in Swansea’s fortunes at 11/10. QPR need it more than Spurs, or at least they’re playing like they do, and if you want a home side with long odds today, they will give you 11/4. Spurs are doing well at messing their season up, so a defeat here would really set the cat amongst the pigeons. Some bankers include Ajax at home to Groningen in Holland, and you can see Reading celebrating in style by beating Crystal Palace. 2/5 for the both of them.

In the baseball, evens for the Yankees at the Boston Red Sox, after having won comfortably last night, is generous. Doubront is on the mound for the Red Sox, and he’s started nicely unlike the other pitchers. But the Sox are in all sorts of trouble - you’d back them to sort it out eventually, given the quality they have in depth, but right now - they’re rubbish. Equally, the Washington Nationals have got superstar pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the mound and we’d take them to beat the Marlins again.

Got any other tips or bets that you’re on this weekend? Let us know below!

published: 21st April 2012 by Free Bet Bookmaker


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