Sportingbet: The Weekend Preview

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AFTER the stunning results of Sunday, it’s only right the Premier League takes a breather while Euro 2012 Qualifiers get a chance to shine, but there’s no doubt it’s a tough coupon from which to pick your Five for a Ton bet.

Sportingbet’s free game challenges you to tip up five winners in a row but with the minimum odds allowed set at 4/6, there’s not too many eligible favourites! You can pick any sport, however, and entering is easy.

Simply listen to the Sportingbet Podcast at on Friday morning for the required codeword, then email it along with your selection to

England are too short for your pick but you can lump on for real at 8/15 on Friday night, or take Bulgaria to upset them in Sofia at 9/2.

The hosts have yet to score on their own patch however, so their best chance of success would appear to be the 11/4 draw. In the same group, Wales (15/8) v Montenegro (5/4) offers backable prices but after a miserable campaign to date, surely Gary Speed would take the draw (11/5).

Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland face a crunch clash and are chalked up as 19/20 favourites to beat out-of-sorts visitors Slovakia, who are available at 5/2. Friday night also sees Northern Ireland (23/10) take on Serbia (11/10) looking to open a gap between the sides in Group C.

Saturday’s action is limited to Hampden Park, where Scotland entertain the Czech Republic knowing defeat will effectively end their hopes of reaching Poland and Ukraine next summer. The pair are locked together in the betting, with the hosts 6/4 and their rivals only narrowly behind, priced 8/5.

If you’d prefer to stake your Five for a Ton life on horse racing, you could take July Cup winner Dream Ahead in the Haydock Sprint Cup on Saturday, though Lee Westwood-owned Hoof It could yet spoil your day. The Irish Champion Stakes runs in the evening and So You Think is the red hot favourite to take the plaudits at Leopardstown.

Elsewhere, you could take a pick from the first weekend of Aviva Premiership Rugby, where champions Saracens are handed a nine point handicap to beat Wasps priced 10/11 runners-up Leicester are 5/6 -10 points v Exeter.

The pair top the Regular Season Outright Winner betting but Northampton divide them in the Grand Final Winner market, though the Tigers are 5/2 favourites in both markets.

The Sportingbet Podcast previews all of the above and more, with views from ex-England star Steve Bull and Sportingbet experts, staff and ambassadors offering their best bet of the weekend in Weekend Wagers.

Plus there’s that chance to win a £100 Free Bet without spending a penny, so tune in and cash out at

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