Cheltenham Festival Headlines The Week's Sporting Events

By Martin Green08 March 2020
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Cheltenham Festival Headlines The Week's Sporting Events

Cheltenham Festival

The biggest event in the British horseracing calendar takes place at Prestbury Park this week. The Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Champion Hurdle and the Stayers’ Hurdle are among the major prizes up for grabs at the four-day meeting. All the leading trainers, jockeys and owners will gather to fight for glory. The Champion Hurdle is the main event on Tuesday, and Epatante is the 7/2 favourite, but Supasundae looks an attractive each-way punt at 12/1. Altior will bid to win a third consecutive Champion Chase on Wednesday. He has just had an unsuccessful attempt to step up in trip, and is now return to his 2m specialism. Yet age may be catching up with Altior, so Defi Du Seuil looks interesting at 9/4 for that race.

It is hard to see anyone challenging Paisley Park for the Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday. He was a popular winner last time around, and he looks equally impressive this year. A number of well known runners will compete for the Ryanair Chase that day, and Frodon stands out as an interesting each-way option. The Gold Cup takes place on Friday. Defending champion Al Boum Photo and Santini are 7/2 joint favourites, with Delta Work at 6/1, Lostintranslation 13/2 and dual King George winner Clan Des Obeaux priced at 15/2. Lostintranslation looks like a great bet at 13/2.

Champions League

European champions Liverpool will battle to overturn a 1-0 aggregate deficit when they host Atletico Madrid for the second leg of their last 16 clash on Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp’s men went behind to an early strike from Saul Niguez at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium a fortnight ago. Atletico then totally shut up shop and closed out an impressive 1-0 win. However, Liverpool have been invincible at Anfield over the past year. They battered Barcelona 4-0 here last year en route to winning the Champions League, and they should feel confident in the ability to beat Atletico. Liverpool to win and under 4.5 goals looks good at 4/5 with Betway.

PSG trail Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in their last 16 clash after a brace from Erling Braut Haaland decided the first leg. Since then PSG have scored 12 goals in three games against domestic rivals, including a 5-1 victory over Lyon at the weekend. Dortmund are on a long winning streak, so this should be an enthralling clash. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks like a great option. The previous day’s action sees RB Leipzig host Spurs. The Germans lead on aggregate and Tottenham are in woeful form. A draw would suit Leipzig and 888 Sport has 7/2 on that. Valencia trail Atalanta 4-1 on aggregate. They have little chance of overturning that deficit, so that game might be best avoided.

Europa League

We are now down to the last 16 of the Europa League, and the first leg begins on Thursday. Bayer Leverkusen are in magnificent form in the Bundesliga, and they have the quality to beat Rangers at Ibrox, so an away win looks attractive at 23/20 with Bet365. Olympiakos will be buoyed by their thrilling victory over Arsenal in the last leg, but Wolves are stubborn opposition. Wolves draw no bet is 19/20 with 888 Sport. Tournament favourite Man Utd are in Austria to face LASK Linz, and you can find 5/4 on them winning the game.

Australia Grand Prix

The first Grand Prix of the 2020 season takes place in Melbourne at the weekend. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas took the chequered flag last year, but teammate Lewis Hamilton will be keen to seize the initiative this time around. The Brit is the defending F1 champion and the odds-on favourite to reclaim his crown in 2020. He has looked strong in testing so far, and he looks well priced at 5/4 with Unibet to win this race. Sebastian Vettel has a good record in Melbourne and he is 8/1 with various bookmakers. That might make a nice each-way bet, as he will have a point to prove this season.