After seven Saturdays of early starts in the Rugby World Cup punters can get a bit of a lie-in today.
Whether I make the final tomorrow is questionable. It looks to be a walkover for the All Blacks (1-8, Betfred). You cannot imagine a French win (8-1 sportingbet) after such an undeserved victory over Wales. As my bets have run their course I might stick a sarcastic £5 on the draw (40-1, Bet 365).
The Manchester derby looks more enticing, with City's transition from "chip on the shoulder" club to genuine contender almost complete. But can they scale Old Trafford?
United remain long unbeaten at home, but Chelsea and Norwich could have drawn there. United's back four is unsettled by injury and rotation and the same applies to City's attack – will Roberto Mancini risk Mario Balotelli in a high-octane game? I sense an entertaining draw, perhaps 2-2 (£10 at 14-1, Ladbrokes).
The NFL returns to Wembley, featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears. The Bucs are a young team on the up. The Bears are more grizzled competitors but are still unsure about their QB Jay Cutler; £10 win Bucs at 21-20, Skybet.
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