Stan Hey: 6-5 Against
Saturday 16 May 2009
They can clinch the domestic championship today and then start thinking about the European cup – yes, Leicester Tigers could emulate Manchester United by doing the double. They face London Irish in the Guinness Premiership final at Twickenham, before taking on Leinster next Saturday in the Heineken Cup final.
While experience is in Leicester's favour today they know that their regular season wins over London Irish were marginal – 24-22 at home, 31-28 away. Leicester's key players could be the scrum-half Harry Ellis and all-energy back Sam Vesty. The Exiles have the Armitage brothers, pacy full-back Delon and wrecking-ball forward Steffon.
The result may hinge on the Exiles veteran Mike Catt (below), a destructive tactical kicker in open play. Leicester are odds-on (8-15, Paddy Power) while the Exiles are at 2-1 with Sportingbet – which is exactly what they are, as they have only one trophy on their minds. £10 win, Irish.
The PGA European Tour reaches Wentworth on Thursday for the BMW Championship, a reunion of golfers who have been ploughing through Asia and those who've been big-timing it in America. No prices yet but Henrik Stenson should be favourite after winning at Sawgrass – my two each-ways are Oliver Wilson, the runner-up in 2008, and Luke Donald.
There is no point in betting on Formula One as Brawn and Button are running away with it, while Ferrari are just running away.
*The ante-post Derby bet on Freemantle, at 25-1, is OK-ish after his narrow defeat in the Dante Stakes at York on Thursday (he's now as low as 10-1, totesport). But he will need a tactical ride to get the trip while Glass Harmonium, only two lengths back, looks a St Leger prospect.
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