A feeling of collective relief is palpable as Premier League action returns after the long, long international break, but football isn’t the only sport to get excited about this weekend.
Our cross-sports weekend wager will pay out at a shade under 160/1 if all are successful, and we can’t imagine why any of them won’t be.
Dallas Cowboys -6.5 points to beat New York Giants @ 20/23
The iconic Texan Gridiron gang can make it six wins on the spin at home to Eli Manning and co, who have lost two of their three road games this term.
Three of the Cowboys’ five 2014/15 triumphs have been by at least seven points, including a 38-17 thumping of pre-season Super Bowl fancies New Orleans Saints at AT+T Stadium.
Forgotten Rules to win British Champions Long Distance Cup @ 4/1
There’s no better price around about Dermot Weld’s newcomer, who obliterated an 18-runner field on debut in a Punchestown bumper six months ago, before blitzing a decent bunch at the Galway Festival.
Forgotten Rules’ eight-length August win over Shu Lewis, who went on to get within a length-and-a-half of Long Distance Cup favourite Leading Light at the Curragh, gives him a live chance at Ascot.
Furthermore, with a soft-ground victory under his belt already, Weld’s challenger should manage the heavy going, unlike O’Brien’s jolly, who finished twelfth in his last run over comparable conditions.
Joost Luiten to win World Matchplay Championship @ 6/1
The 28-year-old Dutchman could be forgiven for feeling a little unloved, having been completely overlooked for a Ryder Cup wild card despite posting top-30 finishes at the US Masters and PGA Championship in 2014, plus four more top 10s in Europe and a Wales Open win last month.
Luiten has carried that form into Kent, winning his first two group games and practically booking a place in the weekend’s quarter-finals already.
Manchester City v Tottenham – Over 3.5 goals @ 29/20
Last term, the pair of Premier League fixtures between these produced 12 goals, with all-but one bagged by the eventual champions.
Spurs may have settled somewhat defensively since, but five of their last six meetings with City featured at least four goals, while two of the hosts’ past four all-competition matches hurdled over this mark, so the flow is unlikely to be stemmed here.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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