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Sky Bet Betting Blog Posted 1st October 2010 view comments

Wigan backed for Grand Final glory

St Helens will be hoping to end a sequence of three straight Grand Final defeats when they take on Wigan at Old Trafford this weekend live on Sky Sports 2 from 5:30pm but it's Michael Maguire's men that are being backed with Sky Bet for victory.

Wigan to lift the Grand Final trophy?

Wigan to lift the Grand Final trophy?

Wigan are the 8/13 favourites to lift the Grand Final trophy (6/5 St Helens) and 8/11 to win with a handicap start of -2 points (11/10 St Helens +2 and 16/1 Handicap Draw).

The Old Trafford showdown will mark the end of one of rugby league's all-time greats in Keiron Cunningham. The hooker has played 17 seasons for St Helens and is 3/1 to end his career by picking up the Harry Sunderland trophy (Man of the Match) at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

Sky Bet's Tim Reynolds said: "We'll be hoping it will be fourth time lucky for the Saints after laying Wigan all season to lift the Grand Final trophy."

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Arsenal 4/1 to be the next team to beat Chelsea

After suffering their first loss in the league since February 27th 2010 last weekend, Chelsea will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host bitter rivals Arsenal in Sunday's live Sky Sports match. The Blues haven't lost back-to-back games in the league since May 2006, a run of 159 league games but Sky Bet make Arsenal 4/1 to be the next team to defeat Chelsea in the league.

Chelsea's next match sees them travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa and it's 9/2 for Gerard Houllier's team to be the next team to inflict defeat upon Chelsea. It's 22/1 for Wolves (h), 9/1 Blackburn (a) and 9/2 Liverpool (a). 6/4 is on offer for Chelsea not to taste defeat in their next five league games.

Chelsea, who are currently top of the Premier league table, three points clear of Manchester United and four better off than Arsenal, are 8/11 to gain maximum points (4/1 Arsenal and 13/5 Draw) this weekend and 2/1 to win to nil.

Sky Bet's Tim Reynolds said: "With home advantage Chelsea should be able to avoid defeat this weekend and cement their position at the top of the Premier League table."

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50/1 At least five Ryder Cup matches completed today

Heavy rain in South Wales has caused play to be suspended on the first day of the 2010 Ryder Cup due to a waterlogged course and Sky Bet are offering 50/1 for at least five of the eight matches scheduled for today to be completed (2/5 none completed and 7/4 one to four completed).

With play now running behind schedule, it's looking more and more likely that play will run over to Monday and with a cut off time of 6:43pm, it's 10/1 for the Ryder Cup to be determined without completing all matches.

Sky Bet have also cut the price of any player to jump into the water after holing the winning putt on the 18th green to 7/2 (from 5/1) after seeing floods of money throughout this morning.

Sky Bet's Tim Reynolds said: "With rain predicted for the bulk of the weekend the player who holes the winning putt is going to be soaked through already so it wouldn't make a difference to the player if he celebrated in style by jumping in the water on the 18th, as Paul McGinley did at the Belfry in 2002."

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Gosden 2/1 for Cambridgeshire coup

John Gosden is 2/1 with Sky Bet to win the Cambridgeshire for a third time in four years at Newmarket on Saturday with any of his three entries in the 35-runner field following the 48-hour declaration stage.

Nationalism, the mount of stable jockey William Buick, is a red hot 4/1 favourite but Taqleed, another unexposed three-year-old from the yard, has been well backed over the past few days into 12/1 from 16s to defy his second string status.

Gosden's raiding party is completed by High Twelve, the 20/1 outsider of the Clarehaven trio bidding to emulate previous stable winners Tazeez (2008), Pipedreamer (2007) and Halling way back in 1994.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: 'Using past renewals as a guide, Nationalism will need to be a Group horse to win from stall 3 but Gosden has all bases covered with Taqleed drawn among the traditionally favoured high numbers in stall 26.'

Luca Cumani's Start Right remains next best at 10/1 with Sky Bet and is another fancied runner drawn low in stall 9, while the latest big mover for the first leg of the Autumn double is Godolphin's sole entry Emirates Dream (18/1 from 33s).

Meanwhile, the supplementary entry of Lady of the Desert for the Prix de l'Abbeye at Longchamp has caused a major shake up in the market with Mick Channon's Diadem winner replacing Swiss Diva at the head of the market as 5/2 favourite.

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Fulham 5/1 to remain unbeaten longer than Manchester United

With only two teams in the Premier League still defending unbeaten records going into this weekend's fixtures, Sky Bet make Fulham 5/1 to remain undefeated longer than Manchester United (1/9).

Fulham travel to Upton Park tomorrow and it's 11/5 for Mark Hughes' team to come away with maximum points with West Ham 5/4 to inflict a first league defeat upon the Cottagers (9/4 Draw).

Manchester United on the other hand travel to the North-East to take on Sunderland and it's 4/1 for the Black Cats to come out victorious (8/11 Manchester United and 5/2 Draw).

Sky Bet's Tim Reynolds said: "Everybody would expect Manchester United to remain unbeaten the longest and the odds certainly reflect this."

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Classic Dream a reality for Simcock

Dream Ahead has emerged as a serious threat to Frankel for next year's 2,000 Guineas and is now a 6/1 second favourite with Sky Bet following his runaway success in the Middle Park Stakes.

David Simcock's unbeaten colt romped away from his Group 1 field at Newmarket to come home nine-lengths clear of Strong Suit and Approve on the testing ground.

The dual Group 1 winner, who had previously won the Prix Morny under today's rider William Buick, and has now won all three starts having previously won a Nottingham maiden on debut by an identical winning margin.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: 'Although he relished the ground, Dream Ahead has put down a clear marker for top Classic honours next year leaving the Coventry Stakes winner and a dual Group 2 winner trailing in his wake.'

Another wide-margin win on the card in the Cheveley Park Stakes failed to stir the markets for next year's 1,000 Guineas as Hooray is thought unlikely to stay the mile and has been left unchanged at 33/1.

Havant had her odds cut into 16/1 from 25s for the first fillies' Classic after following up her maiden win at Group 3 level in the Oh So Sharp Stakes for last year's winning stable of Sir Michael Stoute.

On tomorrow's card, Sky Bet will be paying out on the first 6 places instead of 4 for the second year running on each-way bets struck in the Cambridgeshire from 6pm tonight (Friday).

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: 'It was commonplace industry wide to be paid out on five places in last year's Cambridgeshire, but we were the only firm to go the extra mile and pay out on the sixth home Stevie Thunder.'

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