CLAN DES OBEAUX is worth backing here to complete the hat-trick by winning the King George VI Chase yet again. Clan De Obeaux shaped well in defeat to Bristol De Mai at Haydok last month and should have to see off stablemate Cyrname, who was defeated by 21 lengths in last year’s renewal. This looks a far from vintage King George and Clan De Obeaux looks a solid favourite and is well worth backing to score a third win in the race in-a-row.
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Next on the list, we will be heading to Detroit as Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to town. The Buccaneers were unconvincing in scraping by a middling Atlanta Falcons team last Sunday, but face a lower standard of opposition this week. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford bravely battled through a rib injury against Tennessee Titans, but was clearly limited and the Bucs defensive line is not one that any quarterback would want to face when carrying a knock.
The Lions porous defence shouldn’t provide too much resistance to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown, so we should expect to see a much-improved showing from Brady through the air. Despite inconsistent form throughout the season, this Bucs’ roster has Super Bowl-level talent and will want a comprehensive victory as they gear up for the playoffs.
On the face of it, Everton’s trip to Bramall Lane is a mismatch with Everton riding high in the Champions League places and Sheffield United winless through 14 Premier League matches. However, Carlo Ancelotti played a lot of his usual starting line-up against Manchester United in the EFL Cup quarter final on Wednesday, so Sheffield United will have the advantage of a few extra days rest. Everton will also likely be missing Lucas Digne, Allan and possibly James Rodriguez through injury.
Sheffield United have started to play some better football in recent games with David McGoldrick’s return from injury a big plus. The former Irish international’s link-up play gives a focal point to the Blades’ attack that has been badly lacking. Summer signing Jaden Bogle has also perfromed well off the bench when scoring against Brighton. All in all, Chris Wilder’s team are worth backing to avoid defeat here.
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