Betting tips today: Our 26/1 Cheltenham and Premier League double for Friday

Our tipster Andrew Cunneen is siding with Wolves and Tornado Flyer.


*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

If you’ve been following along on this journey of combining football with the Cheltenham Festival, it’s been one hell of a ride.

We’ve laughed, cried, shouted at the television and realised how sad that was almost immediately after. I feel a bond has been formed through the strangest of circumstances and that, my friends, is for life. But let’s get down to business.

Well, here it is. It’s the day everyone looks forward to all year. The one thing we circle at the start of every season, track the progress, mark our cards and count down the days until it’s finally with us.

Folks – that time has arrived. Leeds and Wolves on a Friday evening.


What, you hardly thought I meant the Gold Cup did you? If I’ve learned one thing from this experiment, it’s that people are generally appeasing one side of this divide for the sake of profit.

And in that respect, I can assure you that despite your reservations and the history associated with National Hunt’s biggest prize, there are genuinely people more interested in seeing Jesse Marsch face off against Bruno Lage.

I know, I know. Anyway, for one last time – your Cheltenham/football double of the day.

Tornado Flyer to Win the Gold Cup

Give me any other year and show me the King George winner being this disrespected. Normally it’s the key trial outside of the Irish Gold Cup for this race, so you expect the victor to at least be in the top three in the betting.

But no, you have a horse who seemed to be aimed at the four-miler in Galvin, a horse in Minella Indo that hasn’t won since and a horse in A Plus Tard who was less than a length clear of Kemboy in the Savills all ahead of him in the betting.

You just need to ask yourself one thing – If Willie Mullins is sending him here, telling you he’ll improve for the step-up in trip and he’s won the King George so convincingly en route, then why is he the price he is?

These are the default fallacies I try and avoid – and I’m happy to take advantage of a price that is far, far too generous.



Wolves to Win

Here are the teams that Wolves have lost to at home since September: Liverpool, Arsenal and ehh.. Crystal Palace? Outside of those games, their home form looks like this: win, win, win, draw, draw, win, win, win.

They’re an efficient model at home and Leeds’ panic-inducing performances of late don’t seem to be in any way, shape or form capable of quenching an efficient unit that only really attack when they’re assured of breaking you down in numbers.

Wolves only lose games when they let them get away from them and there’s more hope of me getting away from my adult responsibilities than there is of Leeds racking up the goals at a venue that hasn’t seen any of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Spurs or Leicester score twice.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change

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