Weekend Betting Review

Churchill is the new Qipco 2000 Guineas favourite while Manchester City are odds-on for the Premier League title.

Churchill: Favourite for the 2000 Guineas

RACING

Churchill is 7/2 with Sky Bet for the Qipco 2000 Guineas after enhancing his burgeoning reputation at the Curragh on Sunday.

Aidan O'Brien's youngster was sent off the 4/5 favourite for the Group One Vincent O'Brien National Stakes and readily justified those odds in brushing aside decent yardstick Mehmas.

O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore were left purring with the trainer commenting: "He's just a lovely horse, very exciting for next year. We always viewed him as a Guineas horse."

His stablemate Caravaggio is next in the running at 4/1 while Churchill is also at the top of the betting for the Investec Derby at 10/1.

Moore and O'Brien suffered a shock reverse in the day's feature, the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St. Leger when 1/7 favourite Order Of St George was turned over by Mehmas' jockey, Frankie Dettori, on board Wicklow Brave.

Willie Mullins is targeting the Melbourne Cup with the winner who is the 14/1 market leader for the race that stops a nation.

On the continent, it was Arc Trials day at Chantilly and the most significant performance came from Japanese Derby winner Makahiki.

The Prix Niel winner is 7/1 but it's Postponed who remains Arc favourite at 7/2 ahead of La Cressonniere at 11/2.

On Saturday, Almanzor produced a fine display to win the Irish Champion Stakes and Sky Bet make him 7/1 to triumph in the Arc.

The French derby winner came with a storming run down the outside to collar the consistent Found at Leopardstown, confirming his status as one of the standout middle-distance performers in Europe.

However, with Minding a tad disappointing in third and Harzand even more so having been tapped for toe over a trip short of his best, time will tell whether this was indeed as strong a renewal as the pre-race billing.

Harzand is out to 14/1 having been challenging for favouritism while Minding has also drifted to that price. Found can both be backed at 8/1.

FOOTBALL

Manchester City are odds-on to win the Premier League after they beat Manchester United and Chelsea dropped points.

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Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho gave City victory at Old Trafford to make it four wins out of four for the ante-post favourites this season.

Sky Bet reacted by cutting City's odds from 11/8 to even money, before cutting them again to 10/11 after Chelsea's 2-2 draw at Swansea on Sunday, with United drifting to 4/1 from 5/2. They remain second favourites, though, with Chelsea now out to 11/2 from 9/2 after their first dropped points of the campaign.

Arsenal are 12/1 after they gained three points with a last-gasp winner against Southampton to move up to sixth, although they still trail City by five points.

Liverpool are 10/1 shots after an eyecatching 4-1 thumping of champions Leicester, who are now 150/1 to retain their crown – and 16/1 for the drop.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored United's consolation in the Manchester derby and he's now challenging Sergio Aguero for Golden Boot favouritism.

A fourth goal in as many games for the Swede saw his odds cut to 3/1. Aguero, who missed the game due to a suspension which still has two games to run, is the 11/4 market leader.

Chelsea's Diego Costa is 8/1 after netting twice at Swansea, with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy – both of whom scored on Saturday – at 12s and 18srepsectively.

The Liverpool pair of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both scored too and they can be backed at 28/1 and 33/1.

BOXING

Kell Brook was beaten by Gennady Golovkin on Saturday but emerged with great credit having stepped up to middleweight.

The Sheffield man could now step down to light-middle and Sky Bet make him 6/5 underdog in a potential fight with Amir Khan, favourite at 8/13.

The other fight priced up is with Errol Spencer Jr and this time Brook is favourite at 1/2.

Golovkin meanwhile is 1/10 for a potential bout with Chris Eubank Jr, 1/4 to beat Saul Alvarez and 1/3 for an unlikely clash with Carl Froch.

TENNIS

Stan Wawrinka upset the odds to beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open and Sky Bet make him a 25/1 to complete the career grand slam by landing the Wimbledon title next season.

The Swiss has typically struggled on the grass of SW19 but his ability to rise to the occasion on the biggest stages of all can't be questioned after another brilliant display for his first US Open title.

Djokovic remains favourite at 5/4 from Andy Murray at 7/4, with Canadian Milos Raonic considered the biggest threat to the big two at 8/1 rather than Roger Federer at 12s.

Angelique Kerber won the women's title as she moved to the top of the world rankings, and the German is 8/1 third-favourite for Wimbledon.

Serena Williams is 13/8 favourite with Garbine Muguruza next at 6/1.

NFL

New England Patriots are 7/1 favourites for the Super Bowl ahead of their first game of the season on Monday night.

Green Bay's narrow victory over Jacksonville sees them priced up at 15/2 with Seattle, who beat Miami 12-10, the only other side at single-figure prices – they're 8/1.

Denver are into 14s having beaten Carolina (10s) while Cincinnati Bengals are also into 14/1 after a winning start.

RUGBY UNION

Bath are 9/1 for the Aviva Premiership Grand Final after an impressive 58-5 victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

Saracens remain favourites at 6/5 after winning at Exeter (5/1) while Wasps' win against Leicester (8/1) at Welford Road saw them cut to 3/1.

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