Cross Sport Acca – Back Our 53/1 Multi-Sport Acca This Weekend
With it being a quieter weekend than normal with Royal Ascot just around the corner, we’ve picked out a cross-sport acca featuring some of the key sporting events over the weekend. It includes our pick for the Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown, England’s crunch Nations League game vs Italy, our pick for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, plus a huge game in the Gallaghers Premiership.
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SARACENS TO WIN BY 6-10 POINTS VS HARLEQUINS (Gallagher Premiership – 1:30pm Saturday) 5/1
We’re at the business end of the Gallagher Premiership season, and only four remain as we head to the play-offs. Saracens, Leicester, Northampton and reigning Champs Harlequins will battle it out over the coming fortnight.
Having been relegated following salary cap breaches two seasons ago, SARACENS have gone back to where they left off finishing a narrow second in the regular season. They play Harlequins who took full advantage of their absence claiming victory over Exeter Chiefs in a pulsating 40-38 blockbuster in last year’s Grand Final.
Quins don’t do boring games as we’ve seen so often this season, however, Saracens seem to have their number, having won three from three this season – with margins of 9, 7 and 7. The handicap line is at, you guessed it, -7 for Sarries. We’re therefore tempted to take a punt at the 9/2 on Saracens Winning Margin 6-10 here. This should be a tight affair but it looks ready made for the former Champions to win in the region of a converted try.
CATURRA (Scurry Stakes – Saturday 2:50pm Sandown) 11/10
The racing may not be of the same quality as a usual Saturday, but Clive Cox’s CATURRA is by far the class act in the field in the Surrey Stakes and should take the world of beating.
His record over 5f reads 4121 (with the fourth being on debut), and that includes a Group 2 victory on his most recent outing over the trip, in the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster. He ended last season stepping up to 6f and finishing 5th in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, only a neck behind Go Bears Go (who has already won a Group 3 race this season).
He started this season over in France, finishing a close second in the Prix Sigy (Group 3) at Chantilly. Returning to the UK, he then raced in the Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2), finishing fifth ahead of the likes of Ever Given (won a Listed race next time out). The step back down to 5f should benefit Caturra, and this is a marked step down in Class from the quality of racing he’s been used to.
He is by far the best horse in the race, and although he carries top weight, he should prove his quality and win this comfortably enough.
ENGLAND VS ITALY – BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE (Nations League – Saturday 7:45pm) 10/11
England host Italy on Saturday at an empty Molineux stadium, as a result of crowd trouble during the Euro 2020 final. The lack of an atmosphere shouldn’t prevent goals from both sides though, with both teams scoring in each of the last five head-to-heads.
England have had an underwhelming start to their Nations League campaign, going down 1-0 to Hungary before a late Harry Kane penalty earned a point against Germany. That was the Spurs strikers 50th goal for his country, and he’ll be determined to close the gap on Wayne Rooney’s 53 goals. On home soil, England have scored 15 goals in their last five games, so they should be confident of at least finding the back of the net once.
Italy have had a slightly better to start to the Nations League, drawing with Germany 1-1 before a deserved 2-1 victory at home to Hungary. Both games saw both teams score, which is a good omen for our bet! Italy’s usual impeccable defence has struggled of late, conceding in each of their last five games. However, at the other end of the pitch they’ve found the back of the net in seven of their last ten matches.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE looks to be the safest bet, with neither team impressing much lately and with each side conceding in both of their Nations League games so far this campaign. Bring on the goals!
MAX VERSTAPPEN TO WIN (Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Sunday 12pm) 5/4
It’s been a tussle at the top of the field between MAX VERSTAPPEN and Charles Leclerc for much of the season, and Azerbaijan should be no different. Before Sergio Perez’s Monaco triumph, Verstappen and Leclerc had locked out the top step of the podium between them across each of the first six races. Red Bull should have the edge in Baku, where their top speed advantage over rivals Ferrari is expected to play a greater role than in recent weeks. Leclerc knows how to hook up a single lap in Azerbaijan, but Verstappen’s race pace should prove too much for the Monegasque on Sunday.
After winning the Drivers Championship by the barest of margins last year, Verstappen isn’t holding back this year and has already won four of the seven races to try and ensure there isn’t a repeat of the close finish of last year!
Red Bull have won two of the four Grand Prix’s held in Azerbaijan and with Verstappen keen to extend his lead in the Drivers Championship, he should do enough here to hold off Leclerc and the rest to gain a fifth win of the season.
*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 1pm Friday 10th June*
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