Betting Preview – Saturday 17th January
Saturday’s sport includes five race meetings in the UK & Ireland, Premier League and African Cup of Nations matches, two Masters semi-finals and lots more.
There are five meetings in the UK and Ireland on Saturday – they are:
Haydock (12:20pm, National Hunt, subject to a Precautionary Inspection at 8:00am)
Ascot (12:40pm, National Hunt)
Naas (12:45pm, National Hunt)
Lingfield (12:50pm, Flat)
Taunton (1:05pm, National Hunt)
They also race at Turffontein (10:15am), Kenilworth (10:40am) and Meydan from 11:00am.
There are matches all across Europe on Saturday, with a number of games live on TV – they are:
English Championship – Derby County v Nottingham Forest (12:15pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 1)
Scottish Premiership – Hamilton v Celtic (12:45pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 3)
English Football Conference – Grimsby Town v Barnet (12:45pm kick-off, live on BT Sport 2)
English Premier League – Tottenham v Sunderland (3:00pm kick-off, live on Setanta Sports 1)
African Nations Cup – Equatorial Guinea v Congo (4:00pm kick-off, live on Eurosport 2)
Italian Serie A – Empoli v Inter Milan (5:00pm kick-off, live on BT Sport 2)
Spanish La Liga – Valencia v Almeria (5:00pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 5)
English Premier League – Newcastle v Southampton (5:30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 1)
African Nations Cup – Gabon v Burkina Faso (7:00pm kick-off, live on Eurosport 2)
French Ligue 1 – Monaco v Nantes (7:00pm kick-off, live on BT Sport Extra)
Villarreal v Athletic Bilbao (7:00pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 5)
Italian Serie A – Palermo v Roma (7:45pm kick-off, live on BT Sport 1)
Dutch Eredivisie – Vitesse Arnhem v PSV Eindhoven (7:45pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports Red Button)
There are a number of NBA matches down for decision on Saturday morning (just after midnight) Irish time, with two games on TV – they are:
NBA – Oklahoma City v Golden State (1:05am, live on BT Sport 1)
NBA – LA Clippers v Cleveland (3:35am, live on BT Sport 1)
The third ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka takes place at Eden Park on Saturday morning (live on Sky Sports 1 from 6:00am). Elsewhere, the Sydney Thunder take on the Melbourne Stars in the latest Big Bash match (live on Sky Sports 2 from 8:00am) at the Spotless Stadium.
There are matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup and Connacht League on Saturday – they are:
Waterford Crystal Cup – Kerry v UCC (1:30pm)
Waterford Crystal Cup – CIT v Cork (2:00pm)
Waterford Crystal Cup – Limerick v Waterford (2:00pm)
Connacht SHL – GMIT v Mayo (2:00pm)
Connacht SHL – Leitrim v Sligo (2:00pm)
Roscommon v NUIG (7:00pm)
The second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship takes place on Saturday morning (live on Sky Sports 4 from 9:00am) where Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlory are leading contenders after the opening round on Friday. Meanwhile, the second-round of the Sony Open continues in Hawaii (live on Sky Sports 4 from midnight) on Sunday morning.
There are seven BAGS cards on Saturday – they are:
The European Champions Cup continues on Saturday with a number of matches down for decision – they are:
European Champions Cup – Saracens v Munster (1:00pm kick-off, live on BT Sport 1)
European Champions Cup – Toulon v Ulster (3:15pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 2)
European Champions Cup – Sale Sharks v Clermont Auvergne (5:30pm kick-off)
European Champions Cup – Leinster v Castres (5:30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports 2)
European Champions Cup – Harlequins v London Wasps (7:45pm kick-off, live on BT Sport 2)
Elsewhere, the Newcastle Falcons face the Newport Gwent Dragons in the Challenge Cup (live on BT Sport 1 from 3:15pm) at Kingston Park.
The 2015 Masters continues in London on Saturday with two semi-final matches down for decision (live on BBC1 /2 and Eurosport from 1:00pm and 7:00pm) – they are:
2015 Masters – Ronnie O’Sullivan v Neil Robertson (1:05pm)
2015 Masters – Mark Allan v Stephen Maguire or Shaun Murphy
The 2015 Sydney International final take s place on Saturday morning (live on Eurosport 2from 8:30am) at the NSW Tennis Centre.