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Betting weekend preview (Premiership, FA-Cup, Rugby Six Nations, Cheltenham Festival)

Bet on this Weekend's Sport

We have some fantastic sport this weekend, with the FA Cup Quarter Finals featuring Man Utd v Portsmouth and Barnsley v Chelsea and Premiership action featuring Wigan v Arsenal. We also have more Six Nations action with Scotland v England and the 2:40pm at Sandown on Saturday.

Saturday's FA Cup Football

Man Utd v Portsmouth - Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 12:45pm

To kick off the FA Cup quarter finals, we have the only all Premiership fixture with Man Utd v Portsmouth at Old Trafford. These two sides have played each other twice this season, and both times Ronaldo has been the centre of attention; being sent off in the first meeting and scoring two fantastic goals in the second game at Old Trafford. Don't bet against Ronaldo running this game either. United really stated their intent in this competition in the last round, where they demolished arch rivals Arsenal 4-0. The African Cup of Nations has really affected Portsmouth, as they had key squad players missing, their top 6 rivals have been able to capitalise, leading to Portsmouth dropping away from the coveted European place. Harry Redknapp will view the FA Cup as a realistic route into Europe, so you can bet that Portsmouth will go all out at Old Trafford. With United at home and in devastating form this season, bookies have priced them as favourites for this match, with Better offering 4/11 on a home win, while Portsmouth have been priced at 10/1 (VC Bet) to upset the rulebook and progress to the semis.

Man Utd to Win 3/10 VC Bet
Draw 18/5 Centrebet
Portsmouth to Win 15/2 Better

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Man Utd v Portsmouth if Nani scores at anytime in this match.*

Barnsley v Chelsea - Live on BBC 1, k/o 5:30pm

This match has a real David vs. Goliath feel to it, with Championship side Barnsley's entire squad costing 10m less then Michael Essien alone. However, Barnsley have already defied the odds once in this competition, having beaten European champions Liverpool at Anfield, a tremendous achievement for any team. Although Chelsea are still in contention for all competitions, Avram Grant will view the FA Cup as Chelsea most 'winnable' trophy, especially in atoning for their Carling Cup Final defeat to Tottenham. Chelsea also come off two impressive performances, where they have score seven goals and conceded none. On paper Barnsley look to have little chance of progression, but with the magic of the FA Cup, anything can happen. Considering the gulf in class between these two teams, bookmakers have placed Chelsea as favourites, pricing them at 4/11 (Centrebet) to get the away win, while Better have priced Barnsley at 8/1 to beat the odds and pull off a tremendous victory.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Barnsley v Chelsea if Frank Lampard scores at anytime in this match.*

Sunday's FA Cup Football

Middlesbrough v Cardiff - Live on BBC 1, k/o 2:00pm

Middlesbrough may count themselves lucky to be still involved in the FA Cup after their fortunate win against Sheffield Utd in the last round. In that match, a freak Paddy Kenny own goal deep into extra time gifted Middlesbrough the result in a drab affair. Middlesbrough have been enjoying some good form of late, having won five matches since the turn of the year. This match represents Cardiff's first FA Cup quarter final in 81 years, and the occasion won't be lost on them. With their domestic form deserting them and leaving them in 14th place in the Championship, the FA Cup provides a welcomed distraction. Bookmakers have placed Middlesbrough as favourites, pricing them at 4/7 (Better) to get the home win, while VC Bet have priced Cardiff at 4/1 to reinstall some pride at the Riverside Stadium.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Middlesbrough v Cardiff if Stewart Downing scores at anytime in this match.*

Bristol Rovers v West Brom - Live on BBC 1, k/o 6:00pm

This match sees a clash between two Football League teams, League One Bristol Rovers v Championship highfliers West Brom. Similar to Cardiff, Bristol Rovers have been disappointing in League One. Having been considered one of the favourites for promotion, they find themselves languishing in 14th. Having already produced one fantastic performance to knock out Fulham in the third round, the magic of the Cup and the atmosphere of their home ground could easily inspire them to reach their first FA Cup semi-final. West Brom have been one of the best performing teams in the Championship this season, as they are still realistic contenders to win the league. With players such as Championship Player of the Year Kevin Phillips and Zoltan Gera bringing Premiership experience and real quality, don't bet against West Brom hounding the Bristol Rovers defence. Whatever the end result should be, this promises to be a fantastic game of football. West Brom have been priced as favourites at 11/10 (Centrebet), meanwhile Bristol Rovers have been priced at 12/5 by Better to claim another big team scalp.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Bristol Rovers v West Brom if Kevin Phillips scores at anytime in this match.*

Sunday's Premiership Football

Wigan v Arsenal? Live on Sky Sports 1, k/o 4:00pm

The big Premiership match this weekend sees Wigan host league leaders Arsenal at the JJB Stadium. Steve Bruce has pulled off some surprising victories since taking the helm at Wigan back in November. He has led the Latics to wins over Blackburn, Newcastle, Derby (twice) and West Ham but a win over the League leaders is another matter entirely. After all, Wigan have enjoyed no Premier League success over the Gunners in the past and the North Londoners will be buoyed by their heroics in Milan. Wenger's young guns may have been misfiring of late but they still have lost just one Premier League match all season. They've gone 12 matches unbeaten since they surprisingly lost at Middlesbrough back in early December. They've also been boosted by the return to fitness of the Dutch maestro Robin Van Persie. The Gunners should have too much confidence and firepower for the lowly Latics. Arsenal have been priced as favourites at 8/13 (VC Bet), meanwhile Wigan have been priced at 11/2 by Centrebet to take all 3 points.

BGbet are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets on Bristol Rovers v West Brom if Kevin Phillips scores at anytime in this match.*

Rugby Six Nations Tournament

This Saturday sees the annual Calcutta Cup between Scotland and England at Murrayfield. After England's heroics against titans France, where England ran out 13-24 winners, England have a real chance of winning the competition. All the focus will be on England to retain the Cup. England have been priced as favourites for this match, with Better offering 2/9 to capitalise on Scotland's underwhelming form, while Scotland have been priced at 2/1 (VC Bet) to bounce back and give a solid performance.

BGbet are running a fantastic 6 Nations special - Place a bet on the first or last tryscorer for any of the following 6 Nations matches this weekend and if the player listed below scores a try at anytime in the 80 minutes BGbet will refund all losing first and last tryscorer stakes on that match.*
Ireland v Wales - R O'Gara
Scotland v England - T Flood
France v Italy - A Floch

Weekend Racing

This Saturday sees the exciting Handicap Chase at Sandown, with 17 top runners in this event, you can be sure this will be a fantastic race. With the Cheltenham Festival only a few days away, this Handicap Chase is an excellent trial for those horse hopeful of making an impression at the 2008 gala.

BGbet are running a great refund offer on this race. If your horse falls during the 2.40pm at Sandown on Saturday, BGbet will refund your stakes in the form of free bets.**

With the 2008 Cheltenham Festival just days away, VC Bet are offering fantastic deals ranging from odds for places for every race at the festival, happy hour each day from 11am with enhanced odds & enhanced place terms and VC Bet's renowned Free Fall offer. Check the VC website for some of the best Cheltenham offers online!

Better are now betting "Non Runner No Bet" on all Grade 1 races at the Cheltenham Festival - 1/4 odds 1,2,3. So if your horse doesn't end up running in the chosen event, Better will refund your stake!***

Open an account with any of the following bookmakers and receive a free bet:
VC Bet 100 in Free Bets BGbet 100 Free Bet
Betterbet 25 Free Bet Centrebet 20 Free Bet

Odds subject to fluctuation - Odds taken at 9.00am 18/02/2008
* Refunds are in the form of free bets. Max stake 100

** T&C's
? Also applies if your horse was brought down, unseated or refused
? Min Stake 5 Max Stake 50
? Bets must be placed after 10am Saturday
? Singles only
? Win Or Each Way
? Web Customers only
? Free bets will be available from Monday 10am

*** Non Runner No Bet on all the Grade 1 races at Cheltenham, and the place terms for all these are 1/4 1, 2, 3. (Except Triumph Hurdle 4 places). All other races will be Non Runner No Bet when the declarations are made. Standard Better rules apply. See
for details.

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