Nick Richards' Sunday betting tips

HERE'S some extra tips for this Sunday's big afternoon of betting. You've probably read the column on a Friday in the Star, so here's a guide to where to put your money this afternoon.

Nick Richards

HERE'S some extra tips for this Sunday's big afternoon of betting. You've probably read the column on a Friday in the Star, so here's a guide to where to put your money this afternoon.

At 1pm it's the Birmingham v Wolves local derby and Birmingham are a good team to want to bet on. Not only are they very predictable, they rarely let you down.

At home, they're really strong this season - just two defeats from 12 home games and a mere seven goals conceded. Wolves on the other hand aren't that bad on the road - they've managed two wins and three draws.


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Wolves showed at Hull last weekend that they can get draws and that's where this game is heading. Go for the 1-1 draw at widely available 6/1.

Chelsea face Arsenal at 4pm and I called the home win in Friday's Evening Star column. Didier Drogba's back from the African Cup of Nations and after scoring at Hull on Tuesday, he can net again today. Drogba's 7/1 to score twice or more with Paddy Power and that's a great wager - he always seems to score in the big games at Stamford Bridge so get on this one.

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There's probably going to be four players in action against their former clubs - Arsenal's William Gallas played for Chelsea and both Nicolas Anelka and Ashley Cole once wore Arsenal red. It's got to be either Gallas or Cole for the first booking. I expect Chelsea to attack from the off, so the 12/1 with Sky Bet that Gallas gets his name taken first stands out.

End your day with a treat and take in some Super Bowl action. Even if you don't want to watch the whole game, watch it until half-time and you'll get to see The Who perform three or four songs during the interval.

Have a small punt on Saint's Marques Colston (20/1) or Pierre Garcon (25/1) to be MVP - the Most Valuable Player. It's like being voted man of the match except it's a massive honour and you get a super trophy, not just a bottle of champagne and a quick word with Richard Keys.

Colston and Garcon are available at huge prices. The award will probably go to the winning quarterback - Peyton Manning is a ridiculous price of evens to win it. If Manning has an off day, it'll probably go to a Saint.

If you want an anytime touchdown scorer with a difference, have a punt on Saints' tight end Jeremy Shockey at 11/5 with Boyle Sports.

With his blond hair, beefy figure and patriotic tattoos, the former New York Giant is a huge hit with the fans and can get in the end zone during the game for sure.

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