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Mark Race

Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.

Fulham’s exuberance to win out

Fulham can erase the memory of last season’s disappointment by getting the better of Aston Villa in Saturday’s Championship play-off final at Wembley. The Cottagers lost out to Reading 12 months ago despite heading into the play-offs as the team in form so Slavisa Jokanovic is determined to guide his side back into the top-flight […]

Steady England to come up short

Gareth Southgate has selected a solid, versatile and youthful squad for the World Cup but a lack of inventiveness will ensure it will once again be a summer of disappointment for England fans. England should at least progress from their group, something they failed to do four years ago in Brazil, although Tunisia, Panama and […]

Mourinho to outsmart drained Conte

It should be a classic FA Cup final but the build-up to the Wembley extravaganza has been surprisingly subdued. It is testimony to Manchester City’s dominance this season that teams who finished second and fifth in the Premier League have been castigated for their poor campaigns and as a consequence, the expectations for Saturday’s game […]

Thiem can get under Nadal’s skin

Dominic Thiem showed in Madrid that Rafael Nadal can be beaten on clay and the 24-year-old Austrian appears to be the man most likely to stop the Spaniard triumphing at the French Open for an 11th time. Nadal won his first title in Paris 13 years ago and he had been in great form before […]

Nadal to be the Madrid maestro

With Novak Djokovic struggling for form and Roger Federer opting not to take part in the tournament, it is difficult to see beyond Rafael Nadal as the winner of the Madrid Open. The Spaniard is the defending champion – he beat Dominic Thiem in the final 12 months ago to claim his fifth Madrid title […]

Blues to bring Liverpool back down to earth

Chelsea can mark their return to Stamford Bridge after three victories in a row on the road when they take on Champions League finalists Liverpool on Sunday. Antonio Conte’s side slipped down the table when they only took seven points from a possible 24 recently but one-goal victories at Southampton, Burnley and Swansea have lifted […]

Town and Eagles to ease worries

Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace can clinch narrow home victories on Saturday and ease their relegation concerns. The Terriers have only emerged victorious in two of their last 15 matches but have an uncanny knack of triumphing in must-win games – and for them Saturday’s encounter is just that. David Wagner’s team beat the Hornets […]

Tired City to come up short

After enjoying such a brilliant season, back-to-back defeats in the space of four days suggest Manchester City’s campaign is limping to an end and they may not have enough left in the tank to overturn a three-goal deficit against Liverpool. The Reds were superb in the first half of last week’s Champions League quarter-final first […]

Conte and Wenger to enjoy home comforts

Chelsea can return to winning ways on Sunday by triumphing in the London derby against West Ham while Arsenal can make it six victories in a row in all competitions by adding to Southampton’s woes. The Gunners’ problems this season have been primarily on their travels – they have won only three of their 15 […]

In-form Isner can lead USA to Davis Cup glory

The Davis Cup has reached the quarter-final stage and while the USA, Spain and Croatia are expected to ease to victories this weekend, the tie between defending champions France and Italy could be very tight. USA have won the Davis Cup more times than any other country, but the last of their 32 triumphs came […]