Sports fans will be in their element this weekend, with some top-class events taking place in the United Kingdom and further afield.

Manchester’s two Premier League clubs are both in action, with City on the verge of winning the title and United close to securing a top four spot.

It is also a big weekend in horse racing, with trials for the upcoming Classic races taking place on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Read on as we preview some of the best events and pick out five bets worth noting this weekend.

United ready to roll at Villa

The bookmakers listed at Just UK Club have priced Manchester United at odds of 4/5 to win at Aston Villa on Sunday and they are fancied to get the job done.

The Red Devils are unbeaten on the road in the Premier League this season and should prove too strong for the Midlands outfit.

Villa head into the weekend tenth in the Premier League, despite winning just six of their 16 outings at home this season.

United haven’t been beaten by Villa since December 2009 and they are fully expected to enhance that record on Sunday.

Title in sight for City

Manchester City need just one more victory to clinch the Premier League title and can seal the deal at home to Chelsea on Saturday.

City have lost just four times during the current campaign and it would be a major shock if they failed to claim top spot for the third time in four years.

Pep Guardiola’s side triumphed 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in January and can be backed at odds of 10/11 to complete the double this weekend.

The visitors are still in the running to finish in the top four, but City can demonstrate their class by securing a victory at the Etihad Stadium.

High Definition set for Derby warm-up

High Definition heads five entries from Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien’s stable in the Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday.

The Galileo colt romped to the head of the Derby betting after two impressive victories last season, and will need to win well this weekend if he is to line up at Epsom.

High Definition is currently priced at 3/1 to win the Derby, but those odds will be slashed if he maintains his unbeaten record this weekend.

The horse is likely to be prohibitive odds to triumph at Lingfield, so backing him now to finish first in the Derby is the way to play this one.

Bolshoi Ballet 

O’Brien generally assembles a strong team for the Derby and his Bolshoi Ballet could be another interesting contender.

The Galileo colt enhanced his claims as he romped home to victory in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown during April.

Bolshoi Ballet will now put his Classic credentials on the line in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at the same track on Sunday.

The Ballydoyle trainer has won the race on 13 previous occasions, with his roll of honour including Derby winners Galileo and High Chaparral.

Hamilton seeks five-timer in Spain

There was plenty of hype at the start of the season that Max Verstappen would knock Lewis Hamilton off his perch in Formula 1.

The pair have finished first and second in the first three races, with the seven-time world champion posting two victories to Verstappen’s one.

The 2021 campaign continues in Spain this weekend with Hamilton seeking his fifth successive win at the Catalunya circuit.

Hamilton can be backed at odds of 6/5 to win the race and that looks exceptional value given his dominance over the past few years.


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