Your Best Bet
Our tipsters pick out the best odds on this weekend's football, rugby union and horse racing
Last Updated: 05/04/13 2:06pm
Your Best Bet welcomes the Grand National this weekend and also looks into this weekend's Heineken Cup quarter-finals and the Manchester derby.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men have the momentum and motivation to put the Premier League title race to bed in the Manchester derby on Monday Night Football.
The Reds have shown no let up in their impressive charge towards the championship this season, clearly still wearing the wounds of last season's heartbreak.
The nature of City's title triumph last season seems to have served as a galvanising force to their rivals, who have won all but one of their home games this term, while Roberto Mancini's men have gone backwards if anything, with their campaign undermined by winning less than half of their matches on the road.
The 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium went some way to absolving United of their failures, but both Sir Alex and the fans will be demanding an imperious performance on Monday.
Backing the hosts to win at 11/10 looks a safe bet, while taking them to overcome a -1 handicap at 11/4 and to score 3+ at 3/1 could well prove more profitable.
However, I'm looking towards a man who has been key to United's attempts to silent their noisy neighbours - Wayne Rooney.
The England frontman has scored in six of his side's last seven wins over City and is 21/10 to find the net in another, a price which holds added appeal given he has four in four for club and country while strike partner Robin van Persie is goalless in nine for the Reds.
Munster head to the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday to take part in a record 14th quarter-final appearance in the Heineken Cup.
However, I'm expecting the Quins to bounce back from their recent slump in form to defeat the Irishman and reach their first semi-final appearance in the Cup.
Harlequins are 4/11 to win the game but I'm expecting them to produce the goods on Sunday and win by more than seven points.
They are 10/11 on the -7 handicap, something they have managed to cover in all but one of their games so far in this year's competition.
Not only that but the men from the Stoop are the top point scorers and have enjoyed more time in possession than any other team in the cup before this weekend's round.
They may have a good away record in the Heineken Cup but Munster lost 51-24 against Glasgow last week and have struggled on the road recently so expect them to concede points against an English team with something to prove on Sunday.
By: Sebastian Butterworth
The relatively lightly-raced Cappa Bleu can take this year's Grand National for his in-form trainer Evan Williams.
The former Cheltenham Festival winner was a gallant fourth in last year's renewal despite being severely hampered early on, and there is every reason for thinking he can improve on that effort this time round.
Having run just twice this season, including when second last time out in a competitive handicap where the form has been franked, another tilt at the National has always been the aim.
Connections will be expecting a big run from the 11-year-old, who returns to Aintree older, wiser and also 2lb well-in at the weights.
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