Ballina are favourites

It’s another very entertaining weekend in sport on the way and locally all eyes will be on the Connacht Club SFC final between St. Brigids and Ballina Stephenites in Ballina.    The Mayo side are the favourites to win the title. Odds as follows: Ballina 4/5; St.  Brigids 5/4; Draw 13/2. Outright betting (without a draw) is Ballina 8/11; St. Brigids 1/1.   All-Ireland Club SFC odds: Nemo Rangers 11/4, Crossmaglen 100/30, Ballina 11/2, Portlaoise 13/2, St. Brigids 8/1, St. Vincents 8/1 and 10/1 bar.   In soccer the Premiership returns after the international break and the following are the odds for the weekend games: Newcastle 5/2 v Liverpool 1/1; Draw 9/4. Arsenal 1/6 v Wigan 16/1; Draw 5/1. Bolton 7/1 v Manchester United 4/9; Draw 3/1.   In horseracing the big race of the weekend is the Betfair Chase at Haydock and Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Kauto Star makes his re-appearance in this top quality event.   Prices as follows: 1/1 Kauto Star, 3/1 My Way de Solzen, 6/1 Hypnotic Dancer, 10/1 Aces Four, 16/1 Beef or Salmon, 20/1 bar. Bet of the Week I will oppose Kauto Star in the Betfair Chase. Without Ruby Walsh the champion  could be beaten and the classy My Way de Solzen is the choice at 3/1 to cause an upset.