Weekend longshots: Goal-fest in League Two, Makhachev magic, Vegas to hit jackpot and more

The great and the good of the Planet Sport's writers and tipsters pick out their favourite longshot bets in their specialist sports for this weekend's action.

You probably spend most of your time researching soccer and horse racing info looking for the bet that could tip the scales in your favour.

But what about the value bets that might have passed you by? Well, our Planet Sport experts have got together and selected some intriguing tips that will give your wallets a much needed shot in the arm this weekend.

(All text odds correct at time of publication, the odds in the pretty blue boxes are bang up-to-date)

Sutton United vs Walsall (2-2 draw 16/1)

Joss Labadie

Scott Allen (Planet Sport Editor)

Sutton fans are still waiting for someone to tap them on the shoulder and say 'wake up pal this is just a dream'.

The Us are currently sixth in the League Two table, with a squad made up mostly from the team that secured promotion from the National League last season...a season where they were expecting a relegation battle.

After a nervy start to this campaign, Matt Gray's side are now starting to find the back of the net regularly - their last blank came way back on September 18. Plus the goals are coming from all over the pitch. Twelve different players have put at least one in the onion bag this season and two of their top scorers are midfielders.

Sutton also haven't had a draw since two consecutive ones in August, so one is bound to turn up sooner or later.

Meanwhile Walsall love a 2-2 draw, they've already had two this season from their five drawn matches.

Hooker to get stopped (6/1)

Joe Hewlett (Planet Sport writer)

Dan Hooker

The winner of this contest could very well be in line to challenge the winner of Charles Oliveira's December showdown against Dustin Poirier.

Oliveira is the current lightweight champion after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from the sport in 2020.

Makhachev (20-1 MMA) has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in recent times, winning eight consecutive bouts.

The Kazakh - who will be supported by social media sensation Hasbulla Magomedov in Abu Dhabi - is a heavy favourite but Hooker is ranked No.6 in the lightweight division and has four wins from his last six bouts.

While Hooker has won 17 of his 21 fights inside the distance, every time he steps up against world class opposition he comes unstuck and we fancy Makhachev to win inside the distance.

Vegas Golden Knights @ Anaheim Ducks (VGK to win 4-2 at 20/1)

Michael Graham (Planet Sport writer)

Vegas Golden Knights celebrate

The Vegas Golden Knights are many people's tip to win the Stanley Cup this year, but they have not started particularly well.

An injury crisis has hit the franchise, with captain Mark Stone and top forward Mark Pacioretty among those missing. That has seen them struggle so far, winning just three of their seven opening matches.

However, they have started to generate some real momentum, beating the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars - two of the best teams around - in their last two games, and they will fancy their chances against a poor Anaheim side.

Hendry to face another whitewash on comeback tour (6/1)

Seb Sternik (Planet Sport Writer)

Former player Stephen Hendry looks on as he presents prior to the evening session during day nine of the Betfred World Snooker Championships 2021 at The Crucible, Sheffield.

Seven-time World Champion Stephen Hendry continues his return to the professional tour with a match against Li Hang in the qualifying stage of the European Masters.

The 52-year-old Scotsman is a long way from his best having lost three of his last four games - two of them to nil.

Hang is ranked over 50 places above Hendry and should get the job done without breaking too much of a sweat.

With that in mind, a clean 5-0 win for the Chinese player is my longshot bet for the weekend.

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