Weekend longshots: Romelu Lukaku backed to continue hot streak in style

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

You probably spend the majority of your time pouring over the football 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)

Lukaku to take advantage of Spurs' leaky defence

Joe Hewlett (Planet Sport soccer writer)

Romelu Lukaku is proving to be worth every penny of his £97.5million price tag. The Belgian international scored on his debut against London rivals Arsenal before bagging a brace in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Chelsea travel to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and Lukaku will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing their leaky defence.

Spurs endured their first league defeat under Nuno Espirito Santo to Crystal Palace, conceding three goals in the process.

Spurs will be without defender Japhet Tanganga who was sent-off in their drubbing to Palace and with Eric Dier set to be at the heart of the defence, expect Lukaku to add to their woes.

He is 20/1 to bag a hat-trick and given the run he is on, it wouldn't surprise you.

Harlequins interesting prospect in Gallagher Premiership

Adam Kyriacou (Planet Rugby editor)

With the new Premiership season kicking off on Friday, there's a real buzz in England as the domestic competition rolls around.

Saracens, buoyed by several of their star players returning from loan spells, are back in the big time and have been installed as 15/8 favourites to lift the trophy they have won five times.

However, it is the price of reigning champions Harlequins that catches the eye on Planet Sport Bet as Tabai Matson's men are a tempting 12/1 to retain the title.

Despite a target being on their back in 2021/22, Quins, with the outstanding talent of Marcus Smith leading their backline, are surely worth a punt for glory.

Back high scoring draw at Villa Park

Sarah Winterburn (Football365 editor)

Anybody expecting Rafa Benitez's Everton side to be dull has had their preconceptions smashed as only the two Manchester clubs have scored more than the Toffees in the opening four games of the season.

No team yet has stopped them scoring at least two goals and Aston Villa look in no kind of defensive shape to halt that run

But this is Villa at home so we expect them to put up something of a fight; they've lost only one of their last six in the Premier League at Villa Park.

Demarai Gray looks a tasty bet to score anytime at 15/4 but if you're looking for a long shot that looks anything but, a repeat of the Leeds vs Everton two-all scoreline is my advice.

Hansen can conquer a weaker field at Dutch Open

Matt Cooper (Planet Sport golf writer)

This week's Dutch Open heads to new venue Bernardus Golf, a track that utilises sandy turf, heather and gorse to create a modern heathland test.

That spells great news for Denmark's Joachim B Hansen who finished tied sixth in the Scandinavian Mixed event earlier this summer, on a course with almost the exact same design principles.

He's also proved himself pretty adept when playing at Spey Valley in Scotland which, you've guessed it, is yet another modern version of that very traditional form of the game: he was second there in 2018 and has also twice finished fifth.

He was a solid T20th last week at Wentworth and makes great appeal in a weaker field at 40/1.

Big price challenger in Ayr Gold Cup

Tom Reed (Planet Sport racing writer)

A longshot's dream in the six furlong, 25 runner cavalry charge that is the Ayr Gold Cup.

Just two out of 20 winners of the Ayr centrepiece have gone in at odds of 5/1 or under, making the race an each-way thief's dream.

Flat Champion Trainer in waiting Andrew Balding has won the Ayr Gold Cup twice and sends Fivethousandtoone to Scotland for the race.

While the colt's odds may not quite live up to his name, they are plenty big enough for a son of Frankel who has run in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot and can prove a fox in the box for King Power Racing, who also own Leicester City.

Clayton to cause an upset in Copenhagen

Andy Schooler (Planet Sport betting writer)

Jonny Clayton looks a decent price to cause an upset in the World Series of Darts in Copenhagen.

Last weekend, Clayton was part of the Wales team which reached the semi-finals of the World Cup of Darts, during which he toppled Peter Wright.

Having emerged as a surprise champion of the Premier League earlier in the year, Clayton is clearly a man for the bigger stage - and a loss to reigning world champion Gerwyn Price at the World Matchplay can certainly be forgiven.

Pryce is also in this field but he's on the opposite side of the draw so the pair could only meet in the final.

Each seed opens against a local player with Clayton expected to meet Wright again in the quarter-finals. Last week's result will certainly help on that score, while a meeting with Michael van Gerwen could follow.

However, the Dutchman's consistency is not what it once was and he's yet to win a tournament in 2021.

Pryce, van Gerwen and Wright are all 7/2 or shorter and with Clayton out at 12/1, he looks a bet from a value perspective.

Giagos to make statement against Tsarukyan in UFC Fight Night

Jack Fealy (Planet Sport writer)

Christos Giagos is hoping to make it three successive wins when he faces Arman Tsarukyan in a lightweight showdown on Saturday night.

"The Spartan" submitted Sean Soriano back in May and was awarded the performance of the night alongside Charles Oliveira - UFC's current king at 155lbs - pocketing an extra $75,000.

Giagos is priced at 9/2 with Planet Sport Bet. The experienced fighter has entered his best form within UFC, winning four out of his last five bouts - and what a time to do it - with the lightweight division opening up since the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Christos Giagos defeats Sean Soriano during UFC 262 at Toyota Center.
Christos Giagos defeats Sean Soriano during UFC 262 at Toyota Center.

His 24-year-old Armenian opponent Tsarukyan is a promising fighter, ranked No.14 in the world, having only lost two out of 18.

However, he has fought just once in nearly 14 months compared to Giagos - who has been in action twice in 10 months - and inactivity in the octagon could prove a huge factor here.

If he resurrects his younger self and pulls out another tap-out, Giagos will certainly climb up the world rankings and continue his best career run, totaling his overall wins to 20.

Meanwhile in the Championship

Simon Wilkes (Head of publishing, Planet Sport Group)

West Brom have made a solid start to life back in the Championship but have been frustrated in home draws with Millwall (1-1) and Derby (0-0) in their last two games.

Preston have found their goalscoring boots after a slow start, netting nine goals in their last four games, and Albion's 3-4-3 formation is arguably better suited to playing on the road.

So it all adds up to a 2-2 draw, the scoreline Preston came away from Bramall Lane with in midweek, for me - and 12/1 is enough to get my backing.

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