LAST month, Dunfermline secured a victory at home to Greenock Morton that propelled them into the thick of the play-off race. A few weeks later, the Pars head to Cappielow in a reverse fixture on the back of four straight defeats that have sent them spiralling into fifth place and in danger of dropping out of contention.

Victory is a must and the bookmakers are a best price 6/5 (Unibet) that the Pars secure the three points; the Ton are 21/10 and a draw 13/5 (Bet365).

A struggling team versus an out of form one is not usually a recipe for lumping the hard-earned money on but the Pars can return to winning ways. Prediction: Greenock Morton 1 Dunfermline 2.

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s decision not to take part in the Masters has meant that 16 of the top 17 snooker players in the world are competing for the crown at the Alexandra Palace. The tournament starts on Sunday and BBC2 plus their Red Button platform supply the coverage.

Prices for the players are as follows (each way terms are typically ½ odds 1,2 place): Judd Trump 13/5 (Betfair Sportsbook), Neil Robertson 9/2, Mark Selby 7/1, Mark Allen 11/1, Ding Junhui 12/1, John Higgins 14/1 (Unibet), Kyren Wilson 20/1, Shaun Murphy 20/1, Stuart Bingham 22/1 (Betfred), Mark Williams 25/1, Barry Hawkins 33/1 (Ladbrokes), Jack Lisowski 35/1 (Bet365), David Gilbert 40/1 (Skybet/Boylesports), Stephen Maguire 45/1, Ali Carter 80/1, Joe Perry 100/1.

The NFL is effectively at the quarter-final stage with the divisional round taking place this weekend. The four home teams did not have to play last week and are all heavily favoured to progress. Sky Sports will provide live coverage for all the games. The best outright, point spread (handicap) and total points odds together with a prediction for each match is as follows (note that a tie on the handicap eg San Francisco winning by seven points results in a ‘push’ and stakes will be returned):

Saturday 9.35pm – San Francisco versus Minnesota: San Francisco 3/10, Minnesota 27/10 (Skybet/Unibet); San Francisco -7 20/21 (Bet365/Hills), Minnesota +7 10/11; Over 44.5 points 10/11, Under 45 10/11. Prediction: San Francisco 23 Minnesota 20.

Sunday 1.15am – Baltimore versus Tennessee: Baltimore 1/4, Tennessee 7/2; Baltimore -8.5 10/11 (Betfair Sportsbook), Tennessee +9.5 10/11; Over 46.5 Points 10/11 (Betfair Sportsbook), Under 47 10/11. Prediction: Baltimore 31 Tennessee 21.

Sunday 8.05pm – Kansas versus Houston: Kansas 4/17 (Bet365), Houston 18/5 (Hills); Kansas -9 10/11 (Ladbrokes), Houston +9.5 10/11; Over 50.5 Points 10/11 (Unibet), Under 51.5 10/11 (Skybet). Prediction: Kansas 34 Houston 17.

Sunday 11.40pm – Green Bay versus Seattle: Green Bay 8/15 (Skybet), Seattle 7/4 (Hills); Green Bay -3.5 10/11 (Skybet); Seattle +4 10/11; Over 46 Points 10/11 (Unibet), Under 47.5 10/11 (Ladbrokes). Prediction: Green Bay 20 Seattle 17.