A great sporting weekend ahead with F1 swinging back in to action after its summer break. The Belgium GP is one of my favourites as Spa is one of the original speed tracks. It will be a superb spectacle in the forest as always.

We’ll now find out if McLaren and Ferrari really have caught up Red Bull. The jury is still out and Sebastian Vettel (3.6) could easily go off at an attractive price on Sunday. Lewis Hamilton has been heavily backed through the week and though he has a great chance, he’s trading plenty short enough at around 3.7 to back. For value purposes I’ll be with Fernando Alonso at 4.6, though we’ll learn a lot more during qualifying on Saturday.

The card at Goodwood on Saturday doesn’t really set the pulse racing and the Celebration Mile looks a disappointing renewal. Punters will have to be careful after the deluge of rain we’ve had in the South through the day on Friday and the best message I can pass on is for Jeremy Noseda’s Regal Realm in the 2.50. Her two runs to date have been have been rock solid and they think a lot of Regal Realm at home.

I’m looking forward to the start of the one-day series between England and India next week, though hope that the weather improves. An Indian summer would help.

Can the world champions bounce back in the one-day series? Or will England’s winning momentum continue? The series begins next Wednesday live on Sky Sports and I imagine punters on Betdaq will find it hard to split the two teams but the tourists look ready for home to me and I think England will come out on top again.

This weekend I’m heading to present an intriguing Super Sunday from Old Trafford with Gary Neville and Paul Merson as my guests. It’s a long time since Arsenal have been 7.6 on Betdaq to win a League match and they actually don’t have a bad recent record against Manchester United (1.54). Honours are even in the last ten Premier League meetings – four wins each and two draws, though United are unbeaten in the last seven meetings at Old Trafford in all competitions (won six) and have lost just one of the last 12. It’s very hard to oppose Man Utd even at such a short price on Sunday after 16 Premier League wins at home in a row – a record.

Sunderland let us down last weekend and this week I fancy Everton to pick up their first win after they were very unlucky not to beat QPR in their opening fixture. David Moyes and his team are being written off far too early. Everton have won three of the last four meetings with Blackburn and going further back, Everton have lost just two of the last 12 PL meetings (won 6). Everton look a decent bet at 2.4 on the Daq.