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Five Steps to Heaven: because the night is darkest just before the dawn

Looking for five more bets to lose your money on this weekend? We’re your only men – and proud of it.

HERE AT THESCORE, we’re not the type to dwell on our shortcomings – which is just as well because last Friday’s Five Steps to Heaven wasn’t exactly our best effort to date.

Thankfully, there are only seven days in the week so we didn’t have to wait for too long before it was time to give it another shot. After all, what was it that Sammy Beckett once said? Something about failing, trying again and failing better …

Here are this week’s five.

1. Over the last few weeks, we’ve learned to take note of the horses which our racing guru Mark Hobbs is napping. We reckon he must be about 10 points in profit over the last few months which is certainly better than this column’s return.

In Mark your Card this morning, he went for First Lieutenant (15/8) in this evening’s Novice Hurdle at Punchestown. Who are we to argue really?

2. If you’ve been following our NBA Playoff column over the last few days, you’ll know that the LA Lakers are currently 2-0 down in their best-of-seven series against the Dallas Mavericks.

Now, I don’t know much about basketball, but I know that the chances of the defending champions losing three games in a row are pretty slim. Back the Lakers tonight at 6/5.

3. The last round of games in the Magners League take place tonight and we’ve decided to go for a somewhat unorthodox choice.

Neither Edinburgh nor Treviso have been particularly impressive this season but, over the last few weeks, the Scottish club seem to have found that little bit of form which has been eluding tonight’s opponents.

It’s a risk (what isn’t?) but we’ll go with Edinburgh (+4) at 10/11.

4. The man whom many regard as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao, returns to the ring tomorrow night when he takes on “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

Mosley is no dope, but he’s no Pacquiao either. Add in Manny to win by KO or TKO at 4/6.

5. The destination of this year’s Premier League title will probably be decided at Old Trafford on Sunday when Manchester United take on Chelsea.

We’ve thought about this one a lot and we can’t choose between the two sides. Back the draw at 9/4 (and join Adrian for the liveblog on Sunday afternoon to see how we get on).

Stake: €10

Returns: €654.06