Cristiano Ronaldo is taking a break from international football because he has other things on his mind and Charlie Mulgrew is a major doubt for Scotland for their Nations League match against Portugal at Hampden Park. Portugal have shown they are not totally reliant on Ronaldo but can Scotland get by without Mulgrew? It seems ridiculous to be talking about qualification scenarios in the UEFA Nations League but three points today are more important for Scotland. However, there is no universe in which you would back the home team and their opponents are not a one man outfit. Mulgrew is Scotland’s most experienced defender so PORTUGAL must be backed to win this fixture at 19/20.
The British Masters must find a new sponsor in the next week or it could disappear from the European Tour schedule. Sky Sports are the current title backers and the most recent four renewals have been hosted by English golfers who have played in the Ryder Cup. It seems strange that an event with so much going for it cannot attract a major sponsor. Today’s fourth round throws up some betting opportunities. Lucas Bjerragaard is a player in form but MATT WALLACE has the game to beat him over 18 holes and that outcome is 10//11 with bet365.
Too Darn Hot was brilliant at Newmarket yesterday and the Dewhurst Stakes winner is now the favourite for next year’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby. The horse is owned by Andrew Lloyd-Webber and is wife and is good enough to justify a song and dance but jockey Frankie Dettori will have to compose himself for the 2019 colt’s Classics . After the Lord Mayor’s Show DOUBLE TREASURE looks overpriced at 14/1 with Ladbrokes to win the Grade 2 novices’ hurdle at Chepstow (3.25).