England now have their backs to the wall and are unlikely to overcome the Brisbane hoodoo because Australia are in the driving seat in the First Test. Honours were just about even after the first innings but England lost both openers late in the day and now must dig in during day four. The expected weather delays have not transpired so the draw has been taken out of the equation. The heart may disagree but the head says the only logical bet is AUSTRALIA at 2/5 with William Hill.
The two nations are not only embroiled in an Ashes series they will also meet in the final of the Rugby League World Cup. Sadly the Aussies are big favourites to win this one as well. Australia beat Fiji 54-6 in their semi-final while England beat Tonga 20-18. In early betting Australia are 1/7 to win the World Cup which equates to a handicap of about 15 points in 80 minutes of play. It could be double delight for Australia because they are on course to beat England in cricket and rugby league.
Man Utd & Tottenham Banker Bets
There is no early live TV match in the Premier League today but the 5.30pm fixture between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield is being televised. That leaves five traditional 3pm kick-offs and the Man Utd (v Brighton) and Tottenham (v West Brom) home banker double pays 1/2. Any investment that returns 50% in less than two hours is worth considering but bookies love taking these bets all day.
The other three home teams are odds-against to win their matches but chances are at least one will not deliver. The upset could be WATFORD at 5/2 with Ladbrokes to beat Newcastle at St James’ Park or whatever their stadium is called these days. It is the seventh largest football stadium in England and the fans may have to witness a home defeat today. Watford have scored two goals or more in 10 of 13 fixtures this season and Newcastle have lost three league matches on the bounce.
It’s All About Cue Card
In racing it’s all about CUE CARD in the Betfair Chase at Haydock. The horse can win the race for the fourth time to match Kauto Star’s record in the third biggest conditions chase of the season after the King George and Gold Cup.