There is a raft of Word Cup qualifiers this week including England’s inevitable win against Slovenia on Thursday at Wembley. England always win matches of this nature without racking up a cricket score and qualify for major tournaments with ease. Once the serious action begins things go pear-shaped especially with civil servants managing the team. Gareth Southgate can direct his national team to beat Slovenia 2-0 and that outcome can be backed at 19/4 with Ladbrokes, but not win the World Cup.
Due to the international break there are no fixtures in the Premier League or Champions League this week. In fact there are no matches live on TV this evening which is as rare as England excelling at a major tournament. Fear not though because there is a healthy schedule of fixtures in FA Cup qualifying and the England EFL Trophy. The latter brings together sides from outside the top two divisions and under 21 representatives from the bigger clubs. The AFC Wimbledon first team can beat the Tottenham youngsters tonight and that is a standout bet at 6/5 with bet365.
In racing the news is still all about Enable and that wonderful performance in the Arc. It’s a case of after the Lord Mayor’s Show with quantity over quality and six meetings in Britain and Ireland. Despite the debacle of losing the Western Meeting due to a waterlogged area of the track Ayr races today with a card dominated by trappy handicaps. Brandon Castle is clear top rated in the 4pm race and can handle another hike in the weights. The horse has won four of his last five starts and can prevail at 5/4 with William Hill today.
Darts is a hugely popular betting sport and the arenas are always full of fans in fancy dress. The walk-ons set the atmosphere and it all looks a lot of fun. However, the sport does provide many decent betting opportunities and one stands out in the World Grand Prix. Dave Chisnall can cover the handicap of one and a half sets against Robert Thornton and that option is 4/6 with bet365.