Gareth Bale is not going and it’s feasible that Cristiano Ronaldo and/or Lionel Messi will not be playing in the World Cup finals next summer. Portugal must beat Switzerland at home to qualify automatically while Argentina have a tough match at altitude away to Ecuador in a must-win fixture. Class should tell in the final reckoning and both sides can pick up three points and the double on PORTUGAL and ARGENTINA pays 6/5 with Ladbrokes England are the only home nation through to the finals, Northern Ireland are in the playoffs but Wales and Scotland are out.
Brazil are the only South American country to have won the World Cup outside there own continent. Every World Cup in Europe has been won by a European nation except in 1958 when Brazil won the tournament in Sweden with a valuable contribution from a 17-year-old called Pele! BELGIUM are a side full of Premier League talent…and Marouane Fellaini. Its all coming together for the Red Devils who are the ante post tip to win the 2018 World Cup at 16/1 with Paddy Power.
It’s a little known fact that there have six completed T20 internationals in India during the month of October and the team batting first have not prevailed in any of those fixtures. The chasing side have an advantage so betting on the match between India and Australia should be avoided before the toss. On the basis of that being a 50/50 outcome the value bet must be AUSTRALIA to win the match at 6/4 with Coral.
There is pretty moderate horse racing in Britain today with lots of ordinary Flat races and average sport at Newcastle on the All Weather tonight. The richest card in Britain and Ireland is at Galway where a decent animal is odds-on to win the opener. Poli Roi is a point-to-point winner who showed decent form in bumpers last season. The horse ran respectably in the Champion Bumper at Punchestown and that is the best form on offer. POLI ROI can justify favouritism and can be backed at 4/9 with William Hill.