The concept of Monday Night Football was invented by broadcasters of the NFL. One key American Football fixture was taken out of the weekend schedule and played on the first night of the week. The date was purely for live television purposes and Sky Sports took the idea on board. There is no live football match in Britain but Atlanta Falcons are at New England Patriots in the NFL starting at 1.30am UK time early on Tuesday morning. The home side should be backed at 10/17 with William Hill.
The idea is to make the Monday fixture a special occasion and it’s more the coverage than the calibre of the teams that drives audience figures. Sky Sports have covered some ordinary matches on a Monday night and the blockbuster fixtures are usually shown on the Saturday. However, this evening’s NFL meeting brings together the favourites for the Superbowl in the Patriots and opponents who are sixth in the betting. The home side can cover the spread of 3 points (20/23 with Coral).
Monday is traditionally Windsor races day and there is a Flat fixture this afternoon. No race is worth more than £7,250 which means most owners will be running at a loss. Prize money in British racing is abysmal compared to in other racing jurisdictions. Owning a horse is generally a rich man’s hobby but syndication has opened up ownership for less wealthy people. MIKMAK has a low weight and is the banker bet today at Windsor (3.10pm).
Plumpton is small local track near the south coast and it’s a venue where studying trainer and jockey stats is useful. Some horses produce better from at Plumpton than on other tracks and that’s why looking at the numbers is recommended. The top jockey this season is Tom Cannon while the leading trainer is Chris Gordon. They join forces with ROB ROBIN in the 3.30pm race and the horse has the highest Racing Post Rating so must be backed.