There are no British teams in World Cup qualifying action today which means more media coverage of the Grand Final in rugby league. The occasion at the Old Trafford football stadium near the Lancashire cricket ground is am all-Yorkshire fixture between Castleford and Leeds. The former team had 10 points in hand over their opponents at the end of the regular season and Super 8s.
Castleford have never won the Grand Final or qualified for the match but Leeds are seven time winners which is a record and have been runners-up twice. Castleford were the better team over the league schedule and maintained their form in the post-season. Only four teams have won the Grand Final since it was first played in 1998 so CASTLEFORD can become the fifth team on the roll on honour by beating Leeds today. The best odds are 7/10 with Betfair.
Holland finished 3rd in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and were the losing finalists in 2010. However, they did not qualify for Euro 2016 and the look like missing out today. The requirement is a win in Belarus and hope other results go their way. The class in their team should see HOLLAND (2/9 with William Hill) pick up three points against Belarus. Belgium have already qualified and have the players to beat Bosnia on the road even though Romelu Lukaku is absent.
PERSUASIVE has a favourite’s chance in the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket but the best bet of the day is Waldgeist at Ascot (2.25pm). The horse finished second in the French Derby and fourth in the Irish version and that is form from the top drawer. Today it’s a Group 3 contest so WALDGEIST is taking a drop in class. Even at 8/11 with Ladbrokes about even money the horse must be backed and is the banker bet in Britain today.