England Must Make A Good Start This Time
England have not won their opening match in a major tournament since beating Paraguay in the 2006 World Cup. Months of hype cause optimism and then the country is deflated after a draw or defeat. The pressure becomes more intense to win the second match. England scramble through the group but then face a tough draw. As soon as they encounter decent opponents the failure to start with three points catches up but surely things will be different in Russia this time. England are not exactly in the Group of Death!
England begin their World Cup of 2018 campaign with a match against Tunisia who are the 30th biggest price to lift the trophy. It would be refreshing for a change if England went for a win from the first whistle rather than being more cautious and getting desperate when the first goal does not arrive. The second match against Panama will present a similar standard of opponent’s and then the third match against Belgium should be the group decider. ENGLAND are 5/4 with Ladbrokes to win World Cup Group G.
Golden State beat Cleveland to win the NBA Championship last season and they have met in the finals for the last three years. At the start of the campaign it looked like history was about to repeat itself but at times another NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers was not on the cards. The two stars of the show are Steph Curry for Golden State and LeBron James for Cleveland. Curry’s side have home advantage in the first of the best of 7 series and can start with a win. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS are 10/11 with Betfair to win by more than 12 points.
The waters have been muddied for the Derby because Saturday’s race at Epsom could be run on soft ground. Aidan O’Brien has said that won’t be ideal for all his runners, especially the odds-on favourite Saxon Warrior. However, the second favourite Roaring Lion won’t be suited by give in the ground so neither horse has an advantage on the predicted underfoot conditions. The going is always Standard on the Polytrack at Chelmsford City where there is a decent meeting this evening. MESQUITE is the horse to back in one of the features at 7.40 at 2/1 with bet365.