Russia Outsiders In Their World Cup
The World Cup hosts should have a genuine chance of winning the tournament and RUSSIA are 50/1 with Ladbrokes to become the world champions in 2018. Purely on football matters it seemed a strange choice and as the World Cup approaches Russia are the second lowest ranked team of the 32 qualifiers. The hosts have lost their last three matches and were beaten 1-0 in their last fixture by Austria who have not qualified for this year’s tournament. A World Cup in which the hosts are eliminated early lacks something and Russia will struggle to get out of the group.
Russia have very little chance of emulating France who are the last nation to win the World Cup in their own country, in 1998. England famously won the World Cup at home in 1966 and Germany were world champions in their own back yard in 1974. Argentina won their own tournament in 1978. Holland were losing finalists in both 1974 and 1978 but they are absent this time. Russia should avoid defeat against Turkey tonight and the DRAW is the best bet at 9/4 with Betfair.
England restored some pride at Test level by beating Pakistan to draw the short series one match each. They are a much better outfit in white ball cricket in which matches are played over a limited number of overs. This form of the game packs out grounds but is debatable whether Old Trafford will be full on this Tuesday even though Yorkshire are in town to play Lancashire in the One-Day Cup. The incentive is all with the visitors because Lancashire can’t qualify for the knockout stages. The White Rose side can still qualify for the semi-finals but need to beat their closest rivals today and a win for YORKSHIRE is 4/6 with William Hill.
There are five meetings in Britain and Ireland today and the prize money is derisory. No race in the UK is worth a five figure sum while in two weeks there is a huge amount of money on offer at Royal Ascot. Racing is healthy at the festival end but the numbers don’t add up for owners at the bread and butter level. The handicap chase at Kilbeggan (8.25pm) is the richest race of the day and JUSTMEMYSELFANDI has the form and ratings to prevail and that outcome is 10/1 with bet365.