All the dress rehearsals are over but will it be alright on the night? The biggest sporting event in the world begins in just five days and the World Cup is going to be a betting bonanza. In four years there have been several innovations and the Cash Out facility during live matches is the most significant. It allows us to close a bet before the action is over to guarantee a profit or minimise a loss.
All 64 matches in the 2018 World Cup are being shown on ITV or BBC and the in-play betting opportunities will be huge. However, there could be more ante-post football betting from now until next Thursday than the whole of the last year. The World Cup is always won by an elite nation and the most successful is BRAZIL who are 4/1 with William Hill to win the World Cup for the sixth time.
Tennis fans can bet on the women’s final of the French Open. Rafael Nadal will win the men’s title for the 11th time tomorrow but the women’s event is more difficult to call. Simona Halep has never won a Grand Slam title and she might have to wait a bit longer to win one of the four championships that matter most. She should be a marginal favourite so SLOANE STEPHENS must be backed at 2/1 with Boylesports to win the French Open today.
Today’s racing in Britain combines quantity with quality. Three of the six Flat meetings offer over £150,000 in prize money and races from these fixtures are live on ITV4. The most lucrative card is at Haydock which features two Group 3 contests. The Pinnacle Stakes over one mile and four furlongs for fillies and mares (2.50pm) is a good opportunity for GOD GIVEN who is a leading contender at her best and the horse can be backed to win this race at 7/4 with bet365.