Spain Sack Manager But Can Still Win The World Cup
The hosts for the 2026 World Cup have been announced and it was a successful joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States and the manager of Spain was sacked yesterday. The action on the field finally begins in the 2018 World Cup with the hosts Russia playing Saudi Arabia in a Group A fixture in Moscow. The rights and wrongs of playing the tournament in Russia can be put aside because it’s now about the football and seeing the best players in the world perform on the biggest stage. SPAIN are fancied in some quarters but they are now 13/2 with Ladbrokes to win this World Cup. They won the tournament in South Africa in 2010.
There have been 21 World Cups and in all but one tournament the hosts have progressed beyond the first stage. Russia are the lowest ranked team playing in their own tournament and not in good form. However, the FIFA world ranking has been influenced by friendlies against tough opposition and Russia are better than the standings would suggest. They have been given a winnable first match against a team but who have won just three of their last 15 meetings with opponents from Europe. Saudi Arabia are struggling defensively so Russia should get through them at least once without reply. Out first match tip of the World Cup is RUSSIA -1 at 6/5 with William Hill.
Outside the bubble of the World Cup and 64 live matches in just over four weeks there is plenty of racing action in the UK today, including a Flat meeting at Newbury. The listed race for fillies over one mile and two furlongs at 2.55pm is the most lucrative race of the day. Several of the runners are being targeted at races at a higher level and this is a decent contest. On ratings and form there is only winner and a horse with entries in Group 1 races later in the season. SEA OF CLASS has won over the course and distance and looks like the horse to back at 4/9 with Paddy Power.