Two Derbies And Last 16 World Cup Ties
It’s Derby Day at the Curragh and Newcastle and the first two ties in the round of the last 16 in the World Cup. Saxon Warrior and Withhold have winning chances in the Irish Derby and the Pitman’s Derby otherwise known as the Northumberland Plate. The two favourites should oblige in the big races (the DOUBLE pays 8/1 with Betfair) but the outsiders in the World Cup matches represent the value at the start of the knockout stage. Saxon Warrior was a disappointment in the Derby and Withhold landed a major gambling coup in the Cesarewitch last year and Argentina and Portugal are the teams to back in the football today.
Argentina have met France in four internationals and have not failed to win. In the group stages Argentina left things late while France secured progress to the knockout rounds after two matches. The South Americans ended their third fixture against Nigeria on a huge high while France’s match against Denmark was a damp squib and the only goalless draw in the World Cup so far. Argentina are moving in one direction and France are moving in the other. At this stage of the World Cup their worlds may coincide but ARGENTINA can qualify and that outcome is 5/4 with William Hill.
Portugal won the Euro 2016 on the back of a solid defence and despite Cristiano Ronaldo going off injured in the early stages of the final against France. He has certainly won the GOAT (greatest of all time) argument with Lionel Messi and has scored four goals in this World Cup. He is just one of four players to have scored in four World Cups and could well make that five in Qatar in 2022. Ronaldo’s immediate priority is to help his country beat Uruguay today. PORTUGAL have been beaten once in 15 fixtures and a win in 90 minutes today is 9/5 with Ladbrokes.