Lets Not Be Turnips Against The Swedes!
Without wishing to express national stereotypes lets hope whereas Colombia played like desperate drugs barons Sweden are more peaceful and would prefer to sing Abba songs than provoke conflict. Whatever transpires on Saturday the World Cup quarter final is England’s Waterloo. The Three Lions are 9/20 to qualify for the last four but history suggests there could be a different result. England and Sweden have met in eight competitive matches and England have won just once so the DRAW in 90 minutes looks the bet at 23/10 with Betfair. If the tie goes to penalties everything will be fine. Harry Kane is now a big favourite to win the Golden Boot.
It’s the second blank day between the last 16 matches and quarter-finals of the World Cup. Now is the time to turn our attention to a small tennis tournament taking place just outside London. The 1988 FA Cup winners and venue for the greyhound Derby for several years are clues. Wimbledon is a week later this year and that is music to the ears of Rafael Nadal. He has had seven days longer to adjust from the clay courts at the French Open to the grass of Wimbledon. NADAL is the world number one and he can confirm that status by winning the Wimbledon Championships for the second time and that outcome is 6/1 with Ladbrokes.
Middlesex host Surrey in the T20 Blast and Hull visit Huddersfield in the Super League in the other betting highlights of the day to fill the World Cup void. Now is not the time for cynicism and it has been a wonderful tournament with loads of brilliant matches. There has been just one goalless draw and something of interest in virtually every fixture. For England it’s still a long way to Moscow but for racing punters it’s not a long way to Tipperary. The track in Ireland stages a lucrative Grade 3 hurdle this evening (8pm) and the class act is Wicklow Brave. However, SHARJAH offers better value and is the horse to back at 6/1 with William Hill.