European Football Comes Home At Burnley
Football might not be coming home but Burnley stages European football for the first time since 1967 tonight. Burnley reached the quarter-final in their two previous campaigns in the sixties but that is a long way off just now. They play Aberdeen at home in the second leg of the second qualifying round of the Europa League. The first match in Scotland was a one-all draw. Teams that finish third in the Champions League groups enter the fray in the round of the last 32. Usually one of those teams becomes the outright favourites but at this stage of the competition BURNLEY can be backed at 100/1 with William Hill to win the Europa League.
Burnley have been in training for a week less than Aberdeen so the fitness of the players will have come on in the last seven days and that should tell in the home leg. Burnley kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and the visitors to Turf Moor did not score in seven fixtures in the league. Aberdeen have avoided defeat in two of their last six away ties in European competitions. Premier League class should tell in this match. Burnley have an away goal up their sleeve and a goalless draw suffices. However, they can take the stress out of the tie with an early goal. The BURNLEY/BURNLEY half time/full time double result is 13/10 with Ladbrokes.
Frankie Dettori was working for ITV at Goodwood yesterday but today he returns to the saddle after a six day ban. The most famous jockey in the world loves the limelight but ultimately his passion and main professional raison d’être is riding horses in big races. Dettori rides Veracious for Sir Michael Stoute in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes (3.35). Horses aged three receive eight pounds from the older generation so Veracious gets this concession. On ratings the horse will struggle to beat Rhododendron who is aged four. It is another three-year-old in WILD ILLUSION who can benefit and win this race and that outcome is 9/2 with Betfair.