West Ham Can Beat Brighton Tonight
Whether you like it or not Friday night Premier League football is here to stay and there is even talk of live matches on Sunday evenings. The amount of televised action has surely reached saturation point but the broadcasters would say they are supplying live fixtures to meet demand. He who pays the piper plays the tune and the Premier League is awash with television money but the next rights deal could see a drop in income for the first time. It will be interesting to see the viewing figures for tonight’s match at Brighton when West Ham are the opposition. Brighton have not conceded in just two of their last 24 matches in the Premier League and WEST HAM are on a good run of form. An away win can be backed at 19/10 with Betfair.
Wigan host Castleford in the semi-final of the Super League with a place against Warrington in the Grand Final at Old Trafford on the line. After the Super 8s the home team had five more points than the visitors but a superior point’s difference of 138. Over 30 matches the average ascendancy is 4.6 points and home advantage is worth 6. That means the handicap should be 11 points but the line has been set at 4. Wigan have just recorded eight wins in a row and all six semi-finals under the current format have been won by the team playing at home. The average winning advantage has been 8 points. The obvious conclusion is that the bet for tonight’s fixture is WIGAN -4 at Evens with Ladbrokes.
The Class 1 Noel Murless Stakes over six furlongs at Ascot (3.35) is the richest race of the day. It’s a bit of an hor d’oeuvre before a decent Saturday card and the Arc the following day at Longchamp. The draw for Europe’s richest race has done no favours for second favourite Sea Of Class. Enable has a great chance to win the race again from stall six and is now a bigger favourite. Today’s Ascot feature can see the progressive GHOSTWATCH graduate from handicap company to win the listed race and that result can be backed at 2/1 with William Hill.