United Can Draw In Turin Tonight
Apparently Manchester United have 659 million online followers which isn’t bad for the club everybody is supposed to love to hate. The vast majority of those have never been near Old Trafford and enjoyed the delights of Streford. A tiny proportion of that fan base will be in Turin tonight to see United’s Champions League fixture against Juventus, the Old Lady of Italian football. The club also have fans around the world and in Italy they are either loved or hated, just like United in England.
Even in the internet and social media age its still results on the field that matter most so which group of fans around the world will be celebrating most? As one of those 659 million fans the heart says United but the head can’t get away from Juventus. The Italian champions are unbeaten in their last nine matches against teams from the Premier League. A point for Juventus takes them through to the last 16 and there is no benefit from finishing first or second in the group. Everybody can be happy with a DRAW and that outcome is 3/1 with Betfair.
The champions of England play the champions of Ukraine at home in the Champions League tonight. Manchester City meet Shakhtar Donetsk and bookmakers can only see one result which is a home win. City lost to Lyon at the Etihad Stadium on match day 1 but have since won two matches, including by three goals without reply in the reverse match in the Ukraine. Recent form suggests a City win by a wide margin.
The home team have the squad and resources not to miss the quality of Kevin de Bruyne who will be absent for six weeks following a new injury. City’s last six matches in the Champions League have all produced three goals and Shakhtar have lost six of their last seven fixtures in England. Correct score betting is fraught with danger but 3-0 TO MANCHESTER CITY is 11/2 with Ladbrokes.
The racing today in Britain and Ireland today is more about quantity than quality. We are embarking on that part of the season when there is a major jumps race every Saturday but the midweek fare can be average. On the Flat Nottingham honours the wife of the late Sir Henry Cecil with a Class 2 handicap over five furlongs (2.15). GRACIOUS JOHN won the same race in 2016 off nine pounds higher and the horse is 14/1 with William Hill to prevail again today.