Scotland Could Miss Out On Promotion
The UEFA Nations League has proved worth its weight in gold for England but the concept has been a damp squib for Wales and the two Irelands. Things could go either way for Scotland who must beat Israel tonight at Hampden Park to secure promotion. Both sides are on six points but Israel are ahead as they beat Scotland at home in the reverse fixture. On collateral form against Albania the home team should have the edge tonight but the price looks too short to justify a bet. A point is enough for Israel as they can win promotion with a DRAW and that outcome is 13/5 with bet365.
Meanwhile Wales are playing a meaningless friendly in Albania. It’s difficult to understand what can be gained from a difficult journey to play one of the weakest teams in Europe. Ryan Giggs famously developed niggling injuries when Wales played friendlies which always seemed to clear up before Manchester United’s next match. The Wales manager must be grateful that Gareth Bale is available for selection against Albania. Even without their talisman and best player you would fancy WALES to win this fixture and they are 23/20 with Ladbrokes to do just that.
The winners of tonight’s FA Cup first round replay between Oxford and Tranmere play Southport at home in the next round. That tie would seem like an easy route to the potential for a glamour tie in round three but Southport are a team in form and are storming up their league. A trip across (or under) the Mersey is better than a journey to Oxford. Southport should get their preferred outcome because TRANMERE are the team to back to win this tie in 90 minutes at 3/4 with Coral.
The good news is that Enable stays in training and will try to become the first horse to win the Arc three times next October. The bad news is that the racing today is far more mundane with derisory prize money up for grabs over three meetings. There are just 26 runners in total in the six races at Fakenham. DEREK DUVAL looks overpriced at 10/1 with Betfair to win the richest race on the All-Weather card at Lingfield (2.40) where the going yet again is Standard.