Can Southport Win The FA Cup?
Harry Kane was the leading scorer in the World Cup and Hugo Lloris was the goalkeeper for the winning team. Eric Dier scored the crucial penalty for England against Colombia and Dele Alli is one the best young players in the Premier Cup. The romance of the FA Cup means if Southport beat Tranmere is their replay at home Tottenham will be visiting their small ground in the third round. Southport are in the bottom half of the sixth tier while their potential opponents are still in the Champions League. Southport are 5,000/1 to win the FA Cup but more realistically TOTTENHAM are 8/1 with William Hill.
There is a full programme of Premier League fixtures over the next two nights and this evening’s live televised match is Manchester City’s fixture at Watford. There is an old saying that you should never back teams playing away from home at odds-on but City are the bankers of the night. The champions have won the last eight meetings with Watford, scoring 27 goals and conceding four. The average winning margin over that run is almost three and City are now at a different level. There is no reason to suggest that average won’t be maintained which means MANCHESTER CITY -2 is the bet at 11/5 with Betfair.
The Mosconi Cup is the Ryder Cup of pool and there is a similar dynamic. The United States traditionally have the most talented team but were beaten 11-4 by Europe in Las Vegas last year. Its an annual not biennial event so the best pool players from Europe and the US are competing at Alexandra Palace in London for the next four days. Many of the visiting players are in form so UNITED STATES are tipped to win the 2018 Mosconi Cup at 12/5.
There is an All-Weather meeting at Lingfield today and the best race is the Class 2 handicap over five furlongs at 2.20. Tomily has the best Racing Post Ratings and comes out on top on statistical trends. The horse has a good draw but recent runs do not bode well. VERNE CASTLE has not got a good draw but the horse is suited to the Polytrack at Lingfield so is the each way nap at 16/1 with Paddy Power.