They say every successful football team must be solid in defence. If you don’t concede goals you don’t lose matches. Being secure at the back means front players know if they sneak a goal there is a good chance three points will be in the bag. The top team in the Championship have conceded fewest goals and the team immediately behind them have got the second best defensive record in the league.
That is Derby who have kept eight clean sheets in their last 11 matches. Tonight they play Bristol City at home and that team have let in 12 goals in their last four visits to Pride Park. With Wolves good things to win the league this second versus fifth clash is massive in the context of who claims the second automatic promotion place. Home advantage can be key which means DERBY should be backed at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
If everybody is playing for second place in the Championship it seemed there was a similar situation in the Masters snooker. Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Marco Fu 6-0 in his first match but then lost to Mark Allen in the next round. Shaun Murphy is trying to win the Triple Crown which only 10 players have achieved and comprises winning the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters during their career. With O’Sullivan out Murphy has a great chance to win the three biggest titles in snooker as he already has the World and UK titles on his CV. However, if the dream is to stay alive he must get past a player called Trump today. That’s Judd and not Donald who MURPHY can beat at 6/5 with William Hill.
Whether a horse has had a wind operation may seem irrelevant but from today trainers must inform the regulators a horse has had that procedure when declaring to run. When assessing the relative merits of horses in a race information is paramount but the state of a horse’s wind seems like a lot of hot air. A ‘w’ will indicate that a horse is running for the first time after undergoing surgery for wind. With Musselburgh in doubt the only definite race that qualifies is the Chepstow 3.20pm. ALBEROLLO has undergone an operation of the kind that has a 50% chance of improving a horse’s performance which means the 13/2 with Betfair to win today could be a steal.