Where Would You Rather Be Today?
The Cheltenham Festival is one the great sporting occasions and race fans would rather be there in March than just about any other sporting occasion. It’s the culmination of the jumps season and features championship races over hurdles and fences and a variety of distances. The three day November meeting is the second most well attended of the year and yesterday’s attendance was a record for the Friday.
The crowd for today’s card will be verging on festival proportions and the biggest race of the day is the BetVictor Gold Cup. Appropriately there is a horse called RATHER BE that has the form and potential to win the race. The Nicky Henderson runner has been backed and is now 5/1 with Paddy Power to win the race.
England play Croatia tomorrow in their Nations League decider at Wembley less than three days after the reserves and a guest in Wayne Rooney beat the United States in a glorified training match. There are seven matches in the Nations League today and the Sky “Main Event” is Scotland’s game in Albania in League C.
Scotland are 20 places above their opponents in the FIFA rankings but have lost seven of their last nine matches. The visitors could win the group or be relegated into the second tier of the league. The football so far has been mundane so putting the game on the main event channel is a misnomer. The four matches in the group have produced eight goals and only one has featured over two so the bet is UNDER 2.5 GOALS at 1/2 with bet365.
The autumn rugby union internationals continue with England’s home match against Japan at Twickenham. The second string look like starting the match but as we saw in England’s 3-0 over the United States the reserves can still be good enough against visitors from another continent who are not totally motivated and up for the game. Japan are the World Cup hosts next year so will be more motivated and the handicap line looks too big. JAPAN +32 is the bet at Evens with Ladbrokes.