The best player on the pitch in the World Cup playoffs match between Denmark and Ireland is Christian Eriksson. If you think he looks good playing for Tottenham he has been a world beater in Denmark’s progress to this elimination tie. Individually DENMARK are the better team but that does not always equate to win a over a better collective unit but in this case Erikson can make the difference and lead his country to a first leg win at 7/10 with Coral.
Due to the occasion these matches are usually tight. The first two playoff fixtures have each had just one goal. Eight of Ireland’s last nine competitive matches have produced less than three goals and a goal fest is not on the cards in Copenhagen. A 1-0 defeat would not be a disaster for the Irish, a goalless draw would be a massive result so the bet is under 2.5 goals at 4/9 with Sun Bets. If you really want to guild the lily you can back ERIKSON to score anytime at 11/4 with William Hill.
The Grand National meeting at Aintree is second only to the Cheltenham Festival as the best jumps fixture of the season. The track races today and its very moderate fare except one race in which two runners are destined barring injury to run at the National Hunt occasion that matters most. At Aintree today (2.50pm) Unowhatimeanharry can get the better of Top Notch in a hurdle. The distance suits the latter but UNOWHATIMEANHARRY has the class to prevail at 11/10 with Coral.
Modus is odds-on to win at Wincanton (2.25pm) in a novices’ chase and in theory is a horse to avoid. However, he is the best horse in the race on hurdles form and has the best rating by some distance in that discipline. Past results do not always equate when a horse embarks on a chasing career but in this case MODUS has too much in hand on ratings not to be backed at 4/7 with William Hill.