If you are thinking of forgoing a Friday night out and about for the football tonight then please be advised that the two friendly internationals are looking like low scoring encounters. England are playing the reserves and there have been just seven goals in Germany’s last five matches. Wales average less than a goal a match over eight fixtures and France are fielding mainly the second string. The double on less than three goals in both matches pays 9/4 with William Hill. These matches are meaningless and have no significance for the World Cup next year.
Anyone who backed the draw in last night’s World Cup playoff between Northern Ireland and Switzerland (e.g. me) will be feeling aggrieved. The referee awarded a penalty to the Swiss when the ball hit the shoulder of one of the Irish lads. On balance Switzerland were the better team and Ireland did not have a shot on target. The second leg in Basel on Saturday should see the home qualify for the World Cup (1/5 with Ladbrokes). At one stage the four British teams looked like qualifying but now only England are there and Northern Ireland are doomed.
Shantou Rock could be the best horse running in Britain today and the one runner who could race at the Cheltenham Festival next March. Backing horses at odds-on in novice chases looks fraught with danger but when a runner has some chase experience the statistics suggest they are good things. SHANTOU ROCK has the best form of the entries today at Warwick (1.50pm) and won his first chase so the 4/9 with Coral is not such a ridiculous price and equates to a 44% return on investment.
Before you settle down to watch the football tonight there is a horse running under lights on the All Weather at Newcastle (7.45pm) that you should back. England and Germany may struggle to hit the target but Arrowzone can score in the north-east tonight. The horse has the best form in the race and won last time out with something to spare so ARROWZONE is a standout racing bet at 6/4 with bet365.