In May when Brazil played Croatia in a friendly international at Anfield Neymar came on for the second half and changed the game. Brazil were easily the better team and very few spectators present envisaged that Croatia would go much further in the World Cup. Neymar scored the first goal and Roberto Firmino clinched a 2-0 win at the ground where he plays domestic football. The two scorers are playing at Anfield again tonight but on opposite sides. Liverpool host Paris St-Germain on match day one in the Champions League. Their six home games in the competition last season saw 24 goals. LIVERPOOL AND BTTS is 12/5 with Ladbrokes as they embark on a season in Europe that could culminate with them winning the Champions League.
Tottenham begin their campaign in one of the new 5.55pm slots. Kick-off times will be staggered this season so that on any match night there are two fixtures at this time and the other six will begin at 20.00 GMT. No Premier League team will have a home match starting at the earlier time. Tottenham are away at Inter Milan this evening but they have not recorded a win in their last five away competitive matches against teams from Italy. Inter are suffering from a lack of form and several players will be absent due to injury. Tottenham are trying to avoid losing three matches in succession for the first time during the Mauricio Pochettino era which began in 2014. TOTTENHAM can win this match and that outcome is 13/8 with Betfair.
There are four Flat meetings in Britain today and one fixture on the level in Ireland. October is a huge month for Flat racing with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp and Champions Day at Ascot. The Breeders’ Cup takes place in November and there could be plenty of runners from these parts, including Laurens in the fillies and mares turf race. The Galway Festival in the summer is huge but today’s meeting will be more low key. The most lucrative race is the listed contest for fillies and mares over one mile and four furlongs at 5.15. PRINCESS YAIZA has the rating and form to win the race and the best odds are 11/4.