It’s debatable how many Europa League Arsene Wenger would swap for another Premier League title and you almost feel he is affronted to be working on a Thursday night. In his world that’s the time you are recovering from a match in the Champions League earlier in the week. Arsenal always qualify for the most prestigious team competition in the world and it must be a massive culture shock to be playing in the poor relation but needs must and tonight they are away against Cologne.
The German side have lost 13 of their last 17 matches and Arsenal are on a high after beating Tottenham in the north London derby. In the past Wenger has played the second string in Europa League matches so any betting has to be considered in the context of which version takes the field. Statistically the odds of both teams scoring in this match is about one in three which makes the 15/13 with Ladbrokes for both teams not to score the standout bet in this match.
Atalanta require one point to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League and they can achieve that objective away at Everton in the competition tonight. Everton are already out so for them this is a dead rubber. Their campaign in Europe has been abysmal this season and there is nothing at stake tonight but pride. Atalanta have drawn four of their last seven fixtures on the road which means the DRAW at 5/2 with Betfair is the bet at Goodison Park tonight.
The first day of a Test match is not about scoring runs but staying at the crease. When Alistair Cook went cheaply on the first morning of the Ashes series Australia quickly took charge. England dug in and are in a stable position towards the end of the first day. The pitch has very little in it so even at this early stage a feasible outcome of the match is the DRAW and you can back that option at 4/1 with William Hill.
There is a decent handicap on the All Weather at Newcastle today (2.20pm) and a chance to double your money by backing the favourite. Master Singer has raced twice on an artificial surface and has won both races. The horse’s form on turf is not quite so good and there is a five pound hike in the weights to deal with today. However, that is manageable so MASTER SINGER should be backed at Evens with William Hill.