There is a song with the words if you’re Irish come into the parlour but for the purposes of this article we’ll replace the word parlour with party. Northern Ireland might miss out on the biggest party in sport next summer. Every good party needs someone to serve the drinks so it’s apt that thee is a horse called Barman running today and a win is on the cards.
Northern Ireland play Switzerland at home tonight in the first match in their World Cup playoff and the winner of the tie will qualify for the finals in Russia next year. Switzerland are an outstanding team away from home and they have only failed to win one of their last five matches on the road in tournament play. Avoiding defeat will be the objective tonight and that can be achieved with a DRAW which can be backed at 9/4 with Betfair.
The friendly fixture between Scotland and Holland in Aberdeen brings together two sides who ultimately had a miserable time in qualifying. Its cold up there at the height of the summer so going to the match on a dark autumnal night won’t be an attractive proposition. Both nations missed out on qualifying so the football is unlikely to warm up the night but SCOTLAND are the value to win the match at 13/5 with Coral.
Barman must have one of the best names for a racehorse in the sport. However, there is substance to go with the style and the horse could serve a win at Newbury (3.20pm) today. On Racing Post ratings the horse is the best in the race and will benefit from a ten pounds claiming jockey’s allowance. The recent Taunton run is rock solid form at this level so BARMAN is the standout racing bet at 10/3 with BetVictor.
In not qualifying for the World Cup Scotland and Holland were not at the top of the game. In another coincidence there is a horse with that name also running at Newbury today (2.45pm). Having shown decent form in hurdles and won a point-to-point the horse runs in a beginner’s chase and if translating the form TOPOFTHEGAME stands out at 11/10 with Paddy Power.