Wales Look Vulnerable To Striking Partnership
The tedium of the international friendlies continues this week with two matches involving British teams that bring together qualifiers and teams that won’t be playing in Russia this year. England meet Italy at Wembley and the visitors are missing their first finals after playing in 15 successive tournaments. Uruguay will be a test for Wales but the two nations can’t meet in a competitive match for at least four years. Wales did not qualify for the Word Cup and can only have opposition from South America in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Premier League has been put on hold for these matches.
It’s one thing to have shooting practice against China who Wales beat 6-0 at the end of last week. It was Ryan Giggs’ first match as the manager and Gareth Bale broke Ian Rush’s scoring record for Wales. Uruguay are a different kettle of fish and in Luis Suarez Wales have a player to cause them problems and Edinson Cavani is also half decent. Uruguay are managed by the most experienced manager in world football while Wales have a rookie in charge. Managerial and striking nous make URUGUAY a good bet at 21/10 with William Hill.
The racing over the early part of the week is ordinary but then it’s the All-Weather Championships at Lingfield on Good Friday. The day used to be one of the few blank ones in the calendar but now the finals are well established and attract a bumper crowd to Lingfield. If the racing is interesting and competitive the crowds will come out on any day of the week and year. Good Friday is a day off work for most people and you can respect the religious significance but still provide family entertainment in a location near large areas of population.
The week begins with three jumps meetings and nothing on the All-Weather. The trials and qualifying races for the finals have taken place but it’s more about quantity than quality today. It’s that lull in the National Hunt season between the Cheltenham Festival and Grand National meeting. The principle and riches fixture is at Taunton where the handicap chase at 4.30 offers a decent prize. MUFFINS FOR TEA has the ratings and potential for improvement to be the tip at 3/1 with Ladbrokes.