Can England Win The World Cup?
England are playing Tunisia in their first match in the World Cup and this is an opportunity to score some goals and hit the ground running. In the past with relatively weak opponents in the first match England have stumbled to a narrow win or draw. The tone is then set and when there are tougher matches the team fall short. The manager justifies a poor performance in the opening fixture by saying the team did not lose.
Surely, with Tunisia and Panama to deal with it’s a chance to make a statement. Score some goals, get the country behind the team and move on. Typically, the group phase is like extracting teeth and as soon as England play anyone decent it all goes wrong. There are no expectations this time and ENGLAND are 18/1 with bet365 to win the 2018 World Cup.
Thursday used to be Europa League night but the final of this year\s competition was last night when Atletico Madrid won the trophy for the third time. That leaves the FA Cup and Champions League finals before the focus turns to the World Cup. At least you can bet on the League 2 playoff semi-final second leg between Exeter and Lincoln. Exeter were unbeaten in their last 15 home matches and secured a draw in the first match. Any kind of win will see them progress to the final and EXETER are the team to back to win the match in 90 minutes at 9/5 with Coral.
The Dante Stakes at York is now established as one of the most significant trials for the Derby. An impressive winner of the race often becomes the favourite for the most prestigious Flat race in the world. That will be almost impossible this year because Saxon Warrior looks home and hosed and connections are talking about the Triple Crown. Nijinsky in 1970 was the last horse to win the Guineas, Derby and St Leger in the same season and Saxon Warrior has the attributes to emulate that horse. ROARING LION has been slightly disappointing this season but can get back into the Derby picture by winning the Dante today at 5/2 with Ladbrokes.