Stalemate Likely In First Test
The domestic football season is not quite over because the Champions League final is being played on Saturday. The match between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev coincides with the third day of the First Test that brings together England and Pakistan at Lord’s which starts today. The fixture matches two out of form Test teams because England have lost six of their last 10 five day matches while Pakistan have not won any of their last seven fixtures in the longest form of the game. In 16 series England have avoided defeat in each match just once but there are only two Test matches in the series against Pakistan. The pitch is good for batting and the weather will not favour the bowling so the bet is the DRAW at 4/1 with William Hill.
Today’s other main betting action is the Super League fixture between the home side in Castleford and St Helens. The teams met in the Challenge Cup on the same ground just 12 days ago and St Helens won that match 36-18. Both teams recorded victories over the Magic Weekend but Castleford were more impressive. Ste Helens have won 14 of their last 16 fixtures and they have benefitted from a settled team. Castleford are weakened by the absence of some key players and are fifth in the table after finishing first in 2017. Therefore, ST HELENS should be backed at 4/7 with Ladbrokes.
WEEKENDER Is Progressive And Looks A Decent Bet
Sandown stages the best evening meeting of the Flat season and ITV4 are showing four races which is the first time a night fixture has been on terrestrial television. The prize fund of £233,000 is better than the principle meeting on many Saturdays and some high class horses have been attracted. The two Group 3 contests at 7.35 and 8.10 are the richest races at the fixture. Poet’s Word cannot be opposed in the later race but is odds-on. Magic Circle won the Chester Cup just 13 days ago and Montaly is rated to run a big race. However, WEEKENDER is progressive and looks a decent bet at 9/4 with Coral to win this race.