England Can Beat Pakistan In The Second Test
There is a lull in proceedings in football since the Champions League final and before England’s friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica in preparation for the World Cup. Where have the last four’s years gone because it seems like yesterday when England were embarking with optimism on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil? It all went pear shaped back then but the hype machine will soon be in action. ENGLAND will have backers and layers at 16/1 with William Hill to win the World Cup for the second time and the first time away from home.
Cricket fills the gap and it’s the first day of the 2nd Test between England and Pakistan at Headingly. The home team were humbled in little over three days in the first match and Test matches rarely now go the distance of five days. White ball limited overs cricket dominates the sport but the purest form of the game still has its attractions. The format could be reduced to four longer days to make fixtures slightly more akin to T20 and 50 overs matches. ENGLAND may not need the full quota of days to beat Pakistan and that outcome is 8/13 with Ladbrokes.
There are matches in the rugby league Challenge Cup which reminds me of a trick question from the past. Who played at the FA Cup final at Wembley and the Challenge Cup final a week later? The band! Leigh are away at Leeds in the televised match and look good things to win receiving 14 POINTS at 11/10 with Coral.
Traditionally the Derby took place on the first Wednesday in June at the start of a four day Epsom meeting. The track was surrounded by open top double decker buses on the infield and there were huge crowds in the enclosures and at the fun fair. The meeting has been truncated to two days and the Derby is now a Saturday event. Its Oaks day at Epsom on a card that also features the Group 1 Coronation Cup in which Cracksman cannot get beat. WILD ILLUSION is a worthy favourite for the Oaks so the horse should be backed to win the fillies’ Classic over one and a half miles at 5/2 with Paddy Power.