Portugal V Spain Looks Like A Draw
The World Cup got of to a great start for the hosts Russia with a 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia. The average number of goals per match in the tournament stands at 5 but that figure will drop after today’s three matches. Russia scored more goals than any other team in an opening fixture and the hosts have not scored as many goals in their first match before. RUSSIA are now 50/1 with William Hill to win their World Cup.
The first match today is Egypt against Uruguay in Group A, which is Russia’s group. This potentially is a clash between Liverpool strikers past and present. Luis Suarez has scored 51 goals in 98 matches for Uruguay and Mo Salah is Egypt’s talisman and best player. Only one of Egypt’s last 32 matches has produced more than three goals. Salah plays and that is a massive positive. However, URUGUAY are strong at both ends of the field and are the bet at 6/10 with Ladbrokes.
Who would have thought that in the middle of June during a working day we would be avidly watching a football match between Morocco and Iran…but that’s the World Cup.? It only comes around once every four years and the three matches a day format at the start of the group stages is one of the attractions. MOROCCO did not concede a goal in six consecutive matches in qualifying are at 13/10 with Betfair to win.
The first blockbuster match of the World Cup brings together Portugal and Spain in the Iberian derby. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored at least one goal in the last three World Cups going back to the 2006 tournament. Spain still have a number of players from the 2010 World Cup win including Andreas Iniesta who has played 127 times for his country. The DRAW would not be a bad result for either side and that outcome is 11/5 with bet365.
It might be hard to believe but there is actually some other sport taking place, including four Flat meetings in Britain and two over jumps. York invests in prize money and even today’s relatively low key fixture has £162,000 up for grabs. The most lucrative race is the fillies’ handicap at 4.40pm. On ratings and form MADE IN INDIA is the horse to back at 5/2 with Paddy Power.