Russia And Egypt Could Produce The Draw
Russia made a great start to their World Cup with a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia while Egypt lost to nil to Uruguay. On that basis any sensible punter would be all over the hosts to pick up three points when the teams meet today and be the first team to qualify for the last 16. However, the bare facts do not tell the full story. Saudi Arabia are one of the weakest teams in the tournament and it was a late goal that clinched the win for Uruguay against an Egypt side that did not risk Mo Salah at any stage. There is unlikely to be a complete turnaround in form but Egypt can secure a DRAW and that outcome is 11/5 with Betfair.
Poland played 10 games in qualifying and not one of those fixtures produced less than three goals. When statistically only one in five matches at this level see three goals or more that must be the statistic of the day. However, it doesn’t help in trying to identify the team most likely to win the match between Poland and Senegal. Poland are vulnerable at the back but their best player, Robert Lewandowski, was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season. He has failed to deliver at the last two European Championships. Despite the temptation to tip more than three goals the bet is LEWANDOWSKI to score at any time at 11/10 with Ladbrokes.
Colombia look like the bankers of the three favourites to win their match against Japan today. The underdogs have not prevented the opposition from scoring in their last 13 matches. Four South American teams have played in this World Cup so far and none have done anything special which means Europe is a stronger favourite to be the winning continent. James Rodrigeuz will be fit to play and that confirms the belief that COLOMBIA are the team to back at 7/10 with Coral.
I’m not sure if the Queen is interested in all this football nonsense but today she begins her favourite week of the year because it’s the first card of the Royal Ascot meeting. There is no standout banker on the first day and the feature St James’s Palace Stakes (4.20pm) looks an open contest. WITHOUT PAROLE is more about potential than proven form but the horse can give Frankie Dettori a winner at his favourite meeting and the best odds are 3/1 with William Hill.