Brazil And Germany Will Not Be Going Home Just Yet
Brazil and Germany have won the World Cup nine times in total so it would be the sporting shock of the century if both failed to qualify for the knockout stages this time. A freakish set of results in today’s final fixtures in Group E and F could see the superpowers of South American and European football be on their way home after the group stage. It would be a bigger shock than Leicester winning the Premier League.
Germany are up against South Korea and Brazil face Serbia in the group deciders today and its unthinkable that both don’t win these matches and qualify for the elimination rounds. There have been 40 matches in the World Cup so far and the favourites have won 24 times. The DOUBLE on Germany and Brazil pays 4/5 with William Hill and these two favourites cannot be opposed.
It is the 14th day of matches in the World Cup and all the favourites have won on just two of those days. There has been one goalless draw so far and the stalemate between France and Denmark yesterday was a relief for one bookmaker who offered 40/1 that there would be at least one goal in every match. Exactly half the fixtures have been won to nil and the average number of goals is 2.63 per match.
Mexico are the favourites in the meeting with Sweden and Switzerland are the favourites against Costa Rica. Statistically one of these matches will be a draw but the DOUBLE on two tied matches pays over 9/1 with William Hill. Today the accumulator on the four favourites looks vulnerable even though the two big guns should win. Meanwhile ENGLAND are now fifth in the betting to win the World Cup and that outcome can be backed at 9/1 with Betfair.
In the week after Royal Ascot the racing trundles on but with some decent fare especially at Carlisle. It’s the Northumberland Plate and Irish Derby on Saturday and the respective favourites are Withhold and Saxon Warrior who both look good things. The Carlisle Bell Handicap (3.30pm) is a mile race that has attracted 17 runners so each way bets are settled for four places. VIVE LA DIFFERENCE makes plenty of appeal at 7/1 with William Hill.