Football Could Be Edging Closer To Home
It would be so disappointing if England lost to Colombia tonight and were out of the World Cup at the last 16 stage. The draw has opened up with three potentially winnable ties which means England have a great chance of reaching the World Cup final and a possible massive showdown with Brazil. That tie would bring together the nation that invented the game and the most successful in the history of the tournament. ENGLAND are now fourth favourites to win the World Cup at 6/1 with William Hill and fancied to win tonight.
Recent history does not auger well for a straightforward win in 90 minutes. Indeed England have won just twice in normal time in their last 15 matches in the World Cup and finals of the European Championships. James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot four years ago and is Colombia’s best player but looks unlikely to play which would be a huge positive for England. There is a doubt about the keeper and defence but ENGLAND have Harry Kane and enough all over the pitch to justify a bet on a win in 90 minutes against Colombia at 23/20 with Betfair.
The winners of tie meet Sweden or Switzerland in the next round. There have been some wonderful matches at all stages of the World Cup but this could be a low-key affair. Both teams have scored in two of Sweden’s last 11 fixtures and Switzerland are not prolific. However, they have quality in midfield and Xherdan Shaqiri seems to be playing for a move away from relegated Stoke and Liverpool are interested. It might take more than 90 minutes to get the job done but SWITZERLAND to qualify at 4/5 with Ladbrokes is the bet in this tie.
There is a big meeting at Sandown on Saturday featuring the Eclipse Stakes but the feature today is a handicap over slightly more than a mile at Hamilton. First Flight has the rating and form to prevail but a progressive horse may be thrown in at the weights. BALLASTRA is weighted to beat First Flight and win this race and that outcome is 5/2 with Coral on a day when football might get closer to coming home