England Are Second Favourites To Win The World Cup
England are one win away from a potential ‘Premier League’ World Cup final against Belgium. If Croatia and France are beaten in the last four the final will bring together two teams that are packed with Premier League players. All of England’s 11 starters against Sweden in the quarter-finals play domestic football in the top division in the country they represent and all put two of Belgium’s first string against France currently play for Premier League clubs. It is unique for 20 players from one league to be on the pitch at the start of the World Cup final. ENGLAND are 5/2 with Ladbrokes to be the world champions for the second time and the first time overseas.
England can win the main team prize and are also in the running for the individual awards. Harry Kane is the leading scorer with six goals, two ahead of Romelu Lukaku, his nearest challenger. Both players will have two matches to add to their tally because the losing semi-finalists play in the match that decides third and fourth place. Kane is now a big favourite to be the top scorer. Jordan Pickford must be in the running to the win the Golden Glove awarded to the best goalkeeper in the World Cup. The best player award usually goes to someone who plays in the final so EDEN HAZARD stands out at 4/1 with William Hill but I’d give it to Harry McGuire.
There is a Flat meeting and jumps fixture in Britain and Ireland and the richest race of the day is at Fairyhouse (3.30pm). The Brownstown Stakes is an all-aged Group 3 contest for fillies and mares over seven furlongs. Four of the seven runners are trained by Aidan O’Brien or his son, Joseph. The family dominated the Irish Derby last weekend and they have a strong hand in today’s race. On ratings and form COULD IT BE LOVE cannot be ignored and the horse is 4/5 with Betfair to oblige.