The forecast says it will be sunny and dry at least for the first four days of the 5th Test so England will not have the weather on their side as they try to avoid a 4-0 series defeat to Australia. The Ashes cannot be won but there is never a friendly when these two teams meet. England did win at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2003 and 2011 but are the underdogs for the match that starts at the ground tonight at 11.30pm UK time. Australia have lost two of their last 23 Tests at the ground but both those defeats were against England. However, lightening is unlikely to strike again so AUSTRALIA are the bet for this match at 4/6 with William Hill.
Arsenal’s third match in six days is a home fixture tonight against Chelsea who are something of a bogey team. In fact Arsenal have beaten their London rivals just once in the last 12 meetings and that record is unlikely to be enhanced in this fixture. Arsenal’s busy schedule has created some injury absentees and Mesut Ozil won’t be playing tonight. They are also missing Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud so a weakened team will be taking on CHELSEA at home so the visitors should be backed to win three points at 13/8 with Betfair.
There is a saying that punters have never had it so good and certainly the non-runner/no bet rule for the major races at the Cheltenham festival is a massive concession. This means if you back a horse in ante post betting for the five features of the four day meeting with a number of bookmakers and the backed horse does not run you get your money back. This rule is usually applied at about the start of March but this year three leading bookies now make this offer. Not many Festival runners will be in action today at Ludlow where EXITAS has the trip and ground to suit in the 2.20pm race and is the standout racing bet of the day at 13/2 with Ladbrokes.