England are spoiling a good stag do with a game of cricket which starts against Australia early tomorrow morning. If some of the players had been as prolific on the field as in various bars across the country they are touring England may not be 2-0 down in the five match Ashes series. The best player could not make the trip and another player has been sent home for booze related issues on a tour that is more akin to a trip to a European city for your mates last weekend of freedom than a prestigious sporting event. In these circumstances AUSTRALIA are the team to back to win the 3rd Test at 8/15 with William Hill. The series has a 5-0 drubbing written all over it.
Burnley’s late winner at home to Stoke last night has taken them to fourth place in the Premier League. It’s the clubs highest position in the top tier of English football since 1973 other than in the first two weeks of the season. With fixtures involving the three teams below them tonight they will be overhauled but it’s a fine achievement by a club with a relatively small budget and wage bill who were one of the favourites for relegation at the start of the season. Burnley are now 16/1 with Betfair to finish in the top six. Arsenal play West Ham away tonight and Mesut Ozil has scored first in the previous three meetings and he is 13/2 with Ladbrokes to do so again.
There are three race meetings in Britain today and they are each on the All Weather. In the olden days if turf racing was not possible because of ice and snow customers in betting offices could only bet on the dogs. Total prize money for the fixtures at Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Kempton is £124,000 which is derisory for 24 races but the show is still on the road. The most lucrative race is worth £7,246.15 to the winner (Lingfield 2pm) and SHYRON is the each-way steal at 10/1.