Are Watford The New Leicester City?
There are no major football matches in the UK and Europe this evening as we embark on an international break. You could have an anticipated Chelsea and Liverpool winning their first four matches in the Premier League but you would need a crystal ball of epic proportions to have predicted that Watford would make a perfect start to the new season. They probably have one of the most famous celebrity fans and Elton John was all over the papers celebrating the win over Tottenham. If lightening does strike twice Leicester set the precedent three seasons ago and WATFORD are now 250/1 with bet365 to be the champions of England in 2018/19.
Even though there are no matches in the Premier League or Champions League the EFL Trophy trundles into life and there are 22 group fixtures this evening. It’s a strange competition in which the first teams from lower league clubs play Under 21 and Academy teams from the big outfits. It’s a nightmare for bookmakers and casual punters because who has a clue if Crawley are better than Tottenham’s under age squad? Team selection will be key to the outcome of many fixtures but the final is being played at Wembley. LINCOLN take the concept seriously and they stand out at 23/20 with William Hill to beat Mansfield.
The US Open tennis championships are being shown somewhere online but there is no mainstream TV coverage. Betting turnover plummets when there is no live action but live sport is now heading to big streaming channels and some major events are being marginalised. Not many people will be watching but RAFAEL NADAL can win the men’s singles and that outcome is 2/1 with Coral.
The principle race meeting is at Goodwood and the track stages three quire lucrative class 2 races. The handicaps look trappy but the maiden stakes race over one mile at 3.05 is more straightforward. Several runners have been entered in Group contests so this looks like a decent race. On form and ratings LINE OF DUTY is the horse to back at 9/4 with Ladbrokes.