England Are Coming Home
Football didn’t quite come home but England return to Wembley for their first match after the World Cup with a Nations League meeting with Spain. Gareth Southgate was asked if his starting 11 will be as close as those who played in the semi-final against Croatia but he said he is now looking to the future.
However, his strongest side was obvious in Russia and if there are major changes we can assume the manager is not taking the Nations League seriously. The focus then must be Euro 2020 the semi-finals and final of which are being played at Wembley. ENGLAND are 8/1 with William Hill to be the champions of Europe for the first time.
One of the great positives of the World Cup was the connection between the England team and supporters. A succession of managers was not able to motivate a team that potentially was better than the current crop. Southgate will want to maintain the momentum so you can assume he won’t send out the second string that could be well beaten by Spain and that result would spoil the homecoming. .
The visitors have a new coach in Luis Enrique who the players will be keen to impress. Despite not having a brilliant World Cup they are a top-class outfit. Spain have scored in their last 24 fixtures and England should approach the fixture with confidence. Therefore, the best bet is BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE and that option is 10/11 with Ladbrokes.
England are returning to action and the racehorse Enable is back on the track. The winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as a three-year-old has been kept in training and the main objective is to win the Arc again which is back at Longchamp next month. Enable took advantage of the sex and weight-for-age allowances last season but the latter does now not apply. However, the filly gets eight pounds of Crystal Ocean in the September Stakes at Kempton in the 2.05 race. With that weight advantage ENABLE is the horse to back at 8/13 with Coral.