Bale Big Miss For Wales Against Spain
Wales are playing Spain in Cardiff tonight in an international friendly but not the Nations League but both types of fixtures are basically the same. Wales have a poor record in non-competitive fixtures and their cause is not helped by the absence of Gareth Bale, their one world class player. When Bale plays for Wales anything is possible and any player who has scored 30 goals in 72 internationals will be missed. In his playing days Ryan Giggs missed many friendlies so its ironic he now suffers from a weakened team in his role as the manager. Spain are as short as 4/11 but home advantage can help Wales to secure the DRAW at 4/1 Betfair.
Scotland beat Albania in their first Nations League match and they can take charge of a weak group with a win in Israel tonight. The away team had a poor record on the road but secured maximum points in Lithuania and Malta during qualifying for the last World Cup but still did not qualify for Russia. The rules of the Nations League are that it could provide Scotland with a route to the finals of the European Championships so the matches for them are more than friendlies. Israel are not a strong outfit so SCOTLAND are the bet to win this match at 8/5 with Ladbrokes.
By a twist of fate (or a fixed draw) Francesco Molinari and Tommy Flertwood are in the same three ball in the first round of the British Masters. The numbers are made up by Thorbjorn Olesen who was a team mate in the Ryder Cup. The Old Course at Walton Heath is ideally suited to the attributes in the game of MOLINARI so he should be backed to beat Fleetwood and Olesen over 18 holes at 7/5 with bet365.
There are four meetings in Britain today and the racing is no better than ordinary. No race is worth more than £10,000 and most horses running will not cover the cost of being in training from the prize money. You could say the grandstand at Bangor won’t be overcrowded but the track is the only one in Britain without that facility. Race goers watch the action from a grass verge in front of the track. Today they can back FLYING VERSE at 10/1 with William Hill to win the handicap hurdle at 2.15.