Can You Ignore Fulham at 40/1?
Manchester City’s fourth round tie in the EFL Cup at home to Fulham is not being televised which means there is no meaningful live football action today. The trophy is fourth on Pep Guardiola’s wish list and team selection will be key. Both City and Fulham have other fish to fry and are being asked to play three matches in a week. Points in the Premier League are more important than winning the League Cup.
Jose Mourinho liked to win the first trophy up for grabs but City don’t need a boost to their confidence and Fulham are in the bottom three. Its speculative but if City play the reserves and their opponents are at full strength you can’t turn down the chance to back FULHAM to win the tie in 90 minutes at 40/1 with Ladbrokes.
American football in the NFL is not everybody’s cup of tea and if you support Tottenham the sport is just a pain in the neck. The pitch for their home Premier League match against City showed the vestiges and damage caused by the NFL fixture the day before. City scored the winning goal with a route one move on the damaged Wembley turf that still had the markings from the previous day.
On the face of it American football is played by over-padded lumps with more advert breaks than action. In fact, it’s a sport played by over-padded lumps with more advert breaks than action but that doesn’t mean you can’t win money. Efficiency is the key and that is quantified by yards gained from each play. The figures for tonight’s Oakland at San Francisco meeting suggest OAKLAND +3 is the bet at 20/21 with William Hill. In eight weeks both teams have recorded just one win.
The Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday will see the return of Thistlecrack to the track. On best hurdle form the horse should be odds-on but so much has happened since those halcyon days. Enable is the banker in the Breeders’ Cup but a poor draw has seen the horse drift in the betting. It would be a pleasure to see two wonderful horses win races that are like chalk and cheese. The DOUBLE at best odds pays over 7/2 with Coral.
Before the riches of the weekend there is a decent All-Weather fixture at Lingfield today featuring two listed class 1 races. The 2.35 is a Fast-Track Qualifier for finals day next April. MOVE SWIFTLY ticks most of the boxes and is the selection at 11/8 with Paddy Power.