England On A Journey From Wembley To Wembley
England play Czech Republic tonight at Wembley at the start of their Euro 2020 campaign which could end back at the national stadium next summer. The finals of the European Championships are being played in 13 cities and the semi-finals and final are at Wembley where England won the World Cup in 1966 and lost on penalties to Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 1996. There would be a neat symmetry if the Germans were the opponents again in July 2020.
Even when England were rubbish in the World Cup and Euros Wembley was something of a fortress. In the modern era England have won 14 of their last 15 competitive matches at home. The problem wasn’t qualifying but justifying the hype when it mattered most. Czech Republic lost in the final of Euro 1996 but the golden generation is very much in the past. Their first choice goalkeeper misses tonight’s match through injury and the best bet is ENGLAND -1 at 10/11 with bet365.
It is a tale of two Tigers when the Grand National and US Masters take place. The horse and golfer with that name are returning to the scenes of former glories. Tiger Roll is trying to be the first horse since Red Rum to win successive Grand Nationals at Aintree while Tiger Woods is looking to win the first major of the season for the fifth time at Augusta National. The horse has a better chance than the golfer but coincidence betters may back the TIGER DOUBLE at 66/1 with Paddy Power.
The richest race of the day is a Class 1 Listed NH Flat race at Newbury (5.05). The jockey Noel Fehily is retiring and has his last ride at the track on Saturday. It would be appropriate if he had a winner during the two day meeting and this bumper gives him one of his best chances. Nobby was entered in the champion bumper at Cheltenham but was withdrawn at the 48 hour declaration stage. However, Fehily could have that horse’s measure with GREEN DOPLPHIN at 9/4 with bet365.