Goal Fest Not Expected in Amsterdam Tonight
Holland are not going to the World Cup in Russia and even though they have qualified England might not either. They do say politics and sport should not mix but sometimes that is unavoidable. In any case the friendly international tonight between Holland and England in Amsterdam is meaningless and will have no relevance to the tournament in Russia this summer. It’s one of those cases of backing something not to happen rather than taking place and that means goals. The loophole in the low bookings counts in international friendlies has now been closed.
England play Italy in the second friendly during the international break at Wembley next week and Italy also failed to qualify. England might as well be playing any team in world football but to play two teams who won’t be in Russia seems a total waste of time. Italy missed out on the finals by one goal but Holland were a million miles from qualification. The nation finished third in the World Cup in 2014 but it’s a squad in transition that could lack goals. Robin van Persie has been left out and other stalwarts like Arjen Robben are not available for selection.
The first match in charge for a new manager who was a hero as a player can do strange things for a team. Ryan Giggs began his managerial career with Wales yesterday and they beat China 6-0 with Gareth Bale’s hat-trick making him their record scorer. Bale has now scored 29 goals for his country which is one more than Ian Rush. Ronald Koeman is in charge for Holland for the first time tonight and he could transform the team. However, Harry Kane is injured and doesn’t play and all the evidence suggests a low scoring encounter so UNDER 2.5 GOALS should be backed at 13/20 with William Hill.
WOODS WELL Looks Interesting At 16/1
The richest race of the day in Britain and Ireland is the novices’ handicap chase at Navan (4.05). On ratings it’s an open looking contest and five horses are quoted at odds from 5/2 to 7/1. Fitzhenry and Last Encounter are closely matched on past form and Augustin is not a proven jumper who could be found out at this level. With an amateur jockey’s allowance reducing the horse’s weight by seven pounds WOODS WELL looks interesting at 16/1 with Ladbrokes.