England Can Beat Belgium Tonight
Who would have thought that England would be fourth favourites to win the World Cup and a shorter price than Belgium to win their meeting in the last phase of the Group matches? Dreams have turned to reality because the Germans are going home and England should not fear any side left in the tournament. Granted beating Tunisia and Panama is nothing to write home about but those two wins have created confidence and momentum. Now the head is ruling the heart because ENGLAND can win the World Cup for the second time and for just the first time overseas and that outcome is 7/1 with William Hill.
There has been a lot of chat about the value of coming second in Group G because you might have an easier route to the final. The ever sensible Gareth Southgate pointed out that its ridiculous to be plotting your potential opponents in the semi-finals at this stage of the World Cup. Making changes gives players a rest and provides fringe players minutes on the pitch but it breaks a winning formula. Both managers have hinted at adjustments but Roberto Martinez might go for the second string while England could be close to full strength. In those circumstances ENGLAND must be backed at 8/5 with William Hill to beat Belgium today.
The other match in the group is a dead rubber but TUNISIA are a better team than Panama so they are the bet to win that fixture at 5/6 with Coral. Only the disappointing Poland cannot qualify from Group H but one of Japan, Senegal or Colombia will be going home. Poland can retrieve something from the mess by turning up and beating Japan. That would make the Colombia and Senegal fixture a shootout to win the group and COLOMBIA can finish top of the table which is 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
There is a decent handicap over a mile at Newcastle (4.15pm) where racing will be televised from on ITV tomorrow evening as there are no matches in the World Cup. It’s a wide open contest with 14 runners so place terms are one quarter the odds for horses in the first three. BATTLE OF MARATHON has been placed in Group 3 company and the horse looks a big price at 22/1 with Betfair to win today.