Only Brazil Are Shorter In World Cup Betting Than England
There are only eight matches remaining in the World Cup and over the next two days eight teams becomes four. The sides that progress to the semi-finals know they will play another two times but the tournament will end with a World Cup final or the most meaningless fixture in sport, the one that decides which nation finishes third and not fourth. The Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds anthem ‘Football’s Coming Home’ is racing up the charts, sales of waistcoats have gone through the roof and ENGLAND are now as short as 7/2 with William Hill to win the World Cup.
The first tie in the quarter-finals brings together Uruguay and France this afternoon. Both sides were impressive in the last 16. Uruguay will suffer a huge blow if as expected Edinson Cavani does not play due to a hamstring injury. His side have only conceded in three of their last 13 matches but France have the quality to score at least once. Kylian Mbappe is contending with Harry Kane to be voted the best player at the World Cup. Uruguay are strong and disciplined at the back but FRANCE have the players to sneak a win in 90 minutes and that outcome is Evens with Ladbrokes.
The second match today is one for the purists because Brazil and Belgium are in footballing ability terms two of the best sides in the tournament. However, Belgium spent a huge amount emotionally in coming back from two-nil down to beat Japan in the last round. Meanwhile, Brazil eased past Mexico and Neymar scored a goal. Brazil have only conceded in one of their last nine matches. Belgium have the players to find the net but BRAZIL should be backed at 8/15 with Paddy Power to qualify for the next round but the job might not be done in normal time.
It’s the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown tomorrow and the race will feature some big players from the Derby. Masar (winner), Roaring Lion (2nd) and Saxon Warrior (4th) will run in an all-aged race dominated by the Classic generation. The track stages a decent prelude today with £177,000 in prize money up for grabs. The richest race of the day (4.05pm) is the Class 2 handicap over one mile and two furlongs, the Eclipse distance. ALFARRIS has potential to improve and the horse can be backed at 7/2 with Ladbrokes to win this race.