PDC European Tour - Day 2 - Austria

The PDC European Tour is on the road yet again, this time in Austria. The twists and turns of the opening day came in classic PDC fashion, with many low ranked individuals looking to progress through the PDC Order of Merit. German, Rene Eidams, is the 169th in the World Rankings but impressively overcame 29th ranked, Justin Pipe, 6-5 in possibly the greatest match of Eidams career so far. 91st ranked Finish player, Kim Viljanen, beat 97th ranked Polish player, Ratajski Krzysztof, 6-5 in arguably the most entertaining match of the opening day.

Clearly the fans favourite, Mensur Suljovic, will face Ronny Huybrechts in the round of 16. Mensur enters this tournament in hot form, with 2017 being possibly the best year of his career so far. Ronny is coming on off the back of a poor individual performance at the world cup where he was partnered with brother, Kim Huybrechts. Suljovic, currently 7th in the PDC Order of Merit should beat his Belgian opponent and I fancy him to go very far in this tournament with a home crowd backing.

SULJOVIC  TO WIN – 1/7

World number one, Michael van Gerwen, enters the tournament with a match-up against unranked Austrian, Christian Kallinger. Van Gerwen ran riot in the previous PDC European Tour, winning the final 6-3 against Austrian, Mensur Suljovic. The Dutchman should have no problems with this opponent, we should see a whitewash here.

MvG TO WIN – 1/100

Scotland’s answer to an entertainer, Peter Wright, also enters the competition with a match against Finish player, Kim Viljanen. As aforementioned, Kim impressed in his previous match against Krzysztof but should find the World number three a little too tough. The Scotsman will be looking to bounce back after his and team-mate, Gary Anderson’s, embarrassing exit from the World Cup of darts to Singapore in the first round. Wright should go far in the tournament, as he usually does.

WRIGHT TO WIN – 1/100

Another player who has been impressing lately is 20-year-old, Martin Schindler. The German recently paired up with fellow countryman and 20-year-old, Max Hopp, to represent Geramny at the World Cup in front of a home crowd. Schindler was a portrait of a youngster with no fear going toe to toe with some of the PDC’s best. Schindler faces a tough test in Ian White, can he carry on his impressive form, wouldn’t want to bet against him right now.

SCHINDLER TO WIN – 1/100

Suggested Bet:

Suljovic, Smith & Norris all to win their matches – 3.55/1 (odds by Skybet)

UK / Ireland Horse Racing Preview - 24th June 2017

Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Saturday 24th June 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 24th June 2017 -Newmarket 3.20pm – 188bet Ebf Stallions Fillies’ Handicap

Ghadaayer – 5/2 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 24th June 2017 – Lingfield 5.45pm -Vistavis Ltd Handicap

Affair – 6/1 – 1.5pt stake (EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 24th June 2017 -Lingfiled 6.45pm – New Members Welcome At Dartford Golf Club Handicap

Tuolmne Meadows – 13/2 – 1pt stake (EW)

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 24th June 2017 – Lingfield 7.50pm – Racing Welfare Handicap

Medburn Dream – 15/8

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Italy U21's vs Germany U21's - Match Preview
UEFA U21 European Championships, Marszałek Piłsudski Stadium, Kraków 7.45pm

Italy U21’s vs Germany U21’s – Match Preview – European titans clash as already-qualified Germany face competitive rivals Italy, The Azzurrini knowing a victory is vital to join the Germans in the semi-finals.

Germany were second-favourites coming in to the tournament and have lived up to that billing with irrepressible performances so far. Dispatching the dark horses Czech Republic 2-0 in the opening match signified the control the Germans possessed, proceeded by a ruthless 3-0 victory over Denmark in a game which illustrated the skill and talent the creative powers possessed by the German midfield and attack.
Continuing in this vein of form will strike fear into the hearts of not just Italy, but any team that Germany have to face moving forward in the competition.

Conversely, Italy have struggled to reach the heights many suggested were possible before the tournament began. A 2-0 win over Denmark gave optimism without truly convincing and despite containing big names and stellar players such as Gianluigi Donnarumma and Domenico Beradi the side hasn’t fully clicked so far and that was demonstrated in the 3-1 defeat to Czech Republic last time out.

With Czech Republic currently in second place and placing perhaps the tournament’s weakest team in Denmark (only the best 2nd placed side joins the three group winners in qualifying for the semi-finals) Luigi Di Bagio’s men will be wholeheartedly aware anything less than a victory will suffice. Such a result will require a turnaround in fortunes for both teams and remains unlikely. If Italy’s big players can find form and release themselves from their current rigidity, then the task isn’t impossible, however.

Max Meyer has attracted interest from all over Europe Photo Credit: skysports.com

Players to Watch
Max Meyer has been on the eyes and minds of scouts since he broke onto the scene four years ago for hometown club Schalke, at just the age of 17. 163 Appearances and 20 goals for the senior side later and Meyer has established himself as an important cog in one of Germany’s biggest clubs – and with good reason. The attacking midfielder shows flashes of brilliance in almost every performance, his fantastic footwork and ability to beat a man often makes experienced defenders look foolish. With a more consistent output in terms of goals and assists Meyer could be a truly great player for one of Europe’s biggest clubs. At this level, however, he is almost unparalleled and possesses the quality to eviscerate any team that has the displeasure of facing him.

Federico Bernardeschi brings experience to the young Italian side Photo Credit: dailystar.co.uk

It seems almost unpalatable that players with the experience that Federico Bernardeschi possesses can play at a youth tournament, but it offers a chance for tournament experience that can prove vital moving forward for senior national teams. And Fiorentina’s No.10 is a precise example of that, already capped 9 times in the senior Italy team; the 23-year-old is seen as one of Italy’s better prospects for potential future success. Bernardeschi is a unique mixture in the modern game, a winger with great pace but at 6ft, is big and strong and also works extremely hard defensively. Despite that work rate, he is blessed with a cultured and precise left foot and beats players through elegant means which make him a pleasure to watch. On the top of his game, Bernadeschi definitely has the ability to put a strong Germany team to the sword in a must win game. Which is precisely his task.

 

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New Zealand vs British & Irish Lions - 1st Test - Match Preview
1st Test, Eden Park, Auckland 8.35am

New Zealand vs British & Irish Lions – 1st Test – Match Preview –The anticipation is at critical level; the waiting is over and the real battle is ready to commence. The British and Irish Lions face World Champions New Zealand in the 1st Test of The Lions Tour in Auckland.

Warren Gatland is looking to preside over back-to-back Lions series wins for the first time since 1974. However, in the way is only the most difficult task in all of rugby – emerging victorious in a test series in New Zealand against the All Blacks.

In fact, the only time that The Lions have ever achieved this outstanding feat, back in 1971, winning the series 2-1 courtesy of extraordinary team spirit and a rare, brilliant 45 metre drop goal by the legendary JPR Williams to draw the final test and preserve the overall lead.

Lions tours are steeped in history, tradition, passion and entertainment and this edition promises to be no different whatsoever.

It was a sluggish start, narrowly beating the Barbarians (Provincial Union XV) 13-7 before suffering a 22-16 defeat to Blues. A rugged 12-3 victory over Crusaders proceeded before a remarkable 23-22 defeat to Highlanders – this game seemed to be the turning point in attacking play. The Lions stormed to 32-10 and 34-6 victories over New Zealand Maori and Chiefs respectively as momentum hit peak, in due course for The Lions enter the fray of the World Champions.

The All Blacks have won 10 of the 11 Lions Tours in history and are unequivocally the best team of all time with an impenetrable aura of dominance that makes even the most confident of men quiver. Current back-to-back World Champions – the only time in history that has been accomplished – Steve Hansen’s men will feel no pressure to win and instead will relish the opportunity to do battle with the best the Northern Hemisphere can offer.
Expect an epic.

Peter O’Mahony will lead the Lions in place of Sam Warburton Photo Credit: skysports.com

Team News 
Warren Gatland has displayed authority and decisiveness in naming his match day squad and the major surprise is the announcement of Sam Warburton becoming the first tour captain to miss out on the 1st Test in 87 years – being directly replaced in the back row and in captaincy by the incredible rising star of Peter O’Mahony. O’Mahony wasn’t even expected to make the tour in March, before a phenomenal performance in Ireland’s defeat of England forced his way into the reckoning.

Another notable talking points include Liam Williams starting at full-back, Gatland clearly seeing Williams’ vast ability with the ball in hand as more important than the defensive and goal-kicking reliability of Leigh Halfpenny. Elliot Daly also features alongside Anthony Watson in a new look, exciting back three.

An injury to the outrageously powerful Billy Vunipola sees Talupe Falletau given the opportunity to showcase his array of abilities at Number 8.
Gatland has spoken specifically about how difficult the choice between Maro Itoje and Alun Wyn Jones at lock has been, finally deciding on the experienced Welshman. Expect the English monster Itoje to be hugely influential from the bench though.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read hopeful to return in the 1st test Photo Credit: skysports.com

For the All Blacks, captain Kieran Read has been out of action for seven weeks, but a return to full fitness means the No.8 will unquestionably start and captain his side in the 1st test – lining up alongside the wonderful back-row of Sam Cane and Jerome Kaino.
The biggest surprise was Steve Hansen’s inclusion of Rieko Ioane – without a test start to his name – on the wing instead of Julian Savea.
Ryan Crotty’s return to full fitness also sees him reclaim a centre birth alongside Sonny Bill-Williams over Anton Lienert-Brown.

Lions team: L Williams (Wales); A Watson (England), J Davies (Wales), B Te’o (England), E Daly (England); O Farrell (England), C Murray (Ireland); M Vunipola (England), J George (England), T Furlong (Ireland); AW Jones (Wales), G Kruis (England); P O’Mahony (capt, Ireland), S O’Brien (Ireland), T Faletau (Wales).

Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), K Sinckler (England), M Itoje (England), S Warburton (Wales), R Webb (Wales), J Sexton (Ireland), L Halfpenny (Wales).

New Zealand Team: B Smith; I Dagg, R Crotty, S B Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, J Kaino, S Cane, K Read (capt).


Replacements:
 N Harris, W Crockett, C Faumuina, S Barrett, A Savea, TJ Perenara, A Cruden or L Sopoaga, A Lienert-Brown.

 

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New Zealand vs Portugal - Match Preview
Confederations Cup, Group A
Krestovskyi Stadium, Russia 4pm

New Zealand vs Portugal – Match Preview – European Champions Portugal are seeking just a point against already-eliminated New Zealand to book their place in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup.

Fernando Santos’ men were shaky in a 2-2 draw against Mexico in the opening game – but a much more resilient performance in a Ronaldo-led 1-0 victory over tournament hosts Russia sees Portugal as firm favourites to make it into the final four.
Mexico, ahead of Portugal by one goal on goal difference, face Russia in the other group game and the Selecao know bettering the Gold Cup champions’ result will result in a 1st place finish in Group A.

2016 OFC Nations Cup Champions New Zealand have been out of their depth so far in this competition, losing meagrely 2-0 to Russia before a similarly disappointing performance in a 2-1 defeat to Mexico. The only positive to emerge from the tournament so far is captain Chris Wood ending The All Whites’ 555-minute goal-scoring drought in the Confederations Cup. Anthony Hudson’s side face the utmost uphill struggle to beat the European Champions and claim a first ever victory in official FIFA tournament play.

This match sees Portugal as overwhelming favourites but there is a strong likelihood that most of the side will be rested, including the on-fire Cristiano Ronaldo, giving New Zealand a glimmer of hope. However, you would still expect Portugal to have too much firepower for a creativity lacking Kiwis side. New Zealand do not normally concede many goals, so if they can stay defensively structured and stave off the Portuguese attack and still be clinical, a surprise could be on the cards. But it is a big if.

Bernado Silva is a threat with his creativity and drive towards opposition defences Photo Credit: skysports.com

Players to Watch
With Ronaldo likely to be rested, Bernado Silva could be the most important player in the Portuguese attack. Manchester City’s new £43m signing impressed in the 1-0 defeat of Russia, and has been in fantastic form since Monaco’s last campaign – contributing 10 goals and 10 assists in all competitions as his side claimed the Ligue 1 title and reached the Champions League semi-finals. Elusive and with devastating ability with the ball at his feet, Bernado Silva is a threat every single time he picks up the ball from 35 yards and drives towards the opposition. The attacking midfielder has an eye for goal and is also adept at threading the ball into the tightest gaps in defences. New Zealand will have their work cut out for them in resisting Bernado Silva’s charms.

New Zealand’s Chris Wood made his 50th International appearance against Russia Photo Credit: espnfc.com

Captain Chris Wood earned his 50th (and now 51st) cap during the tournament, and in that international career has scored a stellar 20 goals – including his side’s solitary strike this tournament in the last game against Mexico. Leeds United’s prized asset smashed in 27 goals in The Championship last season and 30 in all competitions, earning himself a spot in the coveted Championship Team of the Year, narrowly missing out on Player of The Year to Anthony Knockeart. The 6ft3 striker is a constant threat and will be confident he can snatch up any of the likely scarce chances presented to him in this game.

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Horse Racing Preview - Royal Ascot Day 5 - 24th June 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from the Royal Meeting, Ascot, It’s been a tough week to be fair probably the worst results I have most definitely encountered at this meeting.

Into the final day and once more a hard day it will be for sure and I will be covering all six races on the blog.

14.30 Ascot – Chesham Stakes (Listed) (7f)

It’s been a frustrating week for Ballydoyle who I think have underachieved this year with their big guns getting turned over, but they still have the unbeaten Caravaggio to come later this afternoon.

I actually like their entry here with September, her maiden win was workmanlike and never really came out of second gear. She is a well bred filly by Deep Impact out of a good mare Peeping Fawn, there is a lot to like about her, one to beat.

As I have been saying all week, what’s going to beat the army of Ballydoyle? Both Westerland and Hey Gaman fought out a close finish at Leicester on debut, Dettori would have probably ridden Westerland, even though he has been declared to ride on the timeform card I can’t see it, whoever gets the spare ride should have a good race.

September : 3pt win @ 5/4 (BOG)

15.05 Ascot – Wolferton Handicap (Listed) (9.9f) (0-110)

Sir Michael Stoute is still looking for that record winner that will take him on the same number of Royal winners as Sir Henry Cecil.

He has a big chance here with Khairaat who has come on from his juvenile status when destroying his field at Chester in this grade. The slight drop in distance should not cause too many problems, my money is on him.

As for dangers Elbereth would have a say if he was able to reproduce his second in the Dahlia Stakes when behind Somehow. It was good to see young Oisin Murphy record his first Ascot winner, big player if it all falls right.

Khairaat : 2pts win @ 5/1 (BOG)

15.40 Ascot – Hardwicke Stakes (Group 2) (11.9f)

Again, Sir Michael Stoute can surpass Henry Cecil’s milestone with the Queen’s runner Dartmouth. He showed true grit when having to fend off the late challenge of Simple Verse in a thrilling finish to the Yorkshire Cup.

Simple Verse sadly finished last in the Gold Cup, a race he should have never contended in my opinion, I honestly do not think why connections and trainer thought he would get such a marathon trip.

He is a returning champion when landing this race last year, only three have managed the feat since 1980, last being Marahaal when trained by non-other than Sir Michael Stoute, too good for these on his day and can give the Queen back to back success in the race.

So where are the likely dangers to come from? There has been no five year olds to land this renewal since the back to back wins by Maraahel. Four year olds have dominated since 2008, with Stoute looking for his sixth success in eight years and his fourth in a row.

Another returning champ is My Dream Boat who landed a surprise when taking last year’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes. It’s been a downward spiral since, but looked back to some kind of form last time out when runner up at Newbury when two lengths behind runaway winner Hawkbill in the Al Rayan Stakes.

Idaho for me has not fulfilled his promise, third in last year’s Derby which is looking weaker every time US Army Ranger makes an appearance. He had the beating of Across the Stars from the Great Voltigeur which again is looking very weak form.

Dartmouth : 3pt win @ 3/1 (BOG)

16.20 Ascot – Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Group 1) (6f)

For me Limato just fails to bring the coin in when I am backing him, runner up in the Commonwealth Cup when beaten convincingly by Muhaarar, his career has been lucrative, unbeaten as a juvenile he made a pleasing transition, but the wins started to come too far between.

Stepping him up to a mile at the Breeders Cup for me was not that connections thought he could get the 8f, all about the money. Another fact was the distance, he had only contended once before when fourth in the Lockinge, his Meydan run was not encouraging enough to think he can return and win.

The next three in the betting, Magical Memory, Tasleet and The Tin Man, all have desirable profiles for this race .I start with Tasleet who beat Magical Memory at York with the Tin Man back in fifth. Now I’m going to overlook the runs of the latter two mentioned, Tasleet got his ground that day and took full advantage.

Magical Memory would have been ridden for sure by Dettori, but due to injury The Doyler steps in for the mount. It was a surprise actually that Magical Memory came there swinging off the bit and found nothing, but as common as he usually is he finds nothing in a battle, I’ve backed him ante-post but I will also be looking for value elsewhere.

This comes in The Tin Man, James Fanshawe’s five-year-old finished eighth in this last year and had a few of today’s rivals in front of him. He bounced back when landing the champion sprint on his final run last season and did it with something in hand.

He was conceding 5lb to both Tasleet and Magical Memory at York, meets them both off level weights, should be reversing the form, value of the race for me.

The Tin Man : 2pts each way @ 13/2 (BOG)

17.00 Ascot – Wokingham Stakes (Heritage Handicap) (6f) (0-110)

Get ready for a calvary charge, twenty-nine entries have stood their ground. My selection, Cultirati. son of Dubawi, won here at Ascot over 7f, and went on to land big Handicaps at York and Newmarket.

He missed all of 2016 with an injury which was a shame as he is very well thought of by Godolphin, bounced back bigger and better I think, on my short list. My second horse that should be thereabout’s is Projection who can land a big handicap double for Roger Charlton who’s Atty Persse stormed to victory in the King George V Handicap.

He is a likeable type that will enjoy a test of speed, since not getting his head in front since September of 2015, his runs have been consistent. Last season a good fifth in the Stewards Cup followed up by a good third at Newmarket.

First run this year saw him finish sixth in a decent handicap at Newmarket, for me well handicapped off 103. Outback Traveller is attempting to become the first entry to go back to back since 1932, it’s only been achieved twice since the early 1800s, one of the winners was Wokingham hence the name of the race.

Cultirati : 2pts each way @ 10/1 (BOG)

Projection : 1pt each way @ 10/1 (BOG)

17.35 Ascot – Queen Alexandra Stakes (Conditions) (21.6)

It would be interesting if Thomas Hobson would attempt to win twice in a week after landing the Ascot Stakes in good fashion. He looks a far better flat horse than his hurdling career, I was surprised to see him bound away on the firm ground when most of his best runs have come on soft to heavy ground, if he runs and gets the index, he has slim claims, but I feel a non-runner.

Obviously if Thomas Hobson is pulled by Mullins we will have a reformed market so please lookout for those rule 4s and try to hang out just before the race, most high Street bookies undercut the punter early doors by 15% on actual odds.

Three of the past five winners have been trained by jump trainers, now the strangest declaration is US Army Ranger. Surely they do not think this trip is within his grasp, put in as third favourite I am totally dumfounded in what they are doing with the horse.

Two solid performers and consistent enough are Mark Johnston’s Oriental Fox and Andrew Balding’s Montaly with the latter being my selection. Mark Johnston’s Oriental Fox has been there and got the t-shirt, fourth in this twelve months ago, he most definitely gets the trip and warrants respect

However Montaly impressed me even further when winning on seasons debut when landing the Chester Cup with Fun Mac further back in third, a close fifth in last year’s Ascot Stakes he could return with a big run under Oisin Murphy.

Montaly : 1.5pt each way @ 10/1 (BOG)

Oriental Fox : 1pt each way @ 8/1 (BOG)

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UK / Ireland Horse Racing Preview - 23rd June 2017

Horse Racing Preview

Here is our horse racing preview for Friday 23rd June 2017 across UK and Ireland Horse Racing today, unit stakes advised upon each selection.

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 23rd June 2017 – Redcar 2.20pm – Watch Racing UK With Free Trial Now Maiden Stakes

Northwest Frontier – 11/10 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 23rd June 2017 – Redcar 4.45pm -Start Your Racing UK Free Trial Now Handicap

Maureb – 7/2 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 23rd June 2017 -Ayr 7.05pm – Caledonia Best Handicap

Glorious Forever – 2/1 – 2pt stake

Horse Racing – UK / Ireland – 23rd June 2017 – Newmarket 8pm – Fly London Southend Airport To Budapest Fillies’ Handicap

Panova – 11/8 – 2pt stake

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Horse Racing Preview - Royal Ascot Day 4 - 23rd June 2017

Today’s horse racing preview comes from the Royal Meeting, Ascot. It has not been the best of Ascots for the blog, just the one outright winner with Coronet, but we have to keep on plugging away.

 

14.30 Ascot – Albany Stakes (Group 3) (6f)

If I have my fractions correct then I would have to put Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri as a good thing. Her last win came at Naas when thrashing her nearest rival by five lengths.

Her debut is the run I am most interested in, she clocked a really fast time at Naas, even her return run on soft ground was only three seconds slower, still a quick time against this mob.

Another I thought won well last time is Roger Varian’s Madeline who beat some good opposition at Goodwood beating the likes of Billsden Brook and recent winners Elizabeth Bennett & Silca Mistress.

Last but not least, Black Sails, who won nicely on debut at the Curragh beating also recent winners and third place Coventry Stakes finisher Murillo who actually finished last that day.

Alpha Centauri : 2pt win @ 9/4 (BOG)

15.05 Ascot – King Edward V11 Stakes (Group 2) (11.9f)

Crystal Ocean sets the standard after his third in this year’s Dante. He is by prolific Group 1 winning sire Sea the Stars through the bloodline of Mark of Esteem , this trip looks made for him.

However, I do feel at a price Best of Days for Hugo Palmer can mix it up here. It’s a very wide open renewal and Palmer’s Royal Lodge winner can show his class now stepping up to 12f trips.

Best of the rest, St John Lavery who beat the likes of Haripour by seven lengths at Gowran Park, never adapted to Lingfield when labouring back in sixth and beaten before half way last time, can bounce back now back on turf a big player.

Best of Days : 1pt each way @ 10/1(BOG)

15.40 Ascot – Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) (6f)

After seeing another odds-on shots beaten from the Ballydoyle camp I am going to take him on with the boys in blue smart sprinter Harry Angel.

He could not be more impressive when breaking the Haydock track record when landing the Sandy Lane Stakes. The form is holding well with the third Mubtasim running third in the Jersey Stakes this week and Carraveggio will have to be at his best.

Another Godolphin representative is Blue Point who actually impressed me when landing the Pavilion Stakes over course and distance last month. Back in second was Harry’s Angel one and a half lengths off the winner’s pace, but will find it a lot tougher holding that form with Harry’s Angel this time.

Carraveggio needs no introduction, 100% race record intact he will be going for his sixth career win in a row. He is also attempting to achieve what three past champions have produced this week and win again after landing last year’s Coventry.

His only run of 2017 saw him land the Group 3 Lacken Stakes at Naas, that was on soft ground, I feel he will have to find at least a length with Harry’s Angel on what the speed ratings have produced.

Harry’s Angel : 2pt win @ 7/2 (BOG)

17.00 Ascot – Queen Vase (Group 2) (13.9f)

Time to Study definitely sets the standard after his win in the Edinburgh Cup, a race that was franked just yesterday with Alabaster winning at Chelmsford.

Even the third had franked the form this week at Ripon and back in sixth Cray gave Alabaster a good race yesterday, very hard to oppose.

As for a lively outsider, Dermot Welds Haripour has to come into the equation. His facile win at Navan has seen the form franked by the fourth and seventh place finishers who have gone on to win.

Time to Study : 2pt win @ 6/1 (BOG)

Haripour : 1pt each way @ 10/1 (BOG)

 

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Cameroon vs Australia - Match Preview
Confederations Cup, Group B 
Krestovskyi Stadium, Russia 4pm

Cameroon vs Australia – Match Preview – Cameroon will face Australia this Thursday at the Confederations Cup in Russia. Both sides didn’t get their dream start to the tournament, both losing in their opening matches. Cameroon faced Chile in an end to end match with two late Chile goals that saw off their African opposition. Australia featured in arguably the best match of the tournament so far against Germany, losing 3-2 in a match that many didn’t even give the Aussies a chance. With both sides looking to avoid an early exit, this match could have a lot of drama.

 Cameroon were a shadow of their regular form in their first outing, letting Chile dominate possession which allowed them to be broken down over time. Cameroon’s keeper was able to keep the match from turning into a cricket score with some fantastic early saves but the African outfit will not be able to rely on him all the time. Striker, Vincent Aboubakar, was Cameroon’s only threat on the counter attack with some speedy runs down the wings and a lethal strike when on his favoured right foot. Cameroon will have to weather an Aussie storm coming their way, can they get a victory?

Skybet Match Result – Cameroon to Win – 6/4

If anything, Australia over performed in their last match against Germany. Nobody expected Australia to score one goal, let alone two, and to compete toe to toe with the World Champions in a back and forth encounter. The Socceroos will feel confident entering this fixture and will feel they can overcome the Cameroon side that failed to impress a few days ago. The bookmakers are struggling to call this match and are offering enticing odds on Australia to win, can they save their tournament and send Cameroon packing their bags?

Skybet Match Result – Australia to Win – 9/5

Tim Cahill can lead the Aussies to victory over Cameroon Photo Credit: skysports.com

 Team News

 Cameroon are without striker, Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu, due to suspension.

 Cameroon will turn to talisman, Vincent Aboubakar, for a goal, can he provide the goods?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Vincent Aboubakar to score Anytime in 90 mins – 13/8

 Central Midfielder, James Jeggo, is unavailable for Australia through suspension too.

 Australian legend, Tim Cahill, will be on the search for a goal this Thursday, can he continue his legacy of Australia’s greatest?

 Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Tim Cahill to score Anytime in 90 mins – 9/4

 

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England U21's vs Poland U21's - Match Preview
UEFA U21 European Championships, Kielce Stadium, Poland 7.45pm

England U21’s vs Poland U21’s – Match Preview – Aidy Boothroyd’s young Lions will play their final group match on Thursday 22nd June against the host nation, Poland. England had a very impressive second half performance against Slovakia in their last outing with goals from Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson and Southampton’s Nathan Redmond seeing England come out victorious, 2-1. Poland haven’t had their dream tournament in front of a home crowd, sitting bottom of Group A with one point.

 England’s second half performance against Slovakia was the England side we expected to see this tournament, becoming more clinical in front of goal. The big expectations of this young English side haven’t seemed to have gotten into the young boys heads yet, as they currently lead Group A with four points. Nathan Redmond showed his class in the last match, not only scoring a goal but being the key danger man for the three lions. The bookmakers fancy England to win this and secure top spot in Group A, can they win and reach the semifinals?

Skybet Match Result – England to Win – 4/7

 The host nation, Poland, drew their last match against Sweden; the Polish took an early lead but were unable to sustain it, going behind and then rescuing a point with an injury time penalty. The Polish seemed to cracked under the pressure with the crowd behind their back and it seems very unlikely for them to qualify for the semi-finals, a disappointing early end for the Hosts. However, the Polish will pose a big threat to England, with attacker, Mariusz Stepinski, proving to be a big presence spearheading the Polish attack. It’s hard to see Poland overcoming the strength and depth of the English squad but with the tournament already providing some shocks, Poland will feel confident they can get a result.

Skybet Match Result – Poland to Win – 5/1

Can Abraham get off the mark in the tournament with a goal against Poland? Photo Credit: skysports.com

 Team News

England have no injuries or suspensions to worry about.

 Although he has failed to score so far, Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, is sure to find the back of the net soon for the three lions, will it be in this match?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Tammy Abraham to score Anytime in 90 mins – 11/10

 Poland are without attacking midfielder, Bartosz Kapustka, after he picked up a nasty wound.

The 20-year-old Leicester City player will be missed by Poland but can they still score without him?

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