Football players across the country have less than a day to come up with a good injury excuse before this round of bobbins international friendlies. Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott got their excuses in early for England who face Sweden on Wednesday. The two teams met in Euro 2012 where England won 3-2 in one of the best games for the Three Lions at the tournament. Sweden are slight favourites at 8/5 with England at 17/10. The draw is an attractive 9/4.
Elsewhere Ireland face Greece in what could be one of the dullest international games of the week, with both clubs not renowned for their scintillating attacking play. Ireland are just edging favouritism for that one at 6/4. Manager-less Scotland are the odds-on 8/13 favourites when they travel to Luxemburg and will be looking for a stark improvement after losing their last two matches.
There is some appealing football on Wednesday though with Holland taking on Germany in what could be a very spicy affair and Italy hosting France in a clash between two of the world’s top international teams.
The Grand Slam of Darts continues from Wolverhampton today with 15-time champion of the world, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor facing the BDO’s Scott Waites on the oche.
James Wade, Simon Whitlock and Michael Van Gerwen are just some of the other players in action in the second round of games from the group stages. Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor is 6/4 to win the tournament outright for the fifth time in his career after two-time world champion Adrian Lewis was dumped out of the competition last night.
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Racing today comes from Huntingdon, Lingfield, Sedgefield and Kenilworth.
The Sun newspaper’s top tipster Templegate has a leading fancy in the 3.00pm handicap chase at Lingfield.
‘It’s no secret that Water Gate has a great chance’, says the tipster. ‘On the likely testing ground his light weight is a big plus, as is his ability to go fresh. He has also gone well at Lingfield before. He was only beaten five lengths when second to Master Milan over hurdles on his return last season and is 29lb better off today’.