The reality is that Fifa and Qatar cannot predict what a court might rule…
England should get the job done against Montenegro but it’s hard to advise a bet at 2/5 given that they have played them three times and all three have ended all square, including the Group H qualifier in March.
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Swansea like to play the possession game and European football seems to suit them. The also have a manager who is sure to give the competition a go.
The game to watch tonight is surely Manchester City V Bayern Munich. But I can’t call it from either a match odds, goals, bookings or corners perspective and better value might lie in the relatively low-key game in Moscow, where two teams who are particularly tight at the back go head to head.
Purists might want to tune into the Arsenal V Napoli clash tonight but for a bet it might be better to head to Celtic Park where I expect Barcelona to beat Celtic.
Swiss Superleague leaders Basle continue to be under-rated by the bookmakers and their games tend to feature goals. Those with a long memory may recall that they beat Manchester United at home in Group C in 2011 and drew 3-3 at Old Trafford in a game they probably deserved to win.
It’s been quite a slow burn start to the season with some of the big teams faltering, but Manchester City went up several gears in their demolition of rivals Manchester United on Sunday and it’s very hard to see Aston Villa living with them for long.
Taiwan loves it baseball as much or even more than Japan and perhaps even the US, which has competing loyalties from pro football and the NBA. But it has been rocked in recent years by scandal and corruption that sent several players and even a politician to prison for fixing games.
With all the Arc de Triumph trials now run and the race now only eight days away, the betting for the Longchamp spectacular now has a settled look.
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