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Reflection Ascot Bound After Easy Success In Sandy Lane

Reflection Ascot Bound After Easy Success In Sandy Lane

By Dave Stevos

Well what a performance that was by Quiet Reflection in the Group 2 Sandy Lane at Haydock on Saturday. Readers of my ‘Saturday’s Race Of The Day’ article hopefully snapped up some of the 10/1 available during the week and increased their betting bank for Epsom next weekend. Karl Burke’s string is in tremendous form and exciting times lie ahead for connections.

Dougie Costello rode her with supreme confidence and she travelled easily out the back for the first three furlongs. As the more fancied runners battled it out entering the last two furlongs Costello just gave her a little a squeeze to make up ground and when he pressed the button the response was immediate. She showed an astonishing turn of foot to put the race to bed entering the closing stages, and she left her rivals floundering in her wake. She has been cut for the Britannia at Ascot from 20/1 into 8/1 and if she turns up there in the same form it is hard to see her getting beat.

Hugo Palmer may have been disappointed to see Gifted Leader getting beaten in the Sandy Lane, but he can console himself with Home Of The Brave’s battling win in the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes. He was desperate to get a victory on the board with his first runner for Godolphin, and the son of Starspangledbanner showed guts and determination to hold off the late challenge of Ryan Moore on Convey. Palmer has suggested that he could be off to the States for his next race, so it would be advisable hold off on backing him ante-post for Ascot if you fancy him until his plans become more concrete.

Last week’s longshot, Weapon Of Choice, was well backed throughout the day and was sent off at just 9/1 (advised at 16/1). However, he could only manage to finish a well beaten fifth, almost 12L behind the winner Cymraeg Bounty. He was slowly away then rushed up to lead before fading badly in the closing stages. I still think he has another race in him but he needs some more help from the handicapper.

This week’s longshot of the day goes in the 2.15 at Redcar, a 5f class 5 handicap that will be run on good to firm ground. Mininggold, a 3yo daughter of Piccolo, is trained by Tim Easterby and this filly could step forward on what she has shown this season back on a sound surface on turf. She has won 2 of her 12 starts, a 5f maiden at Carlisle on good and a class 5 handicap at Catterick last September off 65.

She comes here after a couple of poor efforts this season but she can be excused her comeback run at Pontefract as the 6f trip and good to soft ground were against her. She also had excuses last time at Newcastle, badly hampered at the start and never managing to get into the race. She actually did well to stay on for 6th and it was the first sign of life from her this season. The Easterby yard has been ticking along nicely and they fired in a double on Saturday. Mininggold is back down to a mark of 66 now, just 1lb higher than her last winning mark. I think she is overpriced at odds of 33/1 and, with 17 runners in the field, hopefully she can sneak a place in the first four in a wide open race.

Dave’s Long Shot Of The Day: 2.15 Redcar: Mininggold e/w @ 33/1 Bet365

Saturday’s Race Of The Day

Saturday’s Race Of The Day

by Dave Stevos

This Saturday the highlight has got to be the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock and you can catch all the action live on Channel 4 at 15.45. William Haggas has won it twice in the last ten years and he is represented by Ajaya in this year’s renewal. Favourites have an excellent record in this 3yo race with seven of the last ten obliging. No winner has been priced bigger than 6/1 in that period (Adaay last year) and this season’s edition looks a tricky puzzle to solve. Below are my thoughts on the main players in what looks an intriguing contest.


Weight: 9st 3lbs
Official Rating: 114
Best Odds: 12/1 Skybet

This 3yo colt is a son of Invincible Spirit and he is very well related on his dam side. He comes from a yard with a good record in this race, and indeed Haggas won it last year with Adaay. This fella took a couple of races to learn his job, but when he clicked he just took off. He hacked up in a maiden at York (5.5f gd) and then went agonisingly close in a Group 2 at Maison Laffitte (5.5f gd).

He made up for that head defeat in fine style at York in the Group 2 Gimcrack (6f gd) and he did it impressively. The 2nd home that day, Ribchester, went on to be third in the 1000 Guineas at a big price so the form is rock solid. He signed off last season with a cracking effort in the Group 1 Middle Park when he came home fourth, a couple of lengths behind Buratino. If he is 100% fit for his seasonal reappearance he could run a big race at Haydock on Saturday.


Weight: 9st 3lbs
Official Rating: 117
Best Odds: 5/1 Stan James

This typically tough Mark Johnston son of Exceed And Excel had 8 races last season and only once ran below form. The highlight was undoubtedly his Royal Ascot win in the Group 2 Coventry (6f gd to fm) when he beat the highly touted Air Force Blue. That rival turned the form around next time at the Curragh in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (6f gd) but there was too much juice in the ground for Buratino that day.

He signed off last season with a close second in the Middle Park at Newmarket (6f gd) when he had Ajaya a couple of lengths behind. He ran no sort of race on his seasonal return in the 2000 Guineas (8f gd to sft) but both the trip and ground were against him. That will have blown away the cobwebs and the drop in trip on better ground looks sure to suit. A big run would come as no surprise and he beat Gifted Master at Newmarket (6f gd) last season off level weights in a novice event. He has to concede 3lb to him this time though, and that could make all the difference at Haydock.


Weight: 9st 3lbs
Official Rating: 115
Best Odds: 6/1 Boylesports

This son of Dream Ahead has been the pick of his promising young sire’s progeny so far. He failed to win a maiden but he did nothing but improve as the season progressed. He hasn’t looked back since landing a nursery at Ayr off 88 (6f gd), following up in Listed company in good style at York (6f gd to sft) on his next run.

He then headed to Maison Laffitte in France for his first crack at Group 2 level and he ploughed through the soft ground for an easy 5.5L success. He was then stepped up to Group 1 level at Saint Cloud (7f very sft) and he ran a very creditable race in fourth, never nearer but staying on well. He would like to see plenty of rain falling before Saturday comes but the forecast is not in his favour. If the heavens open it will increase his chance, but he hasn’t run for quite some time and he may well need this outing to put him right. I think he is best watched today and he could be one to stay longer trips later in the season.


Weight: 9st 0lbs
Official Rating: 115
Best Odds: 7/4 Bet365

This trailblazing son of Kodiac has looked a hugely exciting prospect this season. He is a dual Group 3 winner, landing his first at Newmarket last year (8f gd) by half a length from Beacon Rock. He returned to action this season with an easy victory at Newmarket (6f gd to sft) before following up at Ascot last time in devastating fashion.

He made mincemeat of the field in that Group 3 contest (6f), relishing the good to soft ground and storming to a 2L victory under Pat Smullen. The result was never in doubt and he kept on really well. The fact that he has won over 8f and 7f proves that he has stamina in abundance and Smullen will ride him aggressively from the front again. If he can break quickly from stall 7 and get to the front he could be hard to peg back. He has a favourites’ chance and with race fitness on his side he is sure to be popular with punters.


Weight: 8st 11lbs
Official Rating: 110
Best Odds: 7/4 Bet365

Henry Candy is one of the shrewdest handlers in the business and this daughter of Hellvelyn looked a very exciting prospect last year. She is lightly raced but she has shown huge ability on her last two starts. She hosed up in her maiden at Newbury (6f gd to fm) and Candy showed how highly he rated her by stepping her into Group 3 company on just her third start.

She repaid her trainer’s faith in style at Salisbury in the Dick Poole Fillies Stakes (6f soft), showing a smart turn of foot on the easy ground to demolish the field by almost 5L. Atzeni just pushed her out under hands and heels and he gave her just one smack for the cameras inside the final furlong. It was a visually impressive performance but she may well be best with a bit of cut in the ground and for that reason she is best watched, unless the rain arrives.


Weight: 8st 11lbs
Official Rating: 109
Best Odds: 10/1 Paddy Power

This daughter of Showcasing is another massively exciting prospect and she is the current flag bearer for the Ontoawinner syndicate. She has been a credit to her trainer Karl Burke and she has won four of her five career starts. After winning her maiden first time out at Hamilton (5f gd to sft) she was stepped into Group 2 company at York (6f gd to sft) on her next run. It was possibly too much too soon for her and she finished fifth, 7L behind the winner Besharah.

That experience looked like it stood to her on her next start when dropping back into Listed company at Ayr (5f gd). She won that race in impressive fashion, storming clear and showing a good turn of foot in the process. She showed that was no fluke on her final run of last season, taking a Group 3 at Newmarket (5f gd to sft) by nearly 3L. She reappeared in Chantilly last month in a Group 3 (6f heavy) and held off the late challenge of Jimmy Two Times by a head. She should come on for that and she will be fitter on Saturday. She looks a big price and she is one to be interested in each way.


This really is a cracking contest with some seriously talented animals in the field. Gifted Master is a worthy favourite and he will make a bold bid from the front. However, Ajaya is another that likes to get on with things and if they take each other on they could set the race up for a closer. Buratino looks overpriced at 5/1 dropping back in trip on better ground, but his 3lb penalty tempers enthusiasm.

At the current prices the one that I like each way is Quiet Reflection at odds of 10/1 with Paddy Power. This filly made a pleasing return to action in France and with that run under her belt she will be even better on Saturday. She should be suited by a strong pace over this trip and she will get that with Gifted Master and Ajaya in the field. She gets weight from them all bar La Rioja and I think this fast filly can run a huge race and reward each way support at odds of 10/1.


Hymn Can Hit The Right Notes In The Brigadier Gerard

Hymn Can Hit The Right Notes In The Brigadier Gerard

by Dave Stevos

The second of the Group 3 races on Thursday night at Sandown is the 10f Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes. Just the 7 runners go to post in this competitive race at 7.40pm, which is unfortunate for each way backers. The ground will be on the quick side of good so there should be no excuses for the market leaders. Time Test has to carry a penalty and he concedes 5lb to the rest of the field.

Intilaaq (Hanagan/Varian) is the current jolly at 15/8 and this 4yo son of Dynaformer will be popular with punters. He showed some decent form last season and he is rated just a pound lower than Time Test at 117, from whom he receives 5lbs in weight. He won 3 out of 4 on home soil last season, including a Group 3 at Haydock (10.5f good to firm) on his final start of the season. His only defeat last term came behind Gleneagles in the Guineas at Newmarket. He reappeared with a cracking effort at Meydan back in March (9f good) when only 3L behind the winner in a Group 1. Ground and trip should be fine and on ratings he should have the measure of Time Test with the allowance he gets in weight.

Time Test (Moore/Charlton) was a winner at Group 2 level at Newmarket last year (8f good) and he also bagged a Group 3 at Ascot (10f good to firm). He also won 3/4 on home turf last season, his only defeat coming behind Arabian Queen at York when the good to soft ground was against him. He stays the trip, he is bred to be a superstar and if he is fully fit he could be hard to beat. However, the lack of a recent run is a big worry and at odds of 11/4 with Paddy Power he doesn’t appeal as being overpriced, especially as he has to carry a penalty. For those reasons I think he is best watched for today.

Western Hymn (Dettori/Gosden) is back to defend his crown in this race and he will be cherry ripe having had two starts this season. I was at Chester when he was runner up to Cannock Chase (G3 10.5f good) and it was a cracking effort seeing as he had to come from well behind. He was closing all the way to the line and I think the return to Sandown will suit him. He was a dual Group 3 winner last year, including this race (good to firm) and he is sure to appreciate coming back to this track. I think he looks a touch overpriced at odds of 4/1 with BetVictor, and he will be hard to beat if things go his way.

Of the rest Scottish is returning after a long absence for a new yard and he is best watched at odds of 8/1 with Betfred. The Appleby yard is ticking along nicely but this could be a bit of a discovery mission, even if he did run well first time up last year for his old yard. Fire Fighting deserves a mention too, but he has it all to do in this field. He is caught between a rock and a hard place at the moment as he is just below Group Level but his options are limited in handicaps off his mark of 106. He should run his usual solid race but it is hard to see him troubling the best of these. Western Hymn is a confident selection for Dettori and Gosden in what should be a very informative race.

Stevos’ Selection: Western Hymn @ 4/1 BetVictor

Burmese Looks The Bet In The Henry II

Burmese Looks The Bet In The Henry II

by Dave Stevos

There is a cracking card of flat racing at Sandown on Thursday night with a couple of Group 3s to be run, as well as a Listed event. The first of the Group 3s is the Henry II Stakes (16f) and the race is due to get underway at 19.05 with the ground currently described as good. Max Dynamite is the market leader for Mullins, Ricci and Ryan Moore and on ratings he is the clear form pick. A repeat of his run at the Melbourne Cup would make him hard to beat. However, his lack of a recent run is a worry and this is almost certainly just a stepping stone towards bigger and better things in the summer. His odds of 1/1 with Betfair look a bit skinny to me and there is better value to be found elsewhere in the 5 runner field.

Pallasator (Murphy/Prescott) is next best in the ratings but he has to carry top weight of 9st 6lbs, 4lbs more than the market leader. He has been a fine servant to connections and he was a Group 2 winner at Doncaster last December. However, just like the favourite he is making his seasonal reappearance and in as competitive a race as this he would need to be at his very best to win. 16F around here on good ground might just be a bit sharp for him on his first run back and at odds of 5/1 with Betfred he is possibly best watched on this occasion.

Suegioo (Hanagan/Fahey) is a 10/1 shot with Skybet and he has gone a long time without a win. His last victory came in the Chester Cup (18f good) back in 2014, though he has admittedly ran some cracking races in defeat since then. He is 2lb better off with Burmese after beating that rival by a head at Doncaster last time when finishing 4th. However he got a much clearer run than Burmese on that occasion and I think the Tregoning horse can improve past him with a bit more luck. Frosty Berry has improved at a rate of knots and it would be a fairytale if she could win. She was rated just 61 last November and she is now rated 103. She loves to get her toe in though, and the ground won’t suit at Sandown.

Burmese (Buick/Tregoning) is definitely the one to be interested in here at odds of 9/2 with BetVictor. He was denied a clear run at a crucial stage on his debut at Group 3 level at Ascot (16f good to soft) and the return to better ground here is a big positive. He hacked up off 87, again at Ascot (16f good), in a handicap last October and there could be more to come from this promising 4yo son of Sir Percy. There is no shortage of black type or stamina on the dam side of his pedigree and with race fitness assured he can run a huge race on Thursday. He is a confident selection for what should be an intriguing Henry II stakes.

Stevos’ Selection: Burmese @ 9/2 BetVictor

Classic Win For Keatley Is One For The Dreamers

Classic Win For Keatley Is One For The Dreamers

by Dave Stevos

Well what a weekend of racing that was at the Curragh. Awtaad struck for octogenarian trainer Kevin Prendergast in the 2000 Guineas, beating Newmarket hero Galileo Gold by the guts of three lengths in mightily impressive fashion. He looks to be a serious tool going forward and he can be backed at odds of 16/1 for the Epsom Derby. The suitability of the distance of that race is a worry on breeding though, and if it were up to me I would keep him to a mile and head for Royal Ascot.

The 1000 Guineas produced a fairytale result with up and coming trainer Adrian Keatley landing the prize with the trailblazing filly Jet Setting (pictured above). The rain arrived at just the right time for this daughter of Fast Company and she battled back brilliantly after being headed by Minding in the closing stages to prevail by a head in a thrilling finish. It was a superb ride by Shane Foley and she relished the cut in the ground at the Curragh.

Admittedly it would likely have been a different result on quicker ground, but there are plenty of options for this filly now going forward and given the right conditions she will be hard to beat. She cost just 12k at the sales back in October and it is a win that gives hope to all the smaller yards and owners that dream about having the horse of a lifetime.

Keatley is in absolutely red hot form at the moment and he will want to keep the good run going at Ayr on Monday. He has fired in trebles on his last two visits to the Scottish track and he is double handed there this time with Mo Henry, a course and distance winner 28 days ago (good to firm) and Millefiori, who hacked up here over 9f (good to soft) 5 days ago. The ground at Ayr is currently described as good to soft and there are showers forecast.

The ground conditions will be identical for Millefiori tomorrow and as she escapes a penalty for her recent win she is well in off the same mark. She should be fine over this shorter trip of 8f and as long as this run doesn’t come too soon she looks to have a favourite’s chance. The ground is a worry with Mo Henry and if it comes up soft it will be a big negative for his chance. Joe Fanning is booked for the ride on both of Keatley’s horses so they won’t lack assistance from the saddle. Given the ground conditions I would be of the opinion that Millefiori has the best chance of the two, but it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see them both win.

Every Monday I will be back here with my thoughts on the previous weekend’s action and a long shot of the day. I will also be previewing all of the biggest races in the coming months, exclusively for BettingTools. Hopefully we can get off to a winning start with our first long shot of the day, Weapon Of Choice in the 16.15 at Ayr. This fella has won 5 races during his career on ground ranging from heavy to good, so more rain before racing won’t be a worry.

Trained by the in-form Dianne Sayer and ridden by her daughter Emma, this 8yo son of Iffraaj is looking very well treated at the moment. He races off a career low mark of just 70 tomorrow, a full 13lb below his last winning rating. That last victory came back in 2013 at Epsom (10f good) so it has been a long time between drinks for Weapon Of Choice. However, his last couple of runs (over timber and on the level) have shown that he still retains a fair bit of ability and dropped into 0-70 company he could run well at rewarding odds.

Dave’s Long Shot Of The Day: 4.15 Ayr-Weapon Of Choice @ 16/1 Paddy Power

England v Turkey Match Preview

England v Turkey Match Preview

Competition: International Friendly
Fixture: England v Turkey
Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Kick off time: 5:15 pm, local time

With UEFA Euro Cup just a few weeks away, the leading teams across Europe are gearing up for the football bonanza. The countdown to the tournament starts on Sunday, as England play host to Turkey in a friendly match.

England’s form: W-L-W-W-L

Roy Hodgson has got his work cut out for the coming few weeks, as he has to finalize the 23 man squad for the Euro Cup and decide on the starting XI. The three Lions last played Netherlands in a friendly fixture, where they lost the match by 2-1. They had incurred a similar defeat at the hands of Spain too, in a similar setting. However, they have also gathered a couple of impressive victories against France and Germany, whom they defeated by 2-0 and 3-2 respectively.

Their campaign in the qualifiers for the Euro Cup was particularly impressive, having gone unbeaten throughout. However, given that they had a relatively easier group with the likes of Switzerland, Slovenia and San Marino playing with them, it is of no surprise to see them do so well.

England’s last major silverware came in 1966, when they won the World Cup. Their best performance in the European Championship was recorded in 1996, when they finished at the third place. As for the last season, they reached the quarter-final, before losing to Italy on penalites.

This time around, they have got themselves a pretty strong squad which is capable of going the distance. However, they still need work done in the midfield, especially with the inconsistency of Jack Wilshere and Fabian Delph.

Turkey’s form: W-W-D-W-W

Turkey haven’t been defeated since 2014, when they lost to Brazil by 4-1 in a friendly match. Since then, they have maintained an impressive winning streak which is yet to broken. Fatih Terim’s men last played Sweden and Austria, whom they defeated by 2-1.

Even in the European Qualifications, they did a splendid job as they managed to qualify for their first major tournament in eight years. Despite being handed a tricky group with Czech Republic, Netherlands and Iceland playing side by side, they finished third in the table. After starting out on a shaky note, they found their rhythm and managed to overcome all odds to reach the main tournament.

However, it will be certainly intriguing to see how far they can go. If they can repeat their performances from their match against the Holland here, then they do have a fighting chance. This friendly fixture against a much superior team is just what they need, in order to analyze their squads better and eventually, figuring out the suitable starting XI.

Key Players and Team News:

England: They will be missing the lads from Manchester United – Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Chris Smalling, who are involved in a FA match right before the game. Despite that, they still have the upper hand here, with the presence of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane in the attacking line-up. The duo have had a terrific season with Leicester and Tottenham respectively, and they are sure to carry on the same momentum further. Vardy’s incredible goal scoring streak is certainly a huge boost for the forwards, as the pressure on them to perform is relatively less.

With Gary Cahill set to miss the match due to a minor injury, Dele Alli has been asked to step up in his absence by the coach.

Turkey: Seeing that their squad for the Euro Cup has names which have experience of playing mainly in the country’s domestic league, they will be a step behind when it comes to facing the big guns. Hopes will be on Selcuk Inan and Burak Yilmaz, who have been the goal scorers for the country in their previous few matches.

Nuri Sahin has been brought into the side after having an injury plagued year. The Borussia Dortmund player had to wait for a year before making his debut in this year’s season. His lack of form may spell further troubles for Turkey. However, he will be supported by Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, who has had a decent season with side.

To make things more difficult for them, they have also been dealt a major blow with the absence of Arda Turan for this crucial fixture, as the Barcelona midfielder is committed in a cup tie for his club.

Betting Advice:

England’s players are in a much better form than their opponents. With all their bases well covered by experienced players, it will be difficult for the visitors to find the net. They are sure to win at 1.44. You can also expect Harry Kane to score a goal at any point in the match at the odds of 2.25.

England v Turkey Betting Preview

England v Turkey Betting Preview

Euro 2016 fervor will pick-up momentum as England will begin preparations this weekend with the first of their three final warm-up games. All eyes will be on players hoping to book their ticket to France as England welcome Turkey at Old Trafford on Sunday, 22nd May.

Roy Hodgson has already named his initial squad of 26 players and would be looking at these games to squeeze out the unlucky three. The squad was largely on expected lines barring the surprise call-up to teenage striker Marcus Rashford and the omission of Theo Walcott.

Rashford and his Manchester United team-mates Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling would miss this game owing to their club engagements – as United play the FA Cup final on Saturday. Liverpool could also be without representation as Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Milner and Daniel Sturridge should be tired from their exertions in the Europa League final midweek.

That leaves the focus solely on the blue-eyed strikers of the season – Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. There is pressure already from all quarters on Hodgson to include these two ahead of Rooney and if they impress against Turkey, it could add wind to the sails of those suggestions. There is depth in midfield too with Danny Drinkwater, Eric Dier and Fabien Delph eager to grab the chance lest risk being cut out from the final squad for Euros. And of course, fit-again Jack Wilshere will hope to grab some attention from the middle of the park.

Turkey are an ideal preparation for England, considering their silent rise up the FIFA World rankings. They are currently ranked 13 and just three places below their hosts. Having qualified from a tough group behind the Czech Republic and Iceland, Turkey would be confident of surprising the Three Lions. Especially because they have upset the Netherlands and went unbeaten in their eight qualifiers since October 2014.

The Turks may not have scored even a single goal in their ten previous encounters against England but do not discount the quality of their squad. The Fatih Terim coached side boasts of the creative midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu of Bayer Leverkusen and the rock-solid Arda Turan of Barcelona. These two would be the prime threats for England to maintain their aggregate of 31-0 against Turkey in ten previous matches.

Team form

England are currently ranked 10 in FIFA World Rankings and have shown glimpses of their form in the qualifiers. They have won six of their last eight matches losing only to Spain and the Netherlands in friendlies. Having managed five clean sheets in their past eight matches, England would be looking forward to dish another commanding performance against the Turks.

Turkey carry some commending form of their own into this fixture staying unbeaten in their last eight matches. Beating Sweden and Austria in the recent international friendlies should give them confidence ahead of the weekend match. Not known to be heavy scorers, Turkey nevertheless have scored in 11 of their previous 12 international matches. On current form, they should break the duck against England.

Key players and team news

England will miss a lot of key players because of their participation in Europa League and FA Cup finals. But there is a lot of depth and competition in this squad that their absence is a blessing in disguise for many England hopefuls. Kane is fresh off winning the ‘Golden Boot’ award in Premier League and would be eager to carry his club form to international level. And with Rooney absence for the game, the Tottenham forward could lead the line and revel in the role.

For a nation that prides itself on being a stubborn team, Turkey would be embarrassed by their record of scoring no goals against England in ten previous encounters. Breaking that duck would depend on the creative skills of Calhanoglu, especially in dead-ball situations. Another player to watch out would be Burak Yilmaz who would look to take advantage of Calhanoglu’s runs.

Betting advice

Looking at the history of this fixture, one would be tempted to put money on an England win to nil. Kane will be itching to continue his goal-scoring form which makes him an ideal bet to score anytime in the game.

Turkey may not have performed admirably against England in the past but their recent performances suggest that the turnaround in fortunes is just around the corner. As such, backing them to score in the game is not an outrageous option.

Friendlies often are used to test the squad especially if they come so close to a major tournament. Expect both the sides to score goals and not to gift even an inch to the opponent.

Best bet

Both teams to score at 2.25 with Betfred.