Ashley Cole will receive his 100th cap for England tonight when the Three Lions take on Brazil at Wembley tonight. The Chelsea man has been England’s first choice left-back for more than a decade but to say he’s a fan favourite would be like saying that Piers Morgan is ‘well-loved’ in the UK. Despite his off-the-pitch antics every one of Cole’s caps has been a start but he is still to find the back of the net for England. Could tonight be the night? He’s 19/1 to find the onion bag at any time.
Brazil are likely to start with Neymar and Ronaldinho up top and Neymar has had a cheeky dig at the Three Lions in today’s papers. The 21-year-old Santos man is valued at £50 million and believes England will never win the World Cup because they are a ‘one-man team’ with Wayne Rooney the only match-winner in the squad. Hopefully a few of the lads can prove Neymar wrong tonight with England 11/5 in the betting.
There’s a whole host of mediocre friendlies knocking around tonight but if you search hard enough you can find a few diamonds. Spain take on Uruguay, Holland face Italy and France play Germany in some of tonight’s stand-out ties.
In some games, arguably not as exciting as those, Ireland, Wales and Scotland are all in action at home to Poland, Austria and Estonia respectively.
Today’s racing in the UK and Ireland comes from Carlisle, Kempton, Ludlow and Southwell. For all the racing information at home and abroad keep an eye on Paddy Power’s weather update right here. We can assure you he’s a touch more reliable than Michael Fish.
Owned by JP McManus, trained by Jonjo O’Neill and ridden by AP McCoy. With such a trifecta of racing excellence it’s little wonder Shutthefrontdoor has racked up five wins from six races so far. Running in the 4.05 Carlisle today this horse takes part in its first handicap and will be running with twelve pounds less than top weighted Quartz De Thaix. Could Shutthefrontdoor open the door to a healthier balance for you? Quite possibly!
Mike Catt has been throwing a bit of praise Owen Farrell’s way ahead of the mouth-watering Six Nations clash between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium this weekend. Catt, who won the World Cup and the Grand Slam with England, says that Farrell is showing the same ability as Jonny Wilkinson.
‘Wilko was one of those rare, young play-makers — tough, focused and capable of shutting out the world when he was playing’, Catt told The Sun newspaper. ‘Owen has the same mentality’.
‘Watching him kicking for goal, the deliberate preparation is very similar’.
Big talk indeed for England’s number 10, but will he be able to shut out a sold out, noisy Aviva Stadium on Sunday? Paddy Power can’t pick a winner and it looks set to be a close one with the handicap betting set at scratch (0).