The Women’s World Cup gets underway this morning as co-hosts New Zealand and Australia start the party Down Under.
With the Kiwis kicking off at 8 am, I’m steering clear of their game with Norway as most punters will still be having a kip or eating their breakfast.
But Australia’s opener starts at 11 am and it will be interesting to see how they fare against the Republic of Ireland.
Some pundits have tipped the Aussies as dark horses for the tournament with home advantage and they’re as big as 12/1 with SkyBet to get their hands on the trophy.
They should certainly top Group B, with most firms pricing that outcome at 4/7, and Australia are 3/10 hot favourites for a win in their opener, with Ireland as big as 10/1.
Chelsea’s Sam Kerr will lead the line and she will be key to the Matildas’ hopes. The striker is 21/20 with BetVictor for anytime scorer against Ireland and that looks good value.
There are also Europa Conference League qualifiers tonight, with plenty of Welsh and Irish sides in action.
Dundalk let me down last week when they drew a blank in Gibraltar against the Magpies but should get the job done back at home.
Backing the Irish side to be winning at half-time and full-time pays evens at BoyleSports and that looks terrific value despite last week’s stalemate.
Derry City find themselves in the same situation after a 0-0 draw against Torshavn in the Faroes last week.
With the minnows tough to break down, most goals could come in the second half and that pays 6/5 with William Hill.
Crusaders upset the odds to draw 2-2 with Haka in Finland last week and will fancy their chances of finishing the job at home.
After four goals in the first leg, I’m on over 2.5 strikes in the return and it pays a best 21/20 at VBet.
Nothing stands out in the other three ties involving Irish sides but Welsh outfit Connah’s Quay Nomads need to go for it against Akureyri.
The Icelandic team lead 2-0 from the first leg and with Connah’s Quay going on the attack I fancy over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (BetVictor).
Following Wednesday’s winner in South Korea, Thursday’s Football Bet of the Day sees Greg head to Iceland once more, and he likes the possibility of goals in the capital.
It’s the final major on the golfing calendar as The Caddy looks to The 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, Merseyside, England.
Rizzel likes a pair of 9/2 chances for Thursday’s night racing at Leopardstown and Epsom.
As always, let us know your best betting tips and predictions for today in the comments section below and good luck with all your bets!
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