It’s a quiet week on the football scene, with only really international friendlies taking place. I’m not a massive fan of getting involved in friendlies – for obvious reasons, and tonight is no different.
If you are interested in England V Denmark, Roy Hodgson’s men are a best price of 4/6 with Coral. It’s hard to know what represents decent value in friendlies, as you can never really be sure of what the strength of the team is going to be, or just how committed some of the players will be.
Tonight England are expected to hand Luke Shaw his debut at left-back, meaning no Leighton Baines, which as things stand – is presumably weakening the England team (although some would rightly dispute that theory already, given how impressive Shaw already looks).
What other experiments do England and Denmark have in mind though? And how many changes will be made throughout the 90 minutes? These are the reasons why I treat friendlies with an extreme amount of caution.
If you are betting on tonight’s match, and you fancy the draw, it is a best price of 14/5 with Skybet. While tonight’s visitors to Wembley are a best price of 11/2 with Bet365 (£50.00 Free Bet on mobile to existing or new customers).
Onto the World Cup, and there is now less than 100 days to go until the big kick-off. England are 33/1 with most bookmakers to pull off the impossible. The shortest price I have seen for them is 25/1 with Paddy Power.
At long last an England manager has seen fit to bring in a psychologist to assist the mental side of things, and in particular, England’s continued failure in penalty shoot outs.
Dr Steven Peters is widely renowned as the best psychologist out there, and this is the man who got Ronnie O’Sullivan in decent mental shape, so Peters’ excellent reputation is certainly well earned.
The England squad also have the benefit of Steven Gerrard’s insight. Steve Peters has been working with Liverpool this season, so Gerrard is already familiar with Peters’ work, and can – presumably – recommend him to the rest of the squad.
Peters can obviously only have a limited effect on the squad, he can’t turn them into better footballers than the Spanish or Brazilians, but he might just be able to get them that one round further should they come across yet another penalty shoot-out