So, football might well be ‘coming home' after all? England's win over Denmark set up a classic Euro 2020 Final on Sunday against two-time winners Italy and it should be a cracker.
The Danes proved worthy semi-finalists at Wembley but wilted under heavy England pressure, eventually succumbing to a “debatable” penalty which was scored on the rebound by Harry Kane in extra-time.
Home advatage seems to be shaping the betting market for the match with England installed as early 8/5 favourites to win inside 90 minutes with the Italians chalked up at 9/5 with Bet365. On the outright market Gareth Southgate's men are 4/5 to lift England's first major trophy in 55 years whereas the Azzurri are even money to end their 31 year wait to be crowned European Champions again.
Harry Kane's goal against Denmark moved him to within one of Patrick Shick and Cristiano Ronaldo and he's now 7/2 to finish the tournament as top scorer.
England's most influential player has been Raheem Sterling and the Man City star is 7/4 to be named Player of the Tournament. Italy's defensive rock Giorgio Chiellini could be a lively outsider at 10/1. The 36-year-old has been magnificent for the Italians and if he goes on to lift the trophy following another towering defensive display he won't be far away from the minds of those who decide the winner of the individual accolade.
Whilst you buckle yourself in for wall-to-wall build up ahead of the final there's another classic to look forward to on Sunday morning in Brazil. The hosts will meet old rivals Argentina in the final of the Copa America after Emiliano Martínez saved three penalties in last night's shoot-out to book their place in the final. That should be another classic.
Ahead of that this week we have the start of the Scottish football season with the Premier Sports Cup kicking-off on Friday night.
Thursday and Friday's action comes in the early hours from the MLS and Tolu has three games covered in his match previews below…
Upcoming Match Previews & Tips
- Thu 0.30am – Montreal Impact v New York City FC Preview & Tips
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- Fri 1.30am – New York Red Bulls v Philadelphia Union Preview & Tips
Thursday's Racing Tips
Rizzel has two selections from Newmarket for the start of their July Festival..
The countdown to The Open is on and traditional warm-up event the Scottish Open tees off on Thursday at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick. The Caddy is on the case and presents his three players to watch plus his customary match bet NAP. Don't miss his tips for across the pond too, where it's the John Deere Classic in Illinois.
As always, let us know your tips and predictions for Thursday in the comment section below and good luck with all your bets!