Andy Murray, Nadal and Djokovic are all into the quarterfinals and it has been relatively impressive with Murray, We can’t help being biased here as brits but considering how it went for him in Rome. but is this the chance he has been waiting for. is his opponents weak enough to let him through
Last year’s winner will have something to say about that as he makes up the Quattro of big names. He faces the erratic Cilic but we think the Swiss will be too tough for him. Meanwhile, Nadal faces his compatriot Pablo Carreno. The young Spaniard has been tremendous getting here but he is the only quarterfinalist who also juggles playing doubles and so his legs will be missing. And if its one player you will need them against, it is Nadal.
Murray faces a stern test against nearly man Ken Nishikori and will do well to make it past him but after that, we think it might be a hurdle too far for a stop-start Murray this year. He will win this one but fall against Djokovic who although stuttering always raises his game at every level. As for the overall winner you will have to wait for our Friday betting tip to see where we land on that one.
Canadian Grand Prix
Kimi Raikonnen looked a broken man on the podium after losing his pole position and eventual win to Sebastien Vettel. The fin is known for his hot temper and he will likely need a few races to calm down before competing at the highest again. The ball is starting to roll with Ferrari though the more expansive Canadian circuit favours the Mercedes driver Bottas and Hamilton.
It is a straight shootout between Vettel and Hamilton for this one. We think that Hamilton will be the fastest in qualifying but with a confident German behind him and a finally performing Ferrari car under him expect fireworks. Vettel for the bigger money or for a real longshot go for Bottas and hope that the two favourites take themselves out of the race.
England vs Scotland
This may just be a friendly match but it will hardly be friendly between these two bitter rivals. Thoughts of the game on Saturday will concur images of William Wallace and Gazza destroying Colin Hendry.
For the first time, Rooney is not joining the squad. This is a dangerous move by Southgate who could lose the old talisman forever. He will be hoping however that the dropping will motivate the score to either work harder for a place at United next year or find somewhere that will give him the games. Rooney has been a disappointment however over his whole career and while club success has not been too hard to find he has struggled with three lions on his chest. Could we be seeing the last of the Shrekmeister general?
England will likely have too much power for England, and with star striker Harry Kane in enviable form ,a big goal haul from him would make sense on paper. Scotland is weak at the back and Kane ended his season with the golden boot. A punt on a hat-trick would not only bring in the money but entertain as well. It will be interesting to see how an England team under Southgate will look, but if the England of old turn up expect a disappointing narrow victory or even worse, a goalless draw.