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Brazil v Spain


Brazil v Spain
Confederations Cup Final
TIME: 11pm, BBC


That worked out well last night.

Sidaz Jack won the final of the Greyhound Derby in grand style and with a recommendation of 4 points on him (SP 6/1) and a loss of 6 points on the other selection trap 3 Ballymac Vic we ended up with a profit 18 points on the day !!

Hopefully, we won’t give too much of that back on tonight’s Confederations Cup Final between Brazil and Spain at 11pm. Hands up, I got it totally wrong in the semi-finals with Spain – who I advised for the win – but inside 90 minutes.

In the end they did it the hard way – 0-0 after normal time and getting the better of a quality penalty shootout against Italy who play Uruguay at 5pm for the third place.

All the money on Star Sports has been with Brazil so far today and they are narrow favourites for the 90 minute win. But it’s close on the market with precious little between all three outcomes.

Luiz Felipe Scolari believes victory over world champions Spain in Rio de Janiero tonight will show the world that Brazil are ready to win the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Brazil have not lost a competitive match on home soil since a defeat to Peru in 1975. Scolari said: “Victory will send a message that Brazil are on the right road to win the World Cup,” he said. “Even if we don’t win but play well and show we are in good shape, it will also send a message.

The head-to-head records go back to 1934 and don’t really tell us a lot apart from they generally produce low scoring games.

13 Nov 1999 Friendly, Spain 0:0 Brazil
12 Sep 1990 Friendly, Spain 3:0 Brazil
08 Jul 1981 Friendly, Brazil 1:0 Brazil
01 Jun 1986 World Cup, Spain 0:1 Brazil
07 Jun 1978 World Cup, Brazil 0:0 Spain
06 Jun 1962 World Cup, Brazil 2:1 Spain
13 Jul 1950 World Cup, Brazil 6:1 Spain
27 May 1934 World Cup, Spain 3:1 Brazil

It’s not a match I want to stake too much on (and will try and preserve last night’s win) but can easily see a low scoring game and a probable stalemate after 90 minutes.

(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)
4 points under 2.5 GOALS Brazil v Spain
3 points DRAW Brazil v Spain

(+18 points Saturday)


Taxpayers will fund a refurbishment of two toilets used by peers and VIP guests at the Palace of Westminster – at an “eye-watering” cost of up to £100,000.

The men’s and women’s lavatories in the House of Lords are in “unacceptable condition for the high profile area they are in”, according to an advert inviting contractors to bid for the work.

The rooms are not the only toilets in the building and are not particularly big, with one cubicle and two urinals in the men’s toilets and one cubicle plus a hand basin in the women’s.

However, the costs will not be helped by the fact that the work must comply with English Heritage requirements for grade one listed buildings.

It includes replacing “historic oak panelling”, minor demolition work, new decorations and new sanitary equipment.

The toilets – used by peers, staff and visitors from delegations from overseas parliaments – were built in 1937.

They have reached the “end of their serviceable life” and give a “poor image” of the Palace of Westminster, the tender document adds.