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Warren Ashurst

Warren Ashurst
Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast. Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.

‘The Iceman’ Stenson to land New York spoils

Shinnecock Hills provides arguably one of the toughest challenges in golf at this year’s US Open and Henrik Stenson, dubbed the ‘Iceman’ for his composure on the course, can clinch victory in Southampton on Long Island. It will be the fifth time the venue in New York has hosted the US Open and the world’s […]

Come On – Look Out! Go for goals in World Cup opener

It’s finally here, the World Cup kicks off this week! Thursday sees the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia, with the likes of Spain, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and Uruguay all in action before the end of the weekend.   Russia v Saudi Arabia BTTS @ 6/4 It may not be the most appealing […]

World Cup Group H – Poland should fear early elimination

Group H: Colombia, Senegal, Poland, Japan Colombia (2/5) and Poland (10/19) are the favourites to progress from Group H, but Senegal could prove to be the surprise package. Colombia have the fire power in Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Carlos Bacca to seal their place in the knockout-stages, with Jose Pekerman’s men 8/1 to be […]

World Cup Group G – England must top the group

Group G: England, Panama, Tunisia, Belgium Most punters and pundits will expect to see England and Belgium finish in the top two of Group G (7/4 Straight Forecast – England 1st / Belgium 2nd) and finishing top could be crucial. Not only will the Three Lions want to make a statement by finishing above the […]

World Cup F – Germany to cruise low scoring group

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Defending champions Germany (28/1 to win all matches in the tournament) should be able to progress at a canter, despite some controversial selection decisions. Joachim Lowe’s choice to leave Leroy Sane, Emre Can and Mario Gotze at home may come back to haunt him, but their absences should […]

World Cup Group E – Serbia to chase home Brazil

Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Serbia Brazil are the favourites (4/1) to lift the trophy on July 15 and are not expected to have too many concerns in qualifying from Group E. With Neymar (7/1 to win the Golden Ball) back to full fitness, the five-time winners will envisage winning the group and potentially […]

World Cup D – 2018 Group of Death

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria All four countries in Group D will be optimistic about their chances of making the knockout stages, in what looks like the toughest group of the eight. Argentina are not surprisingly the 20/33 favourites to win the group, mainly because of one man – Lionel Messi! Although they have […]

World Cup Group C – Peru and Denmark battle for second

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark France are the clear 10/31 favourites to win Group C and it looks like a battle for second place behind Les Bleus. Didier Deschamps has arguably one of the strongest attacking line-up of any squad at the World Cup and are the 3/1 favourites to be the highest scoring […]

World Cup Group B – Rivals ready to secure easy path

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran Group B looks like a straight shoot-out between Iberian rivals Spain and Portugal as to who finishes top of the pile. The pair meet in their first group match on June 15 (Match Betting – Portugal 7/2, Draw 12/5, Spain 10/11) and if there is to be a winner, […]

World Cup Group A – Hosts face qualification struggle

Group A: Uruguay, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt Many people might be surprised to hear that Russia are the lowest ranked team going into the tournament, but their recent form suggests they will struggle to get out of Group A. The hosts (9/5 to be eliminated in the group stage) have not won any of their […]