Weblog: The football punter
History beckons for improving Turkey
I must admit, England's friendly against Turkey has crept up on me a bit.
It seems like only Saturday that we were watching the FA Cup final and suddenly it's full steam ahead towards Euro 2016.
Still, it's out patriotic duty to have a punt on an England friendly, even if half of Roy's boys are putting their feet up after end-of-season club exertions.
Turkey have developed into a decent footballing nation so it's a surprise to discover through this website's fine head-to-head tool that they've got a woeful record against England.
The Three Lions have handed out a couple of 8-0 stuffings to the Turks, as well as a 4-0 and a 5-0, and Sunday's visitors haven't scored against England in ten attempts.
The best policy with research like that is to completely ignore it so I'm having a small bet on both teams to score.
There'll be a bit of fatigue in the legs, plenty of tactical tweaks and experimenting with personnel and, hopefully, lots of defensive errors.
Hibernian landed the Scottish Cup for the first time in 114 years on Saturday and I'm backing Turkey to make their own little piece of history in Manchester.