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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Soothsayer



Due to floodlight failure in Tbilisi, the Georgia vs. Russia match was called off just short of halftime, and they will try to play again in November. England turned in a gritty performance in Slovakia against all sorts of adverse conditions, coming back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 with goals from David Beckham and Michael Owen. Even Scotland managed a win against the Icelandic under-12 side, and Tuesday it also beat Canada. Two wins in a row! The next thing you know, they'll be holding up the World Cup.

In the NFL, I backed another unbeaten side, the Oakland Raiders by tipping them to win as they went down to the St. Louis Rams 28-13.

EUROPE





It's back to the domestic scene after the latest round of European 2004 qualifiers. The big match in the English Premier League this weekend is Leeds vs. Liverpool. European action next week could well play on the Merseysiders mind as they will be coming to Moscow on Tuesday to play Spartak. Of course Liverpool will not want any injuries, and so I doubt they'll be taking any chances. I can't see Terry Venables' side capitulate as easily to the Reds as they did against Arsenal. So with no big injury worries to either side, I think this one will be a draw at 3.25-9/4.

Fulham plays host to Manchester United, but with three Champions league wins already under its belt, Alex Ferguson's worries are slightly less than Moscow's resident Fulham supporter, Bob the Builder -- he has already shaken my hand and conceded a victory for the Red Devils. United in its current form should be backed at 1.80-4/5.

There is only one match in the Russian Premier League this weekend. Lokomotiv will be bidding to take back its No. 1 slot from CSKA when it plays Torpedo in a Moscow derby. They are also in European action next week, but this is not a worry as there is only one thing of importance to Lokomotiv, which is to win the Russian Championship for the first time since 1937. It will go a long way toward doing that if it beats Torpedo Zil. Back them at 1.25-1/4.

In Italy there is a great match on Saturday night as Juventus visits the San Siro stadium to play Inter Milan. Both sides are involved in the Champions League and placed first and fourth, respectively, in the Serie A. Inter has opened the season with four straight wins, but Juve has drawn twice at home. On current form, Hector Cuper's team should clock up yet another win against the men from Turin at 2.30-13/10.

Saturday also sees the British Rugby League grand final between the Bradford Bulls and Saint Helens. Both teams are at full strength, except for a small doubt over the Saints' Paul Newlove. This one is a close call, but I'm going for the marginal outsiders and reigning champion -- back the Bulls at 2.00-Evens

UNITED STATES





Miami Dolphins are 5-1 and are looking strong every week, especially after their dramatic finish last week -- a 53-yard field goal with six seconds remaining that won the match for the Dolphins against Denver. Can they do the same against the Bills this week? I think they can. Back them -- 3.5 points at 1.90-9/10.

With only one of my selections actually playing and winning last week, the kitty has increased by only $14 and now stands at $130.

CHARITY BET



The charity tipper made sure the charity didn't lose out by having 750 rubles on England to win at 1.40-2/5 in Slovakia, so 1,050 rubles has been added to the pot, which now stands at 28,255 rubles.

BET OF THE WEEK



$20 Double
Arsenal to win1.91-10/11 (6 p.m. Saturday)
Miami Dolphins to win -3.5pts 1.90-9/10 (9 p.m. Sunday)
Possible winnings -- $73

Frank Caruana is the manager of Sportland. Contact him at Soothsayer@imedia.ru