Seeing as I'm missing the Derby today, I have taken solace in some World Cup betting.
I have gone for old foes Argentina to win the tournament at 7-1. Certainly better prices were available on Maradona's men several months ago, but they are still good odds, and wiser than a bet on England. My other punt was going to be on Ivory Coast to beat Portugal in the group match on 15 June. Sven Goran Erikson is a master of preparation, whose teams usually start well (as we saw so often with England it was only when games wore on and events intervened that he struggled tactically) whilst Portugal have been in mixed form for some time.
The difficulty is with the adult baby Didier Drogba now injured, the Ivorians have lost their best player. I'll see how the betting takes shape nearer the match, but an Ivory Coast win now looks a lot this likely.