International Friendlies Betting Preview
Fans of the Premier League will have to cope with a weekend off, as a round of international friendlies are in store for the coming week. It’s a good opportunity to get excited for this summer’s World Cup in Russia however, and there are certainly some interesting matches to take in.
England have a difficult double header against Holland and Italy, with a trip to the Johan Cruyff Arena first up on Friday night. It’s former Everton manager Ronald Koeman’s first game as Holland boss, and the game marks the start of a new era for the Oranje.
One player spearheading the new Holland attack is ex-Manchester United forward Memphis Depay. He’s rediscovered his best form since joining Lyon, and clearly thrives off being a side’s protagonist. He’s netted three times in his last three matches for his country, and he’ll likely see the match as a good chance to prove himself against some former teammates and Premier League opponents. You can back Depay as an anytime scorer at 3/1 with Betfair.
Look to Jesse Lingard for an England scorer – the attacking midfielder has started three times for the senior side, but his recent form will probably see him make the starting XI. He links up really well with United teammate Marcus Rashford, who’s also likely to start due to Harry Kane’s injury. We think a Lingard assist to Rashford is on the cards, so back the latter to score anytime at 13/5 with Paddy Power. It’s tough calling the rest of Gareth Southgate’s starting eleven, and he’s clearly not sure what his best side is either from his recent comments.
The home side are in good form of late – they’ve won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions and haven’t lost to England in their last seven head-to-heads. The Three Lions are also in good form – they’re unbeaten in six but were unable to score in matches against Brazil and Germany. We think a draw is on the cards here, with lots of in-game changes likely to impact on the flow of the game. A draw can be found at 23/10 with Unibet.
Southgate’s side have got five clean sheets in their last six outings, and whilst this fixture has averaged over 2.5 goals in the last three meetings, we’re backing under here. Back a draw and under 2.5 at 11/4 with Betfred.
Fast forward to the following Tuesday, and England face another international giant missing from the World Cup. Like Holland, the Azzurri are in something of a transition period with a number of newcomers joining up with the squad. One of the more experienced players to watch our for is Lazio forward Ciro Immobile. He’s been in deadly form in Serie A this season, and he’s ready to lead the line for his country.
We wouldn’t back him to score though – in fact, an England clean sheet is more likely to come from this fixture than the clash with Holland. This England side are much more accustomed to playing at Wembley, and have kept three clean sheets in a row there – including those ones against Germany and Brazil at the end of 2017. You can back 0 Italy goals at 8/5 with Ladbrokes. Alternatively, you could back under 1.5 goals at 2/1 with Boyle Sports.
If you fancy a flutter on a game that doesn’t involve England, then why not make it on Germany’s Friday night clash with Spain – if all else fails, at least you should get to watch a decent game of football. The two international football giants are among the favourites to lift the 2018 World Cup, and they could land an early psychological blow in this one.
Both sides are on an incredible unbeaten run – neither has lost a match since being knocked out of Euro 16. The tally stands at 16 games for Spain and 21 for Germany, and it certainly gives this friendly an extra edge, with both sides playing for pride. Given the abundance of talent on display, we’re definitely expecting an entertaining match, but recent results between these two suggests that entertainment doesn’t necessarily correlate with goals. Recent head-to-heads have been low-scoring tactical battles, something we’re predicting once again.
Under 2.5 goals really doesn’t give you any worthwhile benefits, so why not try backing under 2.5 goals and a draw at 3/1 with BoyleSports, or stick your neck out even further and go for a correct score of 1-1 at 6/1 with William Hill. Both sides have the attacking talent to score a goal, and they might decide that they’d rather continue their winning run than go for broke come the final stages of the match.
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