International Football – 4 to Watch

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012

With a population that could nearly fit three times over into Wembley Stadium, San Marino’s visit this weekend to play England really does make you think ‘What is the point?’. San Marino have just one victory in their history – against Liechtenstein in April 2004 and incredibly have gone over nine years without even scoring a goal away from home. Even Heskey would score!

The bookmakers have mainly found the handicap around the -5.5 mark, meaning England have to win 6-0 or better to turn it over. When you see the likes of Montenegro won their most recent game 6-0 away in San Marino you have to think England can do better. We’ll take the 8/11 Ladbrokes will give you on England winning at -5.5. If you like small odds, England are 2/11 for a ‘win to nil’ with Bet365, Given that’s been the case in all of San Marino’s last 22 away games, you have to say it’s actually good value.

The Welsh welcome Scotland on Friday night in a battle of the home nations and the bookmakers have Scotland as slight favourites. Wales have lost five on the spin under Coleman, scoring just one goal and we don’t think taking the captaincy off Aaron Ramsey will change their fortunes. Incredibly Wales haven’t drawn any of their last 42 games and in truth a draw does little to help either side this weekend. We’ll back Scotland at 2.72 on Betfair, a side which has actually only lost two of their last 11. It won’t be pretty but the Scots should edge it.

Emile Heskey scored the last time a side beat Germany in a World Cup Qualifier and we give Ireland no hope on Friday even at 8/1. They were comprehensively outclassed against Spain and Italy at Euro 2012 and Georgia and Cyprus are the only two sides they’ve beaten on home soil in the last two World Cup Qualifying Campaigns. The value could be in backing both sides to score – it’s happened in all nine of Germany’s most recent games. We’ll back that outcome at Evens with Bet365.

Since stumbling into the Quarter-Finals at Euro 2012 it’s all been going wrong for the Czech Republic, who are now without a goal in four games. Malta are a massive 33/1 to win the game and whilst a victory remains very unlikely we’ll happily back them with a few goals headstart given the Czech problems in front of goal. It’s also worth noting Malta haven’t conceded more than three in any of the last 20 games which makes the 11/10 Bet365 will give you on them with a +3 headstart, look like a great bet.

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