Right, we’ll call the first week a trial due to the complete failure of all 3 of my bets. I blame the early season unpredictability. There are a few good international fixtures coming up in the next few days so I’ll be having a look at these for this weeks bets.
Switzerland vs England (Mon 7.45pm) - Switzerland +1 (7/20)
Even the most die hard
fans must be pessimistic ahead of the journey to a decent Swiss side. Switzerland
had a promising World Cup, comfortably qualifying from their group and then giving
scare in the second round in a narrow defeat. (We won’t mention England’s
World Cup.) With the attacking threats of Shaqiri & Drmic as well as the
attacking wing backs, Switzerland are slight favourites at 8/5 (England 2/1). England
are missing Daniel Sturridge through injury, and put in a mediocre performance
midweek. However, England are perfectly capable of scraping a 0-0 bore draw
from any game, so Switzerland +1 in the handicap betting at 7/20 is quite
appealing. Shaqiri to score and Switzerland
to win is also a tempting 8/1.
Shaqiri vs Phil Jones...
Andorra vs Gareth Bale (Tues 7.45pm) - Bale to score 2 or more (2/1)
No disrespect to
but I’ll be extremely surprised if Gareth Bale doesn't tear them a new
arsehole. We all know how bad they are, and we all know how good Bale is. He’s
ripped apart teams much better than Andorra
and even though he’s playing in a very average national team, it’s fully
expected to be a comfortable win. Bale is 2/1 to score 2 or more goals, which
is my bet for this game (or 5/1 for a hattrick if you're feeling ambitious). He’s a star player in this team and quality will
ultimately shine through, even if he has half of the Andorran defence
There’s always some value in accumulators for international qualifiers. Some of the odds may be ludicrously short, but there is a reason. It would take a miracle for these teams not to win. You’ll have to put a fair bit of money on for a decent win. £10 on these 7 games over the next 3 days would return £29.62. I’m not wanting to jinx myself here, but unless
have unearthed a 17 year old wonderkid, I really can’t see this not coming in:
start their qualifying campaign with a tricky visit to Austria. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic became their all time record goalscorer midweek with 2
goals, and it’s 15/2 for him to score first and Sweden
to win on Monday night.