International Betting Corner

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 England 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 Argentina a 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 against Norway 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 Andorra, 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 man-marking him.

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 Liechtenstein have unearthed a 17 year old wonderkid, I really can’t see this not coming in:
Denmark vs Armenia
Germany vs Scotland
Faroe Islands vs Finland
Russia vs Liechtenstein
Spain vs Macedonia
Croatia vs Malta
Bosnia vs Cyprus

LONGSHOT BET: Sweden 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.