The international break can be a frustrating time for football fans and punters alike – particularly when it is just for a series of friendly matches, capsule but this weekend is slightly different with a number of high-profile fixtures offering plenty of enjoyment.
Here are the pick, cheap and some accompanying betting tips.
Italy vs Spain
Two of the most decorated teams in European football will go toe-to-toe on Thursday night when Italy welcome Spain.
Udinese will be the host of this encounter between the two teams that battled it out for the last European Championship in 2012, viagra 60mg and while Spain were the victors that night the Italians will be hoping for some redemption on home soil.
Italy have been rocked by the news that boss Antonio Conte will quit his job after the summer tournament, with the rumour mill going into overdrive that he will take the hot seat at Chelsea. Their preparations have been unsettled then, although as one of just four teams to go through their Euro ’16 qualification campaign unbeaten they will be full of confidence.
Spain will be looking for a hat-trick of European Championship wins in the summer, and after waltzing through qualifying with a 100% win record they look primed to do just that. They have surprisingly dropped the in-form Diego Costa for this friendly though, although in Aduriz the Spaniards have a fantastic replacement at their disposal despite the frontman’s advancing years.
Italy are a tough nut to crack, especially at home, and despite the attacking talent on show this is unlikely to be a high-scoring affair. That’s why Italy with a +1 handicap at 1.60 is the best of today’s football betting tips from Bet Advisor.
Holland vs France
The standout match on Friday sees the Netherlands, who incredibly won’t be at Euro ’16, welcoming the tournament’s hosts France to Amsterdam.
This is a Holland side very much in transition, with a number of young players likely to be given their chance to shine here following a disastrous qualifying campaign which saw the Oranje well and truly usurped by the unlikely group winners, Iceland. They have lost three of their last six matches, so change is long overdue.
France haven’t played many competitive fixtures of late as they qualified for their own European Championships automatically as hosts. But of their friendlies they have won five of their last six, including impressive victories over Germany, Portugal and Denmark.
The fact that France have avoided defeat in eight of their last ten matches with Holland is telling (six wins, two draws), and you can expect a similar theme on Friday with a French team that has firmly established themselves as a contender for the summer tournament.
They can call on the in-form Premier League pair of N’Golo Kante and Dimitri Payet, while in attack Kingsley Coman will be given a chance to impress following a string of fine performances for Bayern Munich.
Germany vs England
On Saturday a clash between two of the biggest rivals in football history will receive plenty of attention. A strong Germany outfit will host an England side very much in transition, so the Germans’ price of 1.80 looks very tempting indeed on home soil.
England have been deprived of the likes of Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling and Wayne Rooney due to injury, while Germany will be at full strength bar the loss of the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger and reprimanded Max Kruse, who has been dropped by Joachim Low after a series of off-field misdemeanours.
As if they needed any further help, history is on Germany’s side too. They have won nine of their last twelve meetings with their old enemy, and incredibly there hasn’t been a draw in a match between these two since 1982.
There have been some iconic moments between these two sides over the years, including England’s controversial win in the final of World Cup ’66, Frank Lampard’s ‘was it or wasn’t it’ disallowed goal in the World Cup of 2010, and one of the most famous victories in the history of the Three Lions: 5-1 against the Germans in their own back yard in 2001.
This might only be a friendly, but you can guarantee the intensity will be high.