The next round of World Cup qualifying games looks set to guarantee entertainment as countries scrap for vital points to secure a place at the big tournament in Brazil next summer.
All of the home nations are in action on Friday night with England hosting Moldova, Wales away to Macedonia, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland hosting Portugal and Sweden and Scotland entertaining Belgium.
Here are our best bets ahead of Friday’s action.
England to beat Moldova by four or more goals
Roy Hodgson’s side seem like the perfect place to start and England to beat Moldova by a winning margin of at least four goals looks a decent bet at 7/4 with Bet365.
England thumped Moldova in the reverse of this fixture 5-0 and despite a number of injury worries Hodgson has ahead of the game, England should have more than enough ammunition to produce a convincing performance across 90 minutes.
Olivier Giroud to score at any time against Georgia
Arsenal’s main front man has been in superb form for his club so far this season and he should be looking to carry that across onto the international scene.
Giroud is a best price of 10/11 with Coral to score at any time in this match which is worth a small investment at just the wrong side of evens. He should start the match based on his club form.
Marco Reus to score first against Austria
Borussia Dortmund’s play maker is a best bet of 9/2 in several places across the betting market to score the first goal against Austria.
With Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose both likely to start the match, they should have enough between them to pin back the Austrian defence which will create more space for Reus to operate in and he has shown with Dortmund that he’s just as capable of scoring goals as he is of setting them up.
Belgium to beat Scotland
It’s amazing that the Belgians aren’t at a much heavier odds on price than 3/4 in most places to beat the Scots.
Scotland are never an easy side to play when they are at home but Belgium have a very talented team with an extremely solid defence, which means they should be confident of withstanding any spells of pressure Scotland can put together before cashing in on the counter attack.
Sweden to beat the Republic of Ireland
Another decent bet to go for is Sweden to win away against the Republic of Ireland at 17/10 with BetVictor.
The Irish will raise their performance levels for this match but Sweden have a good blend of experience and talented younger players, with the ability to dominate the 90 minutes. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to lead their attack.
What are your tips for Friday’s matches?
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