Sports Betting: Friendlies

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

With the Euro qualifiers just a few days away, I’m gazing into my crystal ball and looking at the best of this week’s international friendlies to offer you some handy sports betting tips to help add spice to the midweek games.

England v Norway, Wednesday 3 September 20:00

Roy Hodgson’s team will be hoping to put the summer’s disappointment behind them and prove their worth against Norway tomorrow. Although it doesn’t look like it’ll be a massive turnout at Wembley, I’ll be backing the Three Lions to win. Expect goals from both sides, though, as England’s inexperienced team are unlikely to keep a clean sheet.

Carl Calls It: A £10 sports bet on England to win 2-1 could win you £85 at William Hill.

Germany v Argentina, Wednesday 3 September 19:45

This is the game of the week for me and we should be in for a treat with a rematch of the World Cup final. Both teams will be missing several star players though, including Messi for Argentina and Lahm, Mertesacker and Klose for Germany. It should still be an exciting game with Martino’s men looking to exact revenge on the World Cup winners. Will the newly crowned World Champions show what they’re made of?

For Germany the game may simply feel like a warmup for the start of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign which begins against Scotland on Sunday. Complacency has never been a German weakness, so this game is tight to call.

Carl Calls It: The reigning World Champions may still have the edge, but for this game I’ll be putting my money on a 1-1 tie. With odds of 11/2, a £10 wager at bet365 will return £65.

Italy v Netherlands, Thursday 4 September 19:45

Despite Netherlands giving by far the more impressive performance at the World Cup just two months ago, these teams are more evenly matched than you might think. Both sides have recently undergone managerial change, with Guus Hiddink replacing van Gaal for the Dutch and Antonio Conte stepping up as the Azzuri boss.

However the Italian side seem to be lacking any extraordinary talent at the moment and Balotelli’s omission from Conte’s squad will certainly not do them any favours.

The bookies have the Azzurri winning with odds at William Hill 13/10 for the Italians to secure victory, but I’m putting my neck out and going for something riskier on this one.

Call Calls It: Place £10 on Holland to win and Robben to score with William Hill for a £60 return.