IT’S always risky betting on friendlies but I was a bit unlucky as I chose not to go with Scotland after they were cut from 4-5 to 4-6.
Scotland were my Super Single in the Daily Record on Wednesday and I toyed with the idea of putting them up as a 10-pointer but 4-6 was to short when 4-5 had previously been available.
In the end I took Scotland plus Germany/Germany HT/FT. Joachim Low didn’t name as strong a side as expected but it included big names such as Reus, Goetze and Ozil and should have been good enough. But fair play to the Aussies for drawing with the world champions in their own backyard and without star striker Tim Cahill.
Luckily the usual suspects posted some winners, with goals bets again proving their worth, so it was a decent day in the main.
I’m afraid it’s all about friendlies again tonight with the standout match being France v Brazil in Paris. PSG defender and Brazil skipper Thiago Silva returns for his country after missing that 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat to German but his clubmates Marquinhos and David Luiz are injured.
Arsenal’s Gabriel Paulista has been drafted in for the France game and another friendly against Chile in London on Sunday.
France will be without crocked Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and I’ll hope for more team news on Thursday.
There are no other European teams in action and I’ve decided not to put up any tips on today’s games having had a look about. Ivory Coast interest me at home to Angola but the game’s really an excuse to have a party to celebrate their African Nations Cup success.
Keeper Boubaccar Barry and Kolo Toure will take part even though they’ve retired from internationals and all the big guns are there including Yaya Toure, Cheick Tiote and Wilfried Bony. By contrast Angola’s squad is picked from national league players with no European-based stats chosen.
So Ivory Coast should win and they are 2-5 at Skybet but can they be trusted to play – or to party? I’ll let you decide.
World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar are involved in another friendly at home to Algeria and in this one the visitors have travelled with their main men including Spurs’ Nabil Bentaleb and Sporting’s Islam Slimania. Qatar remain a weak international side and Algeria look decent at 19-20 at bet365 but you can’t get away from the fact it’s an exhibition.
So while I may have a punt on Ivory Coast and Algeria the top tip I’m putting up is for England v Lithuania tomorrow. I’m putting 10 points on England to win to nil in a bid to cut the Super Single losses before the end of the month. It’s not chasing because 10 points is my maximum daily allowance – and I may even do the same bet on Friday.
England should win this one easily – and I’ll put up a full preview tomorrow – and they’re unlikely to conceded. Lithuania are omn of international football’s lowest scorers and in their last two qualifiers against Switzerland and Slovenia they’ve lost 4-0 and 2-0 respectively. Even against San Marino they won just 2-0.
If England win to nil I’ll wipe out the Super Single losses by Saturday if the team I’m likely to pick wins at 12-5.
There is no goals tip at the moment but if raaljaca puts up one I like I may nick it.
10pts Super Single
England to win to nil (Friday)
Super Single March record
27 bets (8 winners, 17 losers, 2 void)
Goals March record
18 bets (8 winners, 10 losers)
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