CHILE failing to win and Alexis Sanchez not scoring downed both Thursday’s tips as they were held 1-1 at home to Colombia.
Highlight of Friday night is the Euro 2016 play-off between Bosnia and Ireland and I’ve posted a full preview.
Elsewhere it’s about international friendlies which I hate – what’s the point of them?
England travel to Spain with Jamie Vardy the latest to drop out although the Leicester striker and Wayne Rooney could play against France on Tuesday.
That leaves Harry Kane as the only available striker for Roy Hodgson who says his line-up will be experimental. England haven’t lost in 15 matches over 17 months but this is a tough test.
Spain will be without David Silva, Isco and Sergio Ramos and the likes of Celta Vigo’s Nolito, Manchester United’s Juan Mata and Chelsea’s Diego Costa could all start. The Spanish are rightly 4-5 favourites but I don’t know if I want to back anything on the WDW.
Key team news for Wales v Holland is the fact Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are missing. Holland are also missing – from Euro 2016 – and it will be tough for their hurting stars to lift themselves for this one. Could be dull and low scoring.
Arjen Robben’s return is a boost and some will back the Dutch at 21-20 with Skybet simply because Wales without Bale is like a bird without wings.
The world’s best team – that’s Belgium in case you missed the latest world rankings update – will try to live up to their billing at home to Italy. They are 11-10 with William Hill and could be worth taking as Italian boss Antonio Conte is also experimenting – check out line-ups before having a punt.
Euro 2016 France are 7-5 with William Hill and Paddy Power against world champions Germany who are without the likes of Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Mesut Ozil. Without troubles Karim Benzema the French may look to Antoine Griezmann for goals. France have won their last four friendlies and I don’t see them losing against weakened rivals.
Looks like Northern Ireland are putting out a strong team and if they do should beat Latvia in Belfast. They are a best 7-10 with the likes of Paddy Power and Betfred. Kyle Lafferty scores the bulk of their goals and he is 6-4 at William Hill and bet365 to net again.
While I can see both scoring in Alicante a game that should produce is Poland v Iceland. The Poles have named a full squad including Robert Lewandowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Łukasz Piszczek and Jakub Błaszczykowski with Arkadiusz Milik the only key absentee.
Fellow Euro qualifiers Iceland have Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Ragnar Sigurdsson on board and this should be a positive game with neither side having anything to prove. We saw how porous the Polish defence can be at times but they will always be confident of outscoring opponents.
There are also African World Cup qualifiers including Niger v Cameroon, Liberia v Ivory Coast and Swaziland v Nigeria. I don’t have time to research them as it’s deadline day for my Daily Record columns and I’m on the sports desk tonight but any tips or insight will be welcomed.
Having thought about it long and hard here are today’s tips – but please consider making this a no-bet day. I did but I’m not afraid to lose a couple of points as I know there are better cards around the corner and I’m confident of making a profit on Saturday weather permitting.
2pts Super Single
(1-1, William Hill)
1pt Top Treble
Northern Ireland (7.45pm)
Poland v Iceland btts (7.45pm)
France not to lose (8pm)
1pt Long Shot
Pjanic to score first
November Super Single total
17 bets (5 winners)
21 bets (5 winners)