Mar 24: International Friendlies Preview


BETTING on international friendlies features low on my list of favourites. So if you want to get involved tonight make sure it’s for low stakes – and even better see team line-ups before getting involved.

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has named two squads for tonight’s clash at the Czech Republic and Denmark next week.

It’s clear he’s experimenting ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers but the Czechs have a date with destiny in the summer having reached Euro in 2016.

They did it in style by topping a group that featured Iceland, Turkey and Holland and their squad features uncapped Sparta Prague trio of Martin Frydek, Lukas Marecek and Jakub Brabec who will be looking to impress.

I’m siding here with the side who have more to play for in terms of what’s around the corner and the Czechs are a best 4-5 with Betfred. The draw pays 11-4 at Betfred with Scotland a best 15-4 at McBookie.

Matej Vydra is the Czechs’ top striker and is 39-18 at 888sport to score. Strachan could start with Ross McCormack and he is 31-10 at McBookie.

Two qualifiers meet in Cardiff as Wales challenge Northern Ireland without the likes of Gareth Bale. Aaron Ramsey, James Collins, Andy King, Paul Dummett and David Edwards.

Bale and Ramsey carried the Welsh through qualification with nine of their 11 goals and in their absence I won’t be on the home.

Michael O’Neill’s Irish are unbeaten in eight and have called up QPR striker Connor Washington, who was eligible for Scotland, for the first time.

Wales and the Irish are two of the lowest-scoring nations to make to it France and considering the players out best bet here could be under 2.5 goals at 1-2 with Ladbrokes. I’m also looking at a draw at 11-5 with Betfred.

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