ONE glance at tonight's coupon told me bookies hate international friendlies just as much as punters.
Look at William Hill's coupon prices, for example. Italy v England – both teams 6-4, Northern Ireland v Finland – both teams 6-4 and Scotland v Australia – home 7-5, away 8-5.
What the bookies are basically saying is: We're not sure who should be favourites in these games. And no wonder.
Betting on friendlies is fraught with danger but especially so at this stage of the season when many players involved haven't yet played a competitive match.
So the best bet could be to throw in a few draws – or not have a bet at all. I'll not be doing much but as always will have a small wager for a bit of interest.
Home boss Craig Levein is missing a whole raft of players and has caused a fuss by pulling in Third Division midfielder Ian Black of Rangers who is in line for his first cap.
Up top the absence of the likes of Kenny Miller, Jamie Mackie and Steven Fletcher for various reasons means Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes will earn his first start as a lone striker – possibly earlier than anticipated.
It will be a tough task for Rhodes who is 9-2 at bet365 to score the opener.
England have lost a host of players for their trip to Italy but the home side are also weakened so again it's a difficult one to call with the draw at 9-4 with Ladbrokes favoured in Switzerland.
Northern Ireland v Finland also looks a close call as does Wales v Bosnia. The Welsh are a biggest 17-10 at William Hill and are boosted by the return of Gareth Bale as well as players who enjoyed their Team GB experience at the Olympics. However, I'd prefer to take Wales draw no bet at 11-10 at Ladbrokes.
Republic of Ireland are back in action after their Euro 2012 flop and visit Serbia without the likes of Shay Given, Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle. Serbia have lost all three games under new boss Sinisa Mihajlovic who has named a young squad with no recognised centre-forward.
I'd been looking at Serbia at 1-1 (various) but under 2.5 goals at 4-6 with Betfred could be the best call.
Elsewhere there are big guns in action as Germany face Argentina, Belgium entertain Holland and Sweden meet Brazil. If the South Americans name strong starting line-ups they could worth a look but I'd like to see teams before making a judgment.
Holland have four uncapped defenders in their squad and that could play into the hands of Chelsea new boy Eden Hazard who will be out to impress. Consider him at 10-3 with sportingbet and Coral to score at any time.
For those looking at dreaded odds-on shots the best bets could be South Korea (8-13, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes) at home to Zambia, Portugal (3-10, Ladbrokes) at home to Panama and Iceland (2-5, BetVictor) at home to the Faroes.
So good luck with your best, keep stakes small and check kick-off times which range from 5pm to the early hours of the morning.
Draws at Scotland, England, Nth Ireland and Belgium
(Perm any 3 and all 4 = 5 bets)
South Korea, Portugal, Iceland
(Pays a biggest £31.60 to a £10 stake at Ladbrokes)
Hazard to score
(10-3, Coral, sportingbet)