BETTING on friendlies carries a wealth warning so as usual the advice is to see line-ups before having a bet if possible

I hate pointless internationals and Scotland's clash against Costa Rica last week was a case in point.

After Alex McLeish revealed his starting XI I told anyone listening in the office – to be fair I'm usually ignored – to back Costa Rica.

Big Eck's side contained too many debutants and was too experimental to test the World Cup finalists but the result didn't matter so criticism was over the top.

On Tuesday McLeish may include fewer youngsters in Hungary and again the advice is to hold back betting until just before kick-off. From last week's squad Grant Hanley, Matt Ritchie and Scott McTominay have returned to their clubs while new skipper Charlie Mulgrew could be used sparingly with Blackburn in action on Thursday.

The Hungarians are in disarray and Friday's 3-2 home defeat to Kazakhstan was a shocker. Scotland should win it but best could be Scotland draw no bet at evens with McBookie.

For the straight win we are 19-10 at Marathonbet while Hungary are flimsy favourites at 7-4 with Unibet.

Glamour friendlies tonight include England v Italy, Spain v Argentina and Germany v Brazil.

England are 11-10 at bet365 to beat an Italian side in transition and who failed to qualify for Russia. They were well beaten by Argentina at the Etihad while Gareth Southgate's men played well to win 1-0 in Holland.

The other two games should see goals and a both to score double pays 23-10 at 10Bet. Lionel Messi has been cleared to play in Madrid after missing the Italy game through injury. He is 9-2 with bet365 to score first.

The meeting of Germany and Brazil is the first since the Germans battered them 7-1 in the World Cup semis. Brazil will of course be without Neymar but managed fine without him in Russia.

Colombia won 3-2 in France on Friday and are 4-9 at Sky Bet to beat Australia at Craven Cottage. The Aussies lost their first match under Bert van Marwijk 4-1 in Norway and IF they go strong this looks a banker.

Egypt tackle Greece after going so close to beating Portugal. Mo Salah put them in front but they lost to two Cristiano Ronaldo strikes in injury time. If Salah starts he could worth a look at 9-2 with bet365 to score first or 7-4 at bet365 to net at any time.

Russia were rumbled 3-0 by Brazil last week and the second lowest-ranked side in the World Cup finals now tackle France who are just 4-7 at William Hill.

I hope these suggestions help and what will help more is teams and after I see them I may add some recommendations. Anyone with firm team news could post it here.

  1. mal c 3 years ago

    Paul ,

    That must be a bonus having Grant Hanley out the team I think Oliver McBurnie has got that Mo Johnston look about him and the way he runs could be a find as he’s not scared to get a shot in a wee bit of work on him

    • Mr Fixit 3 years ago

      Hanley’s got his faults but at least has experience – I’d rather he’d picked Berra to help the youngsters.
      McBurnie looks a good prospect but not quite ready for international football yet. Sooner we get Leigh Griffiths back the better.

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