IT'S always difficult to find value on international football but one person who seems to be able to do it consistently is Selectabet who has his own method of making money from some of the biggest mismatches on the card.

This week I've invited him to share his tips for the Euro 2016 qualifying matches. Here's what he's got to say.

It's an international week so that means only one thing … time to back against the minnows. I've been doing this kind of bet for a few years now, dating back to 2009 when I landed a 593/1 treble and since then I've had quite a few more winners and several near misses.

The idea is simple. Pick three matches where one of the minnow nations are playing. Cover three correct scores in each match with a nil scoreline for the minnows and hope the opposition score any one of the number of goals you've backed. Let's get started.

Israel v Andorra (Thursday 7.45pm)

On Thursday Israel host Andorra and should win this one without conceding. Andorra have scored just 36 goals in 137 matches, that's an average of one every 3.5 games. They didn't score at all in the World Cup 2014 campaign but they have been showing signs of improvement as they've netted in three of their five Euro 2016 qualifiers so far, all at home. On their travels they've been soundly beaten 5-0 (Cyprus) and 6-0 (Belgium). Away from home they've scored just twice in their last 4 campaigns, a 93rd minute penalty against Belarus in 2009 and a goal on the stroke of half-time against Ireland in 2010.

If we're going to back anyone not to score it's Andorra (although in their history they have scored twice against Israel!).

Israel are still in the mix to qualify from a competitive group but have lost at home to Wales and Belgium and find themselves 5 points behind Chris Coleman's side. They've already beaten Andorra 4-1. The Andorrans scored a penalty (again) while Hemed's 96th-minute penalty for Israel probably made the scoreline look more flattering than it should have.

Previous form against minnows is thin on the ground for Israel. The only team of a similar nature they've come up against recently is Luxembourg over whom they recorded wins of 7-0, 2-1, 3-0 and 6-0 in 2010 and 2014 qualification. They'll be without Omer Damari who scored a hat-trick in Andorra. The Red Bull Salzburg player is ruled out with a broken foot so I'm going to keep the goal spread quite low for this one and cover Israel to win 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0.

San Marino v England (Saturday 5pm)

Hands up if you know who Davide Gaultieri is? No? He's the man who stunned England back in 1993 when lowly San Marino scored within 8.3 seconds (the fastest goal in World Cup history) to take a shock lead over Graham Taylor's side. England recovered to win the match 7-1 and have subsequently knocked in another 24 goals in four matches against the minnows to make it an aggregate score of 31-1 in just 5 games.

And, if you think Andorra are shot-shy then consider San Marino's stats of just 20 goals in 129 matches. That's just one goal in every 6.5 games. Needless to say they've not scored yet in this campaign and have managed just two goals in competitive matches since 2010.

So again it's a matter of how many England will score. They average just over 6 per match against San Marino and beat them 5-0 back in October 2014. Wayne Rooney may be misfiring for Man United at the moment but he'll no doubt relish the opportunity to add to his tally of 48 goals for England on Friday as he chases the record. Outwith Rooney however there aren't a lot of goals in the current squad, in fact between them they've only scored 18 times for their country so I'm not going to get over-ambitious on the correct score spread and will go with 5-0, 6-0 or 7-0 to England.

Italy v Malta (Thursday 7.45pm)

This is where it gets a bit tricky. I toyed with including Ireland's visit to Gibraltar but given the problems that Gib caused Scotland on their recent visit to Hampden I can't confidently say they won't score against the Irish, after all they have scored in four of 12 competitive matches to date. The Irish should keep a clean sheet and I wouldn't put anyone off covering them to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 but I'm turning to the Italians to round off the treble.

Southampton's Graziano Pellè scored the only goal of the game when the sides met back in October in Malta and that result was in keeping with Malta's credible results of late. In fact both sides were drawn in the same group in World Cup 2014 qualification with the Italians winning 2-0 on both occasions. Despite regularly finishing bottom of their group the Maltese can't be placed in the same category as San Marino or Andorra. Already in this group they've scraped a draw against Bulgaria and they won in Armenia in 2013.

That said, they did lose heavily to Denmark (6-0) and Bulgaria (6-0) away from home in 2014's campaign. We need to take a leap of faith that the Italians can keep a clean sheet and that former Coventry striker, and Malta's all-time top scorer, Michael Mifsud can be kept at bay.

As for the Italians, they're making a bit of a meal of qualifying. 3 wins and 3 draws from 6 games leaves them in second place, having scored just 9 goals. A 2-1 win over Azerbaijan (where Chiellini scored all three goals!) doesn't inspire much confidence of a rout over Malta. None of the forwards in this week's squad have scored more than 2 international goals so there's not a lot of goals around the squad. This looks like it could be tight win for Italy. I'm hoping they'll score more than one and am going to cover 2-0, 3-0 and 4-0 for the Italians.

Placing your bet

So to summarise we're placing 3 correct score bets for 3 matches and perming them to make 27 trebles, so that's 27 bets.

  • Israel to win 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0
  • England to win 5-0, 6-0 or 7-0
  • Italy to win 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0

I've researched the best prices and Titanbet are offering by far the best odds for the top-priced treble. If Israel win 5-0, England 7-0 and Italy 4-0 you'll get 654-1 on that treble. Compare that to a measly 307-1 at William Hill – that's less than half your return.

If you don't already have a Titanbet account you can open one here – and you can claim up to £25 in free bets.

Good luck!

  1. jim drew 5 years ago

    is this a lucky 15?

  2. jim drew 5 years ago

    how do I place this bet????

    • JK 5 years ago

      Jim. Put all the scorelines into your betslip and it should offer 27 trebles as the scores on the same games can’t be combines obviously. 27.p on the 27 trebles would be a £9.99 bet

    • JK 5 years ago

      Think I meant 37p

  3. JK 5 years ago

    I picked up this method from your twitter account and I believe I have landed 3 of the 5 I have attempted since following the method. I agree that this is the best chance of profit during the intenational break.

  4. TheBoss 5 years ago

    England game isn’t even on 365!

    • Wolverine 5 years ago

      TheBoss, it is on bet365, England play this Saturday.

  5. yup 5 years ago

    Had good wins over the years using this bet.best results . Champ leag . Europa leag.
    Think italy 4.0 5.0. England 4.0 5.0
    2. X. 2. Double.
    Good luck with u treb

  6. Flash 5 years ago

    Looks good

  7. Green Pesto 5 years ago

    Love this bet, being trying to hit three correct scores
    in a small stakes treble at ridiculous odds this season,
    not landed yet but getting close, good luck everyone

  8. elroachio77 5 years ago

    a like the look of these bets, a dont do online bet, so if a put this on in the bookies do a just write down 27 trebles? thanks

  9. MaccLad2011 5 years ago

    Do you do any insurance bets against the minnows scoring? In-play or pre-match? It’s a treble of btts:no bets.

    Wouldn’t trebles where you are handicapping the big team for progressively bigger winning margins offer less variance? Which of course means less chance of a big profit; but one o.g. or penalty to Andorra and it’s over, otherwise.

    • Selectabet 5 years ago

      MaccLadd, It’s not something I do personally although there’s no reason why you couldn’t. It wouldn’t be the first time a minnow has scored early to beat the bet.

      For me it’s a numbers game. It won’t win every time but at those kind of odds you can afford to hit the mark every now and then and still be in healthy profit.

  10. Richardo 5 years ago

    Mr. F which International bookie can allow me to bet using our own country currency, apart from World Star betting.com, which i have already but doesn’t provide some betting options! YOUR HELP WILL BE OF GREAT VALUE TO ME AND WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED.

    • Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      Richardo, re the currency query I have no idea. It’s something I need to know.

  11. ryan 5 years ago

    I like this as well.

    I have landed 1 correct score double at 100/1 recently although I only 30p on it!

    Still, landing 3 correct scores is insanely hard, but on these kind of games when we can assume the away side won’t score it is possible.

    I would caution against Italy though, in 80 fixtures at home, going back over 12 years, they have only won 1 fixture by more than 3 goals, that a 5.0 win over the Faroes so when they win, they rarely give anyone a spanking while Malta only conceded 3 goals on one occasion in their last 12 fixtures with no more than 2 goals conceded in any of the other 11 fixtures.

    Good luck with these, I made try it myself tonight

  12. anton 5 years ago

    I’ve been doing these bets for years and like MR F had a few up at great odds. I even had a joint line of week winner in the Daily Record a few years back at odds of 16,000/1. that was 4 matches = 81 x 5p fourfolds. Odds were a bigger then.
    Andorra have beaten me a few times.

  13. Dariusz 5 years ago

    The good thing about these bets is that you can cash out if all the matches start at approximately the same time and the score is correct sooner or later in each game.

    Other than that, these bets are very risky – with low chance of success, but with high possible profits (200-1? 300-1?).

    I have one suggestion: switch one “to nil” score in every match to a “to one” score. For example: switch 6-0 in the England game to 6-1. It makes the bet a little more secure, just in case the other team scores somehow.

  14. Richardo 5 years ago

    Mr. F i was meaning the bookie that can allow me use my country currency for placing bets, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA ABOUT THAT?

    • Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      Richardo, I know what you meant but it’s the same answer. Maybe try putting the question into google.

  15. 02ba 5 years ago

    Iv been doing this lately but a little different. Last night I had
    £1 on 3-1 Belgium. @12/1
    £1 Norway 3-1. @25/1
    £1 Italy 3-0 @12/1
    £1Holland 3-0 12/1
    And £1 on accumulator which paid out £55231
    Obviously u only need to get 1 right to double ur money but at the same time u have a chance to win big for £5. It makes a crap card/night fun

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