This week, we go over to the International Fixtures, with the last two rounds of European Championship Qualifying fixtures over the coming days. In this article, we’ll cover the first round of fixtures, which are available to bet on now. As usual, international fixtures often come with some remarkably high odds, as the bookies find it far more difficult to compare two teams who only play each other, at most, a few times every five years. In keeping with that, I’ll be looking to find bets which I think have a great chance of landing, and which are at higher odds than perhaps they should be.
Bosnia play Wales at home on Saturday with Welsh fans hoping that their team will secure the point they need to guarantee their presence at the European Championships in France next summer. Bosnia certainly aren’t a bad side and they will still have their sights set on third place in the group, but I fancy Wales’ desire to be greater, knowing they just need a point to qualify automatically – a superb achievement. Comparing the two sides, both have some great players, but Wales have a bit more quality for me, particularly in Williams, Bale and Ramsey, the latter two who have proven they can be real matchwinners. You can get unbelievable odds just on Wales to win, but I’m taking Wales or Draw (Double Chance) at best odds of 1.95 with Boylesports.
Portugal face Denmark in what is sure to be a tight affair between the top two sides in the group: Portugal know a win or even possibly a draw is likely to ensure that they finish in one of the automatic qualification spots, whilst Denmark will be wary of Albania hot on their tail, and will also want to keep it tight. For that reason, I’m backing Both Teams NOT To Score in this tie – this bet will win as long as there is no goal in the match, or only one team scores – at best odds of 1.84 with MarathonBet.
ROI take on Germany in Dublin with a win securing their position in the top 3 of the group, and, at the very least, a place in the playoffs; conversely, World Champions Germany know that a win will secure their position as one of the automatic qualifiers in the group. I think both teams will go for a win here, and with players like Muller and Gotze hitting form, and being pitted against what I believe is a fairly average ROI backline, I can see goals being scored in this game: I’m backing Over 2.5 Match Goals at odds of 1.75 with BetVictor.
England face Estonia at Wembley after successfully navigating their group to become the first team in Europe to officially qualify for France 2016 through the qualification system. England are sure to face much sterner opposition at the Championships than they have in their group so far, and even a makeshift XI is sure to blow opponents Estonia away. Grab England at a handicap of -1 at favourable odds of 1.50 with SkyBet.
Finally, Slovakia face Belarus at home, knowing that dropped points in their last two matches have meant they’ve gone from sure-fire favourites to qualify automatically as group leaders to sweating on whether they will make the automatic qualification spot, with Ukraine hot on their trail. However, I fancy the Slovaks, who have some quality players in their line-up, to really get their act together against Belarus, and am backing them to win at great odds of 1.61 with 10Bet.
Put these five selections in an ACCA and it pays 12/1!