There are plenty of intriguing international friendlies coming up - here are three of the best bets.
Scotland v Netherlands - Thursday 19:45, Sky Sports
Both these sides narrowly missed out on the play-offs for Russia next summer despite the fact that the Scots won four of six unbeaten games to finish their campaign, while the Dutch won four of their last five. Scotland were unbeaten at home and Germany are the only side to have beaten them in 12 games on their own turf since 2015. They’ve managed 2-2 draws with England and Poland in that time, whilst they were edged out 3-2 in that game against Germany and we expect there to be plenty of goals here too. The Netherlands have kept only one clean sheet in their last 13 on the road, with three of their last five seeing more than three goals. We’re making Over 2.5 Goals our standout selection, whilst we wouldn’t put anyone off siding with the hosts Draw No Bet.
Belgium v Mexico – Friday 19:45
Roberto Martinez’s Belgium are in excellent form at the moment having won their last six and netted eight in their last two. They’re an impressive W14-D4-L1 at home since 2014, with the defeat against Spain, though La Roja and the Italians are the only sides we have ranked in the world’s top 20 that they’ve hosted in that time and so this’ll be one of their tougher tests. Mexico topped CONCACAF qualification and have lost just one of their seven trips to teams we have ranked in the world’s top 20 since 2014, despite conceding at least twice in four of these. Indeed, given the amount of goals Belgium are scoring at the moment, we expect this to be a great watch and so we’re backing Over 3.5 Goals. For anyone looking to get the hosts on side we’d advise the home win and both teams to score as the likes of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Norway, Israel and Bosnia have managed to score in recent trips to Belgium, and Mexico possess a far greater attacking threat than any of those teams.
France v Wales - Friday 20:00, BBC One Wales
Wales felt Gareth Bale’s absence as they were beaten 1-0 at home to the Republic of Ireland in their final qualifier and so won’t be in Russia next summer. They’re without their talisman again here and so we expect them to struggle against a French side that have won four of five unbeaten home games, netting 14 goals in the process and keeping three clean sheets. Wales have scored more than once in just one of their last eight, when they out two past Moldova, whilst they’ve failed to score in five of their last six trips to teams that we have ranked in the world’s top 20. Without Bale, we don’t expect them to give the French defence too much to think about and so we’re backing a home win to nil.