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International football betting preview

5/9/2014
With the Premier League taking an early break only three games into the season, this weekend's international fixtures may be a tricky time for you bet-savvy wizards to make some money.

The opening three games of the English top flight have shown that Chelsea are the team to back after winning all three of their opening fixtures. £32m summer signing Diego Costa looks to have settled into life in England very quickly! He surely would have made many punters who backed him for first and anytime goalscorer jump for joy after netting in all three games and grabbing the first goal in two.

But with the 2016 European Championship qualifiers taking centre stage over the coming days, a new hero must emerge.

Three of the biggest football nations in Europe: Spain, Germany and Portugal, begin their road to France 2016 at home and all look bankers to earn their first three points of the qualification campaign.

Germany host Scotland whilst Spain entertain Macedonia. Despite both Scotland and Macedonia showing improvement over the recent qualification campaigns, it would be fair to say that both home teams should earn comfortable wins, so a minus one handicap looks a good bet. Bet365 offer odds of 1/2 on the Germans to win by more than one goal against the Scots.

After England's fairly unimpressive 1-0 friendly victory over a Norway side ranked 53rd in the world, they face a much sterner test as they travel to face a Switzerland team looking to continue their good form off the back of the summer's World Cup.

Although many see the official FIFA World Rankings as a source of not much truth, the fact remains that Switzerland (9th) are ranked 11 places higher than the Three Lions.

Most people will believe this game is too tough to call and stay well away! But if you do fancy a flutter, Bet365 offers odds of 7/4 on England to come away victorious, with the hosts at 8/5.

New England captain Wayne Rooney scored from the spot against Norway and is 13/2 to grab the first goal on Monday night.

International friendlies would probably be a gambling man’s nightmare. They are the most unpredictable matches in all of football, but in the early hours of Saturday morning Brazil, under the guidance of second-time manager Dunga, begin to try and rebuild their reputation as a defensively solid nation after losing their last two matches 7-1 and 3-0.

They face Columbia, who were narrowly defeated 2-1 by the Brazilians in the World Cup quarter-finals.

22-year-old Neymar has been named as the new Brazil captain for the match whilst forgotten man Robinho returns to the squad for the first time since 2013.

One last match should be mentioned as Gibraltar are set to play their first ever European championship qualification match. With a population of 30,000, nearly half the size of the biggest football grounds in England, Gibraltar are the smallest UEFA member after their acceptance in May 2013.

They host Poland on Sunday and are a massive 26/1 to win with Titan Bet. The impossible could happen.

Aaron McBride
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