International Football Tips 6th September
It’s a weekend off for the Premier League as the Road To Rio continues with a full set of Internationals on Friday.
On the downside it means a much lighter schedule in the domestic leagues but on a brighter note it allows the opportunity to really take advantage of William Hill’s ‘acca insurance’ promotion.
For anyone not familiar with the promotion, it essentially means that if you place an accumulator of 5 or more teams and only one side doesn’t win then you will receive a free bet token to the same stake (maximum £50) which can be used on any market. In my opinion, it isn’t the greatest promotion for use with domestic leagues as the teams are too closely matched. However, with the gulf in class between national side, Internationals week offers the chance to put the odds firmly in our favour.
There are many ways to play the percentages with this promotion and individual circumstances may dictate which is best for you. Technically, you could stick in four certainties to give yourself a free shot at a single. You could try with domestic football but certainties very rarely exist at a club level, whereas Ukraine to beat San Marino is genuinely a definite outcome.
My preference is to stick in two very short priced favourites and combine it with one ‘near certainty’. Assuming the treble hits, you then have two selections and know that as long as one wins then you will be entitled to a free bet.
Here is my accumulator for Friday’s matches:
England (1/25) Vs Moldova:
Whilst the injuries to key players will impact England’s chances in Kiev on Tuesday, this is a definite three points for the home side. Goal difference could still play a part and England will be looking for a comfortable victory. They might make it more difficult than it should be but victory is assured.
Turkey (1/100) Vs Andorra
Andorra are unsurprisingly stuck on 0 points and 0 goals this campaign. The team of part-timers won’t be changing that here.
Estonia vs Holland (1/5)
Holland are running away with the group having registered 6 wins from 6. A win in Tallinn would almost confirm their place in Brazil next year. Against a side that have only picked up points against minnows Andorra, this should be a breeze.
Bosnia (6/10) Vs Slovakia
After coming so close in 2010 and 2012, Bosnia now seem destined to qualify for their first tournament since gaining independence in 1992. They currently sit top of the group and, having lost in the play-offs to Portugal in each of the past two campaigns, they will not want to surrender their automatic qualification status.
With 23 scored and only 3 conceded, they will fancy their chances here against third placed Slovakia. The return leg is on Tuesday and four points will be enough to cement Bosnia’s label as favourites to top the group ahead of next month’s final games. The likes of Dzeko and Pjanic should be too much for Slovakia.
Rep Of Ireland Vs Sweden (8/5)
These two currently sit joint second in group C along with Austria. With the Austrians away at group leaders Germany, this is a great opportunity for one of these two to assert themselves as firm favourites to grab the playoff spot.
Whilst Ireland aren’t a bad team, Sweden are one of the sides you half expect to see reaching the last 16 or even quarter-finals of major tournaments and therefore I fancy them to find a way to grab the full three points here. With Zlatan in the side there’s always a chance of goals; just ask England.
The above accumulator pays 4.24/1 but remember to place on William Hill in order to qualify for the insurance promotion.