International matches generally throw up a few shock results, and if you can call them right there are goldmines left right and centre when countries go head to head.
However, as this Friday’s fixtures are predominantly World Cup Qualifying fixtures, an air of predictability is restored, which can only be good news for many punters who like to pick up some tidy prices and profits alike.
Sky Bet have upped the ante on their internationals by making a whole host of different sized accumulators available at enhanced prices for Friday’s action, so be sure to check them out if you are considering taking a punt on the opening round of Qualifying games which begin tomorrow.
The one that looks the most appealing and is my tip for tonight is the 13/5 available for the treble of Croatia, France and Greece all to win their respective matches:
Croatia host Macedonia and will be buoyed by an impressive showing in this Summer’s European Championship where they battled hard and outplayed eventual Champions Spain but just couldn’t find the killer breakthrough and were harshly pipped to a top 2 spot in their tough group with Spain, Italy and Ireland. The Croats should have far too much for Macedonia especially as they also have home advantage.
France travel to Finland after a mixed display over the summer. They more than held their own against England but were then handed a tough draw against Spain and were rather outclassed, which is by no means anything to be ashamed of (just ask the Italians who were dispatched 4-0 in the final!) but the talent they possess should see them through against a Finnish side who shipped 3 goals in their last outing against Northern Ireland.
Perhaps the toughest leg of the treble bet is the Greeks to win away at Latvia.
Tough is definitely the word you would associate with Greece though, they showed tremendous fight against a great deal of adversity to battle out of Group A in the summer, and even gave the Germans a bit of a fright in the next round, piercing the supposedly invincible German back-line not once but twice in a 4-2 thriller.
They also defeated Norway in their last away match and another successful away day is a very real possibility for this spirited group as they look to give their Country’s people something to smile about!