Many of todays international fixtures look impossibly hard to predict, with betting odds looking bang on the money. Odds compilers certainly seem to be on the ball when it comes to international football. However when I set my sights off the beaten track, there are some nice odds available on some of the South American friendlies, as well as the Asian World Cup qualifiers. Without further ado, here is Wednesday’s four-fold.
Germany v France 7.45pm
With only a few months until the Euro 2012 finals, I’m predicting a marked improvement in the German’s game, and France could be on the receiving end of some typical German efficiency here.
Germany are at their most deadly in the lead up to big tournaments, and they finalise their plans for European domination, they look a good bet to beat the French.
France have improved no end since their debacle at the 2010 World Cup, but it’s unlikely they have what it takes to beat Germany in their own back yard.
Joachim Loew’s team beat Uruguay, Brazil, and Holland in home friendlies in 2011, and while France are unbeaten in almost 18 months, they haven’t met a team of Germany’s quality for some time.
Bolivia v Cuba 12.00am (Thur)
Bolivia are certainly no world beaters, but their opponents can be considered true minnows. With a little bit of help from the altitude factor of La Paz ( 3600m above sea level), Cuba shouldn’t be able to cope with either the conditions or their opponents.
Cuba were beaten comfortably by Jamaica on two occasions in the last week, and lost to El Salvador(6-1) and Costa Rica(5-0) on their travels in 2011.
Bolivia have been under a cloud recently and haven’t won for a long time, however they have been playing nations with a far superior pedigree to Cuba, and this is a perfect opportunity to get back on the winning road.
Spain v Venezuela 8.30pm
The Spanish have not quite been firing on all cylinders recently, but it’s unlikely they’ll experience too many problems against Venezuela at La Rosaleda in Malaga today.
Recent losses to Costa Rica(0-2), USA(0-1), and Mexico(1-3) give a clue about the visitors ability, and even though Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Torres will play no part in this friendly (the latter is actually a bonus!), Spain should have the simplest of tasks ahead.
Paraguay v Panama 11.30pm
Paraguay are a rapidly improving nation in terms of international football, and should readily beat Panama here.
Panama have held their own in matches against some of the smaller South American and Caribbean nations, but Paraguay are much tougher opposition.
Paraguay beat today’s opponents 2-0 last September in an away friendly fixture, and have since recoreded victories over Ecuador(2-1), Chile(2-0) and Guatemala(2-1).