The international break may not be to everyone’s tastes; with this year’s Premier League campaign the most unpredictable in living memory, an Easter weekend without the world’s most exciting league on show will certainly leave us all a bit deflated.
But never fear, ComeOn! has got you covered with its array of betting tips to guide you through this week’s round of international friendlies.
Wales v Northern Ireland (Tonight – 19:45)
Gareth Bale is Wales’ most notable absence going into their match-up with Northern Ireland this evening.
Without the powerful Real Madrid forward taking his place in their starting line-up, Chris Coleman’s side may find goal scoring opportunities a little hard to come by against a Northern Ireland side who have conceded on average less than a goal a game in the last calendar year. Wales themselves kept a very impressive seven clean sheets (out of 10) in their successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign which as a result doesn’t inspire confidence that tonight will be anything more than a humdrum, low-scoring affair.
We’re backing under 1.5 goals at the Millennium stadium this evening with a low-scoring draw the most likely outcome.
Italy v Spain (Tonight – 19:45)
Spain go into tonight’s tie against Italy having won nine of their last ten matches in all competitions.
Whilst they’re no longer quite the same force that won back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012, Spain’s reputation of being a footballing ‘conveyor belt’ that continually produces exciting, young talent still appears to be justified with the likes of Isco, Thiago Alcantara and Alvaro Morata among others being primed to take centre stage for the 2010 World Cup winners for years to come.
Despite winning their Euro Championship qualifying group comfortably, their opponents Italy haven’t fared too well in the International friendly scene as of late. Their last three friendlies garnered defeats to both Portugal and Belgium as well as an unconvincing 2-2 draw to Romania.
With Vicente Del Bosque’s men’s odds being a smidgen short of 6/4 to win this evening, we’re getting behind the Spanish and backing them to pick up a result against the Azzurri at the Stadio Friuli tonight.
England v Netherlands (Monday – 20:00)
Holland’s failure to qualify for Euro 2016 after their third placed finish in the 2014 World Cup was certainly a shock to us all.
With Dutch football in a mini-crisis after seeing ex-boss Gus Hiddink fired from his post as national team manager last summer after a succession of poor results, we fancy England to stick the boot into a struggling Netherlands side at Wembley on Tuesday evening.
At almost even money, we still feel the value is there to back the Three Lions next week with home advantage also thrown into the bargain for Roy Hodgson’s side.