A preview of Thursday’s international friendlies, which include England v USA and the Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland.
Marcus Rashford to score at any time in England v USA @ 29/20
England host USA in what had been labelled Wayne Rooney’s testimonial following the decision to ‘celebrate’ his international career with one last cap.
That won’t come until the second half though so odds-on quotes about him signing off with a goal look skinny.
With boss Gareth Southgate saying he wants to “protect” his core ahead of Sunday’s decisive Nations League game with Croatia, it also seems unlikely that Harry Kane will start, particularly given his recent hectic schedule with Spurs.
The same cannot be said of Marcus Rashford, who is yet to complete a Premier League game this season and has been a sub in two of Manchester United’s last three matches.
Rashford has scored in three of England’s four internationals this season – and had two great chances to find the net in the other.
He’s out at 29/20 for a goal against an American side which failed to qualify for the World Cup and has won just one of four friendlies since that tournament, conceding seven times.
Under 1.5 goals in Republic of Ireland v Northern Ireland @ 31/20
The two Irish sides have been in miserable form, the hosts having won just one of their last nine games, while their neighbours have tasted victory just twice in 11.
However, focusing on the goal stats may be of greater significance here.
The Republic have been shut out in four of their last seven. As for the Northern Irish, they’ve failed to score in seven of their last 10.
Yes, there’s plenty of pride at stake here but there also looks set to be a lack of quality and it’s not hard to see a dogged midfield battle which results in few chances being created.
Draw/Russia double chance in Germany v Russia @ 43/20
Things haven’t improved for Germany since their woeful World Cup and they already know they won’t be playing in next summer’s Nations League Finals.
Russia, on the other hand, have built on their run to the last eight, and stand on the brink of promotion to the top tier of the Nations League.
With the Germans clearly in a rebuilding phase, backing the Russians to claim at least a draw in Leipzig looks tempting given the price.
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