The first week of international football in 2015 is coming to an end and Tuesday’s fixtures should provide a fitting end to what has been an exciting week.
Most of the night’s matches are international friendlies, which should lend to plenty of experimentation. Hopefully, that will also lead to goals galore. We’re backing these six to all find the target.
Switzerland V USA
Our first selection comes from the Stadion Letzigrund as Switzerland entertain USA. Both teams have genuine pedigree, as is highlighted by their respective showings at last year’s World Cup, and each will be eager to end the week on a high here.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s Yanks have only won two of eight matches played since last summer’s exit, but the North Americans do at least find tend to find the target – scoring in each of those encounters. Additionally, the visitors do boast players capable of scoring with Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore both getting amongst the goals on a regular basis.
However, the trip to Zurich won’t be easy, especially against a Switzerland side that has scored 13 in its past four matches alone. Vladamir Petkovic’s reign didn’t start in the best manner, but the Bosnian is starting to find a winning formula and the Europeans will be fully expected to make home advantage count.
It would be surprising to see a team boasting Xerdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler and Valon Behrami lose. Nevertheless, USA can give Switzerland a few moments of worry.
BTTS Yes @ 20/21 with Betfred
Austria V Bosnia Herzegovina
Marcelo Koller’s Austria have been in great form over the past 18 months, losing only to Brazil in their last 11 matches and scoring in each of those matches. However, they should expect another difficult test as they welcome a resurgent Bosnia to the Ernst Happel.
Five different players got themselves on the scoresheet during Friday’s routine win over Lichenstein and the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Andreas Weimann will be looking for goals in Vienna. The Austrians might not stand out as a great side, but players like David Alaba prove they are blessed with genuine talent.
However, Bosnia got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win on Saturday and will be eager to give themselves another morale boost with further goals here. Mehmed Bazdarevic’s men have struggled since last summer’s World Cup but a frontline spearheaded by Edin Dzeko will always pose a threat.
We wouldn’t be confident in predicting a match outcome but do think there will be goals.
BTTS Yes @ Evens with Betfred
Slovakia V Czech Republic
Both Slovakia and Czech Republic have shocked Europe during the first half of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and we’re expecting the two sides to share an exciting contest on Tuesday night.
Jan Kozak’s men have won all seven matches this term, including five straight qualifiers. Perhaps most impressively, they registered an incredible 2-1 win over Spain. Friday’s 3-0 win over minnows Luxembourg moved them up to 11 goals in Group C and they’ll be eager to keep that momentum going in Zilina.
However, they should expect a difficult contest against Group A leaders Czech Republic, who also boast 11 goals from their five qualifiers. Interestingly, all five matches ended in BTTS winners and we think Pavel Vrba’s men will be involved in another entertaining clash here.
Both teams are in good spirits and, with no pressure on either, we’d expect plenty of action. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 5/6 with Betfred
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