It’s the final week of international fixtures of the calendar and Friday’s schedule serves up a mouth-watering selection of friendlies, as well as an important Euro 2016 play-off. It should be an entertaining night to say the least, and we’re hoping to jump on board with the drama with this huge 122/1 treble at Betfred.
We’re backing three nations to all win their respective matches. However, we don’t think any of them will keep a clean sheet. If our predictions come true, we’ll be celebrating to the tune of a huge £1237.50 payout.
Not bad for a Friday the 13th…
Czech Republic V Serbia. 7:30PM
Pavel Vrba’s men were sensational in Euro 2016 qualifying, picking up an impressive 22 points to top a group that included the Netherlands, Iceland, and Turkey. The Czechs begin their preparations for next summer’s tournament with a home clash against Serbia, and the home crowd will be fully expecting to see their boys win at the Vitkovic Arena.
While the Czechs don’t have any world superstars, a squad that includes the experience of Thomas Necid, Jaroslav Plasil and Michal Kadlec should be confident. Meanwhile, the less experienced internationals faces will be eager to stake their claims.
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The home side scored an impressive 19 goals in qualification, but they did concede 14. Meanwhile, Serbia endured a difficult campaign but did score eight goals from their eight matches – which includes the 3-0 default defeat to Albania.
Anything can happen in a friendly, but the hosts should have the extra incentive as they prepare for Euro 2016. Nonetheless, we can’t see them keeping a clean sheet.
BTTS & Czech Republic Win @ 9/2 with Betfred
Bosnia & Herzegovina V Republic of Ireland. 7:45PM
For Bosnia and Ireland, the road to France is far from over, and both nations will be desperate to start this crucial play-off affair with a positive result during Friday’s first-leg encounter. And we’re expecting to see an extremely fierce contest in Zenica.
After reaching the World Cup in Brazil, Mehmed Bazdarevic’s men will be eager to follow it up by reaching a first Euro’s finals. They should be confident after winning each of their past three qualifiers, and the firepower of Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic should give them a fantastic chance.
The hosts did leak 12 goals in qualifying, though, which will offer hope to Martin O’Neill’s men. An away goal could be extremely important, even if they do lose this leg, and the visitors will be looking to talismanic captain Robbie Keane to provide it.
We don’t think one goal will be enough to see them avoid defeat. But it could be enough to keep them in the tie.
BTTS & Bosnia Win @ 4/1 with Betfred
Wales V Netherlands. 7:45PM
It has been a truly incredible campaign for Chris Coleman’s Dragons, and they are now preparing for their first tournament since 1958. However, they couldn’t ask for a tougher start to those plans as they welcome the Dutch to Cardiff.
Unlike Wales, the Netherlands won’t be heading to France this summer after a truly disastrous qualifying campaign. However, this is the perfect chance for Danny Blind’s men to start the road to recovery, and the wounded animal could bite back with emphatic style.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to ignore the Dutch’s obvious deficiencies. When combined with the fact Blind has made a few changes, the Welsh should have every chance of scoring on home soil.
Wales have been brilliant, but you cannot dismiss the away side’s quality. Despite their faults, the Dutch are more than capable of winning. Nonetheless, we do think Wales will score.
BTTS & Netherlands Win @ 7/2 with Betfred
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