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Friday Internationals: Discover how to turn a 4/5 banker into a 9/2 accumulator

by Josh Powell | September 5, 2013
Fernando Torres

FRIDAY FEELING: Spain are one of a few teams who are long odds-on in the betting

By Josh Powell | World Cup Qualifiers

Always look on the bright side, football fans. It’s more likely to be a garden centre or a shopping mall rather than a 12-leg accumulator come 3pm this Saturday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of Friday night’s International games.

As is the case with International qualifiers, there are a few odds-on bankers, as some decent European teams face countries who have had to draft in the local milkman at left-back. Luckily there are plenty of markets available to ensure you still get a decent price on your acca.

England to beat Moldova 1/16
England/England Half-time/Full-time 1/4

The Three Lions are red-hot favourites to beat Moldova quite comfortably. Plenty of punters will like a dabble on the handicap, but the half-time/full-time bet is well worth exploring.

  • Of the three group games England have won they have been leading at half-time, and in five of their six games they have been ahead at the oranges
  • Moldova have conceded 11 goals in the group stages, and the average time it takes before they concede the first goal is just 36 minutes
  • 57 per cent of England’s 21 goals have come in the first half

Germany to beat Austria 1/5
Germany to score three or more goals 8/13

Take advantage of Germany’s attacking wealth by backing the goals market in this game rather than the 1/5 on them to win.

  • In seven of their last nine games, Germany have scored three or more – the two games they didn’t were friendlies away to France and Holland
  • Germany have knocked six goals past Austria in each of the last two games they have played in Berlin
  • The Germans have averaged 3.67 goals a game in the group stages and the last time they failed to score at home, was in March 2010 against Argentina

Spain to beat Finland 1/6
Spain to win to nil 8/11

This is a potential banana skin for Spain and although they won’t hammer Finland, they should be good enough to keep a clean sheet against a side that aren’t the highest of scorers.

  • Spain have kept four clean sheets in their last five Internationals and haven’t conceded in any of their three away games in the group stages
  • Since the start of 2012 Spain have played 27 games and kept 17 clean sheets
  • Finland have scored just two goals in three home games in the group stage

Holland to beat Estonia 1/5
Holland/Holland Half-time/Full-time 4/7

The Dutch are flying in Qualifying and this game shouldn’t be any different. They should continue their 100 per cent record against Estonia with little problem.

  • Holland have won the last 11 World Cup Qualifiers away from home, and in seven of them they were leading at half-time
  • Estonia have scored just three goals in six World Cup Qualifiers, and haven’t found the back of the net before the break
  • The Dutch have scored 20 goals in six games in World Cup Qualifying and their first goal has been, on average, after just 15 minutes

Make sure you take the value with the latest odds for Friday’s games here

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