One international fixture down, one more to go. It was refreshing to see Gareth Southgate go with a much-changed side in Amsterdam on Friday night and most England fans were left relatively happy with the performance.
Jesse Lingard’s goal was the difference between the two nations and England now turn their attention to Italy. The Italians struggled against Argentina, losing 2-0 in front of a small crowd at the Etihad Stadium.
Wembley is a sell-out for Tuesday evening and England will be looking to put on a show for their supporters. Southgate’s side lead my 11/1 four-fold here; check out the best bets ahead of Tuesday’s fixtures…
Russia vs FRANCE
Russia were put firmly in their place by Brazil on Friday night and Tite’s men, currently 19/4 favourites for World Cup glory, could prosper this summer.
The hosts gave a decent account of themselves but three goals in a crazy 13-minute spell in the second half saw Brazil pull clear. Russia could collapse again when France travel to St Petersburg.
Les Bleus let a two-goal lead slip against Colombia and Didier Deschamps will be demanding a response in this contest.
Okay, it wasn’t the strongest of France line-ups but it was almost certainly good enough to defeat their South American opponents. I would be shocked to see France fall short again and the 7/10 for an away win is a good price.
TIP: France to win @ 7/10
GERMANY vs BRAZIL
Germany are well fancied for this summer’s World Cup – and with good reason.
The 2014 winners were a class above their rivals throughout that tournament and a second successive triumph would cement their spot as one of the greatest international teams of all-time. This could give us some indication as to whether Germany are still the team to beat.
If nothing else, one thing is for sure: this one won’t be finishing 7-1. Brazil will be looking to send out a statement four years after that embarrassing defeat on home soil and they look well placed to push Germany close.
Both teams have enough quality to score goals and that makes the 4/6 very appealing indeed. It could be a very entertaining fixture.
TIP: Both teams to score 4/6
POLAND vs South Korea
Poland will be quietly confident of winning this one. Losing to Nigeria on Friday was not in the script and Adam Nawalka’s side will want to bounce back at the first time of asking.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Poland respond in the best possible way here; Robert Lewandowski was very critical of their performance and the hosts should improve.
South Korea were dominant for long spells against Northern Ireland but were defeated by Michael O’Neill’s side.
On paper, the visitors have the talent to cause problems for Poland but I can see this one being fairly straightforward. 19/20 for a home win is excellent – their sixth spot in the FIFA rankings is a stretch but Poland are a well-oiled football team.
TIP: Poland to win @ 19/20
ENGLAND vs Italy
As previously mentioned, England produced a polished effort to get past the Netherlands in Amsterdam – much to the delight of fans across the country.
The Three Lions have scored just three goals in their last 450 minutes of international football but they’ve not conceded during that timeframe either. Let’s focus on the positives instead of the negatives with the 2018 World Cup approaching.
Italy were poor against Argentina and this is England’s match to lose. 11/10 is a great price for Southgate’s side and plenty of punters will be getting on England in the coming days.
This is a sub-par Italian side and, with no World Cup this summer, their players probably aren’t as determined to win. Don’t read too much into this clash.
TIP: England to win @ 11/10
*Odds subject to change – correct at time of writing*