Our writer previews selected international friendlies which take place on Tuesday evening.
There are some eye-catching international friendlies taking place on Tuesday night. Our very own Bafana Bafana will play host to Angola, while France take on Spain in what is undoubtedly the match of the evening. So, before we return to our beloved club football, we will have one final opportunity to make a bit of cash. Let’s take a look.
Tuesday 28 March
Egypt 3/10 | Draw 38/10 | Togo 17/2
Egypt capitulated to a heart-breaking 2-1 loss in the AFCON 2017 final in Libreville after dominating much of the match for the first hour. That was their last outing and manager Hector Cuper will only name the squad in midweek. Togo’s AFCON 2017 was a disappointing one as they were knocked out at the group stage with only one point. Egypt are the stronger side and should do enough to claim the win here.
Russia 21/10 | Draw 22/10 | Belgium 13/10
A strong Russian unit are set to face Belgium in an important fixture prior to the start of the Confederations Cup in June. Fit-again Vincent Kompany has been left out of the Belgium squad but Roberto Martinez has recalled Radja Nainggolan. The Red Devils are top of Group H European World Cup qualifying with four wins from four matches, scoring 21 goals and conceding just once. I’m tipping the away win on the win/draw Double Chance at 7/20.
South Africa 3/10 | Draw 7/2 | Angola 19/2
Owen Da Gama will step in once again as SAFA are yet to appoint a new manager for Bafana Bafana. The national side are unbeaten in 14 matches, at the time of writing, since October 2015 and drew away in Mozambique despite the recent Shakes Mashaba debacle. Angola are in terrible form and have lost seven of their last eight matches. Bafana Bafana have won their last three meetings with Angola and are tipped for another win.
Netherlands 17/10 | Draw 21/10 | Italy 33/20
Dutch manager Danny Blind has named five Premier League players in his squad for a World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria and friendly against Italy. This is amid glittering names from across Europe and a slew of Ajax Amsterdam players. Italy have yet to name their squad for their respective ties, at the time of writing, but Mario Balotelli could be on manager Gian Piero Venura’s list after scoring 10 goals in 16 matches for Nice. Both Teams to Score is the tip for what should be an energetic clash.
Rep. of Ireland 23/20 | Draw 2/1 | Iceland 26/10
The Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in five matches since their European Championship exit against France last year. Burnley trio Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward and Robbie Brady have all been named in the squad that will face EURO 2016 heroes Iceland. Since their own exit to France, they’ve been inconsistent with losses to Croatia, Chile and Mexico. Back the home win here.
Portugal 6/10 | Draw 26/10 | Sweden 9/2
EURO 2016 champions Portugal have lived up to the tag by thrashing teams that haven’t challenged them, but lost to Switzerland in World Cup qualification and remain second in the group. This friendly follows a qualification tie with Hungary and a full strength squad has been named, although this match may be used by Fernando Santos as an opportunity to test different combinations. Sweden also have important qualification duty prior to this match, and have suffered inconsistent form in recent times. Back the home win in this one.
France 27/20 | Draw 21/10 | Spain 2/1
France are unbeaten since their EURO 2016 final loss to Portugal and currently top their World Cup qualification group with three wins and a draw. They should cruise through their tie with Luxembourg and will be intent on a proud result here, but will have to do so without some key names left out by Didier Deschamps. Spain have named a strong squad for their World Cup qualifier against Israel and this friendly, with Gerard Deulofeu the only real surprise. The away win/draw Double Chance is the bet here.
Written by Jesse Nagel @Hollywoodbets