Club football goes on hold as we enter the second international break of the season with some exciting friendlies to watch and bet on this weekend.
Saturday 12 October
Uruguay host Peru on Saturday at the Centenary Stadium in Montevideo. La Celeste will be without Luis Suarez, with the forward staying in Barcelona to work on his fitness. These sides last met in June in the Copa America at the quarter-final stage where Peru won on penalties after 0-0 draw, with Suarez missing the crucial penalty. Prior to that match, Uruguay had won four of the last five meetings, losing once. Despite the absence of Suarez, Uruguay still have quality in their side and should oust their opponents.
Colombia will play Chile in a friendly on Saturday at the Jose Rico Perez stadium in Alicante, Spain. Chile knocked Colombia out of the 2019 Copa America at the quarter-final stage, winning 5-4 on penalties after a tense goalless draw. Four of their last five meetings have ended in draws. You can follow that trend.
Cameroon 31/20 *Forecast odds
African heavyweights Tunisia and Cameroon will do battle in a friendly on Saturday at the Stade Olympique de Rades. This will be Toni Conceicao’s first game in charge of Cameroon and the Portuguese will be hoping to start his reign on a winning note. The Indomitable Lions have won their last two meetings against the Carthage Eagles and I’m backing them to win here.
Sunday 13 October
Brazil will play Nigeria in a friendly on Sunday at the National Stadium in Singapore. The reigning Copa America champions faced the Super Eagles – ranked 34th in the world – once before in 2003, when they won 3-0 in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Tite’s star-studded team featuring the likes of Neymar, Firmino and Philippe Coutinho should prove too strong for Gernot Rohr’s men.
Argentina 27/20 *Forecast odds
Argentina take on Ecuador in a friendly on Sunday at Elche’s Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero. Following their early exit at the 2019 Copa America, the Ecuadorians have shown plenty of promise with friendly wins over Peru (1-0) and Bolivia (3-0). As for Argentina, they look like they’re heading in the right direction under Lionel Scaloni. La Albiceleste thrashed Mexico 4-0 last time out thanks to a hat-trick from Inter’s Lautaro Martinez. The last time they faced Ecuador was in a 2018 World Cup qualifier when a hat-trick from Lionel Messi gave them a 3-1 win in Quito. Argentina should come out on top once again.
Côte d’Ivoire 13/20
DR Congo 4/1 *Forecast odds
Côte d’Ivoire face DR Congo in a friendly on Sunday at Stade Crédit Agricole de la Licorne in Amiens, France. The two-time African champions also travelled to France last month and claimed a 2-1 friendly win over Tunisia in Le Petit-Quevilly. Coach Ibrahim Kamara will use this game to ready his side for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers where the Elephants will play Madagascar, Ethiopia and Niger in Group K. DR Congo lost 3-2 at home to Rwanda in a friendly last month. The likes of Wilfried Zaha and Nicolas Pepe should cause them all kinds of problems. I’m backing a comfortable win for Côte d’Ivoire.
TREBLE TIPPED @ 5/1
Brazil Win 9/20
Argentina Win 27/20
Côte d’Ivoire Win 13/20
Written by Chad Nagel