International Weekend Tips and Odds
This evening England will be one step closer to the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a win over San Marino, but would you bet on it? Hititbet.com’s odds are 22.00 for a San Marino win, 15.00 for a draw, and 1.01 for an England win. England are short at the back, with Rio Ferdinand, Gary Cahill and Michael Dawson all pulling out of the squad with injury. This leaves Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott as England’s only established centre backs, with Lescott a yellow card away from suspension. This means Michael Carrick may move into defence against the European minnows, who are currently ranked 207th in the world.
Another fixture not short of British talent will be Scotland vs. Wales. Gareth Bale didn’t train with Wales on Tuesday after picking up an ankle knock during Spurs’ match against Fulham on Sunday, but is expected to play. Despite being only five places worse off in the world rankings (66th to Wales’ 61st), new Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will lead a side that faces an uphill battle. Wales won 2-1 the last time these two sides last played in October. This time Scotland are at home and Hititbet.com has Wales at 4.00, 3.40 for the draw, and 1.75 for a Scotland win. Scotland will need to find a way to stop the versatile Bale, whether he’s deployed as a striker, winger, or in an attacking midfield role.
Belgium’s Premier League stars will look to easily handle Macedonia in another Friday match up. Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, and Kevin Mirallas will all be eager to lead the front line. Eden Hazard, Mousa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini may all feature in midfield, with Jan Vertongen Vincent Kompany, and Thomas Vermaelen in the back line. Hititbet.com has Macedonia at 4.50, Belgium at 1.65, and 3.50 for a draw.
Manchester rivals Gael Clichy and Patrice Evra will be competing for the left back position for France who take on Georgia. A win would give France a six-point lead over Georgia with a game in hand. Georgia are still holding on to their slim hopes of qualifying, as a shock win would put the pressure on France to get a result against Spain later in the week. Hititbet.com has France at 1.10, Georgia at 12.00, and 8.50 for the draw. Newcastle teammates Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye will be looking for a spot in the midfield, while QPR’s Loic Remy and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud will be eager to start up top.