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  • Chris Sobey


Sweden joined Switzerland and Croatia as World Cup 2018 European play-off qualifiers last night after they held Italy to a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan, which sent them through as 1-0 winners after they won the first leg in Sweden. The final European World Cup qualifier play-off takes place tonight between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium Dublin. As the first leg ended goalless there’s a decent chance tonight’s game will end drawn as well and if you’re looking for a bigger return backing the Draw and Under 2.5 Goals Match Double result is worth considering. There are also some quality international friendlies tonight and the pick of the bunch is Germany against France at the RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne and England against Brazil at Wembley.

Germany will be confident of winning as they’ve won nine of their last ten home international matches drawing the other and six of the ten games ended with more than 2.5 goals. France won’t be a pushover however, as they’ve won six of their last ten international away matches, drawing two, and six of their ten games ended with less than 3 goals scored. France also have a good record against Germany and from their four encounters between 1982 and 2016 when France were the away team they won the last three, so if you’re a follower of trends it could be worth opposing Germany tonight.

England have won six of their last ten international home matches, drawing three, and five of the games ended with less than 3 goals. Brazil have won seven of their last ten international away matches, drawing three, and five of the ten matches ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. England have a good record at home against Brazil winning one and drawing two of the four encounters between 2000 and 2013 and they won the last encounter 2-1 in 2013 at Wembley when Rooney and Lampard were on the scoresheet.

From a betting perspective this is obviously not a game to get seriously involved with due to England missing a number of first team regulars and manager Southgate set to give some of the successful under 17 and 20’s squad players a run out at some stage tonight. However, at the prices its worth opposing Brazil given how well England played against Germany last week and because they have performed well against them in their four previous encounters at Wembley.

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