International Football Betting Tips

Next manager oddsBy Mark Rawlinson

The domestic campaign takes a break for one week as those all-important World Cup play-offs are played out to determine the remaining places for Brazil next year.

There are of course a number of other international friendlies taking place Friday night, including England v Chile and Scotland v USA.

England v Chile

England play their first match since qualifying for the World Cup in a hastily arranged friendly against a Chile side who sit just two places below them in the FIFA World Rankings, at number 12.

And boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Joe Hart will not start between the sticks on Friday, compounding the goalkeeper’s misery after also being dropped at Manchester City. Either John Ruddy or the uncapped Fraser Forster will replace him.

Steven Gerrard is ruled out through injury so Frank Lampard will captain the side on his 103rd cap. Rickie Lambert has also withdrawn from the squad, joining Kyle Walker, Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck on the sidelines.

Chile have proved a force to be reckoned with and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 Copa America and the best odds of them winning the match are provided by Stan James at 3/1. Bet Victor offer the best value on an England win at 21/20.

The game is live on ITV1 from 8pm.

Scotland v USA

In another of Friday’s friendlies, Scotland face USA at Hampden Park, with Gordon Strachan also having to deal with a number of withdrawals from his side.

James Forrest, Chris Burke, James Morrison, Matt Philips and Jordan Rhodes have all pulled out of the squad, with Ross McCormack called up to replace the latter, after the striker scored four for Leeds United last Saturday.

The States are without former Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey but they are 8/5 favourites with William Hill to secure victory tonight. Bet Victor provide the best odds on a Scotland win at 2/1.

This game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 8pm.

Other friendlies of British involvement include Northern Ireland’s trip to Turkey, whilst in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland host Latvia. That one is live on Sky Sports 4 from 7:45pm.

FIFA World Cup Play-offs

There are of course the much more important first legs of the UEFA World Cup play-offs, with the winners of each of the four games securing the final few spots at next summer’s World Cup.

The pick of the games sees Portugal take on Sweden in Lisbon, and the hosts are considerable favourites of winning their home leg, with Bet 365 offering the best odds of 7/10.

A large number of bookies, including Bet Victor, are pricing a Sweden win at 9/2. This match is live on Sky Sports 1 from 7:45pm.

Elsewhere in the play-off matches, Greece take on Romania, Ukraine host France and Croatia visit surprise package Iceland. All these matches can be watched via the streaming on the betting sites.

Don’t forget you can compare odds of all this evening’s international action with BritBets by clicking HERE.

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