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Everton ace to inspire Brazilian win? Get International Friendly tips

Ben Darvill 19 Mar 2019
Richarlison of Brazil (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Can Ryan Giggs guide Wales to a win over Trinidad and Tobago, will Germany forget their woes by defeating Serbia, and can Lionel Messi return to the Argentina national team with a goal? Read on for our best bets for the international friendlies between March 20-23. 

Wales vs Trinidad and Tobago (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

All of the focus in Wales may have been on their Grand Slam winning rugby team over the last few weeks, but the football team will now have the chance to keep the good feeling going as they take on Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday evening. A disappointing 2-1 loss to Denmark in Cardiff in their last game sees them come into this needing a win to return the feel-good factor, although this was preceded by a win over Ireland, a loss to Denmark and another win over Ireland. With Ryan Giggs now at the helm, the side are still looking to recapture their superb performances during the 2016 European Championships, with the team struggling to kick on since then. Trinidad and Tobago meanwhile arrive in 93rd-place in the FIFA world rankings and they are after something of a big scalp in this one. However, confidence will not be high following 1-0 defeats to Panama and Iran which will have dented the confidence they garnered from defeating the USA 2-1 before that. 

With a lot of distance between the two in the rankings, and for good reason, we think the home side will taste victory once again in this one. Gareth Bale may be finding it tough-going in Spain at the moment, but the forward is talismanic for Wales, and Giggs has full confidence in the ability of his Real Madrid star. With this in mind, we think that if Bale plays, then he will score. He will be desperate to return to Spain with a few goals to his name, and his pace and ability to score mean the away side should be very worried. 

Germany vs Serbia (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

This is not the German team that world football has become accustomed to seeing, with the side slipping down the rankings following a torrid year. Failing to defend their World Cup crown was awful, while their group-stage elimination at the tournament compounded their failure. They were then atrocious in the Nations League as they failed to win any of their four games, losing twice and drawing twice in their clashes with the Netherlands and France, which eventually saw the side relegated to Group B, something they will see as a majorly-embarrassing outcome. Serbia arrive on the back of a very impressive campaign in League C of the Nations League after going through six matches unbeaten, winning four times. Indeed, their impressive run has seen the side go on a six game unbeaten run, with the last defeat they were consigned to coming at the hands of Brazil in the World Cup last June. 

Clearly, only one of these two sides is in any kind of form, although it would be foolish to write Germany off just because of this. Germany’s last international match came back in November, meaning they have had a lot of time to analyse where they are going wrong, while this match gives them a great chance to get back to winning ways. While we think Germany will be better this year, we are predicting a stubborn Serbian side to give them a lot of problems across the pitch. The visiting side will be desperate to maintain their unbeaten record going into their Euro qualifier with Portugal, and we think that they will grind out a draw in this one as Germany’s fans continue to be frustrated by their team. 

Argentina vs Venezuela (Friday, 20:00 GMT)

Argentina look to be slowly rebuilding under coach Lionel Scaloni, with three wins in their last four matches helping the side restore some of the feel-good factor that has evaded the team. The return of Lionel Messi to the international fold will only strengthen the side, and they will want to build a team going forward, taking a lot of the pressure off their star player, with the Argentina national team consistently accused of putting too much pressure on the Barcelona man. Venezuela meanwhile have managed to stay unbeaten in their last four matches as draws with Iran and Japan have come alongside wins over the United Arab Emirates and Panama, although when they last played a team of some quality, they were beaten 2-1 by Colombia. If the away side are to get anything out of this one then they will have to be on top form, and they will likely have to double and perhaps triple up on Messi if they are to stop a man in inspired form. 

With Argentina looking to continue to pick up wins and reclaim a place in the top 10 in the world rankings after they slipped down to 11th, this will be a game they target as a must-win against a side sitting in 32nd in the world. With Messi now back and following his fantastic hat-trick against Real Betis last weekend, we think he will continue to hit the back of the net, with the fans desperate to see the forward mark his return with a goal, and we think Venezuela will struggle to contain him if he is given the chance on Friday. 

Brazil vs Panama (Saturday, 17:00 GMT)

Brazil come into the friendly against Panama on the back of a very impressive run that has seen the side put their awful World Cup run behind them. Brazil were eliminated from the 2018 World Cup at the quarter-final stage after they were beaten 2-1 by Belgium. Since then, they have won all of their six games to nil, with wins over the USA, El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Uruguay and Cameroon, with victories over Argentina and Uruguay particularly impressive. Opponents Panama meanwhile arrive on the back of an awful run of form. Three losses in their last three games against the USA, Ecuador and Honduras means the side do not come into this one with much confidence, and while they did manage to draw 2-2 with Korea Republic prior to these matches, this was preceded by a thumping 3-0 loss to Panama. Clearly, Panama are not in any kind of form, and English fans will remember the team well as they hammered Panama 6-1 in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

In this one, we think Brazil will win, and win well. Brazil’s last six matches have been to nil as they have impressed at the back, but the bookies have seen this and clearly think they will star again, with Brazil to win to nil odds-on. With this in mind, we are instead looking to the anytime goal scorer in this one, although, once again, our choice is currently available at odds-on, with Gabriel Jesus the man we would have backed. Instead, we are looking to back Richarlison. The Everton star has scored 12 goals this year in a good individual season for the player, while he scored in Brazil’s last game against Cameroon. With Neymar still out of action, Brazil’s other players are perhaps able to star more. This will likely see Richarlison given more licence to get forward and attack, and we are backing him to hit the back of the net against a Panama side that are in awful form. 

*Odds correct at 10:11 GMT 19/3/2019

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