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International Friendly Betting Tips


This week's best bets from the international friendlies from our football tipsters. Check our profitability for the season and get our latest international friendly betting tips & predictions.

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

Previous Friendly Tips

DateTip 1Tip 2Tip 3Tip 4Tip 5Profit/Loss
10pt Stake
Sep 5-8, 2018Denmark to win @ 9/2Austria v Sweden - under 2.5 total goals @ 4/7Netherlands win to nil @ 17/10Croatia to win @ 2/1Belgium win to nil @ 31/20U8.79
Oct 10-13, 2018Italy v Ukraine - Insigne anytime @ 23/10Spain -1 to win @ 8/5France -2 to win @ 8/5Mexico to win @ 11/13Brazil -2 to win @ 10/11U5.54
Oct 14-16. 2018Portugal -1 to win @ 12/5Brazil v Argentina - Neymar anytime @ 13/12Belgium win & both teams to score @ 21/10Denmark to win @ 13/10Slovakia Draw No Bet @ 11/5+17
Nov 15-17, 2018Rep. of Ireland & under 3.5 total goals @ 6/4Germany v Russia - Reus anytime @ 6/5England v USA - Rooney anytime @ 13/11Brazil v Uruguay - Neymar anytime @ 4/6Argentina to win @ 4/7U17.62
Nov 20, 2018Wales to win @ 23/20Brazil -2 to win @ EVSItaly & -3.5 total goals @ 11/10France & both teams to score @ 3/1Argentina -1 to win @ 7/4U1.5
Mar 20-23, 2019 Gareth Bale to score anytime for Wales vs Trinidad @ 3/5Germany vs Serbia - Draw @ 50/13Lionel Messi to score anytime for Argentina vs Venezuela @ 3/4Richarlison to score anytime for Brazil vs Panama @ 13/10/

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INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON FRIENDLY MATCHES

Betting on international friendly matches could not be easier and there will be a whole host of markets to choose from for every single game – but which international friendly prediction markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit?

Bettingpro.com offers international friendly betting tips for selected matches throughout the year and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…

Match Winner

Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market will be available for every international friendly match, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive market – for example, Germany v France or England v Spain. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.

Handicap

The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Switzerland are 3/4 to beat Iceland, but you might fancy them to win by a couple of goals and that means the handicap market is the one for you because it offers a better price. In this instance, Switzerland -1 to win the match is available at 11/5. So what does the -1 mean? It means Iceland will start the game with a fictional 1-0 lead and Switzerland must win by two goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Iceland could hold Switzerland to a draw so you could go Iceland +1, which is available at 11/10. That means if the match is, for example, a 1-1 draw on the pitch, Iceland will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.

Half-Time/Full-Time

Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe England and Spain will be drawing at half-time but fancy England to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/England, which is available at 5/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – France to win by 1 goal, France to win by 2 goals, France to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing France to beat Germany at 9/5, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing France to win by 2 goals in this instance would give the world champions’ odds of winning the match even more appeal at 8/1.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one World Cup game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect Russia to beat Turkey but want a bigger price than 11/5. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 6/1 on Russia to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Turkey to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Turkey host Russia you may be expecting the visitors to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Russia/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 5/1. It does not matter if Russia win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market will be available for every single World Cup match and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

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