Every week BetBright columnist Sam Tighe provides his rundown ahead of the football action this weekend, picking out his five international football best bets.
Chile Colombia Over 2.5 – 21/20Add to betslip
Any game involving Jorge Sampaoli’s Chile is absolutely hectic; they carve teams open for fun, but bleed goals at the other end. It’s a lot of fun to watch, and it makes Bet Bright’s 11/10 odds on Over 2.5 a can’t-miss prospect.
Colombia have been extremely unpredictable up front as their once-vaunted front line has struggled for form. Eighteen months ago a collection of Radamel Falcao, Jackson Martinez, Carlos Bacca and Teo Gutierrez struck fear into opposing defences; now, though, they struggle to score.
But this is Chile’s “defence” we’re talking about; they’ll give up chances—particularly to Bacca in the channels—and Claudio Bravo is always braced for a busy evening’s work.
Argentina vs Brazil Both Teams To Score Yes – 4/5Add to betslip
The CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying campaign is still extremely young, with only two games played, but both Argentina and Brazil are under the microscope. Neither enter this veritable clash of the titans in good form.
Los Albiceleste garnered just a single point from their opening two games and sit seventh in the table with a -2 goal difference. Missing Lionel Messi, much? Os Selecao, though, haven’t fared too much better; without Neymar they’ve relied on Willian for goals.
But Neymar is back, and he’s the beating heart of Brazil’s attack. Expect this classic rivalry to produce on the scoreboard with the visitors empowered by the return of their captain and the hosts eager to match up.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Anytime – 23/20Add to betslip
The Danes fear Zlatan Ibrahimovic more than most, and with good reason: He has a knack of scoring against them, breaking their hearts in the process.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been in predictably excellent goal-scoring form of late for both club and country, netting 10 goals in his last 10 games across all competitions, per WhoScored.com. At a shade better than evens, he’s a good bet to net in this pivotal Scandinavian derby.
Zlatan has made a career out of scoring big goals at key times, rising to the fore in his team’s time of need. Now is another one of those times; expect him to deliver the goods.
Bosnia & Herzegovina By 1 (Winning Margins) – 47/20Add to betslip
The match most in the UK will be focused on is Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Republic of Ireland due to the home nation interest, but—full disclosure—it’s unlikely to be a cracker.
Martin O’Neill’s iteration of the Boys In Green are the very embodiment of the term “workmanlike,” and they’ve shown throughout qualifying a lack of cutting edge up top can cost them. BIH play careful football and there’s every chance they grab a slender 1-0 lead here.
In fact, if you can find bespoke odds on a 1-0 settled by a Miralem Pjanic free-kick, take them.
Peru vs Paraguay Both Teams To Score Yes – 21/20Add to betslip
Peru are like Chile-lite; they leak goals and score them in equal measure, much to the pleasure of the spectators and the disdain of the manager.
Their extremely primitive style of football relies upon one-on-one dribbling and high quantities of shots taken from any distance, and with X-factor Jefferson Farfan on the wing, they’re difficult to keep out for 90 minutes.
Paraguay showed during the Copa America 2015 they’re a palpable threat on the counter-attack, boasting dribblers of their own. This game should be end-to-end; if you watch, you will be rewarded with goals.
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