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Sportingbet Preview: Internationals

Posted on 2 September 2011  - 12:00

Sportingbet, our official betting partner, give us the rundown on some of the markets on offer ahead of the weekend's international fixtures...

Sportingbet Preview: Internationals

Sportingbet, our official betting partner, give us the rundown on some of the markets on offer ahead of the weekend's international fixtures...

International football takes the spotlight on Friday night as the Euro 2012 Qualifiers reach a critical stage for the home nations.

England kick-off first at 19.15 but you’ll need to lump on if you want to get rich at 8/15, or else take Bulgaria to upset them in Sofia at 9/2. The hosts have yet to score on their own patch however, so their best chance of success would appear to be the 11/4 draw.

Wayne Rooney looks on fire in Man United colours and if you see him translating that form for England, the 7/2 for him to score first will appeal. Penalty-taker Frank Lampard looks a touch of value at 11/5 to score at any time, while those who prefer bigger odds may be tempted by 80/1 for Ashley Young to open the scoring in a 3-1 England win.

In the same group, Wales (15/8) v Montenegro (5/4) is a 19.45 BST kick-off and after a miserable campaign to date, surely Gary Speed would take a draw (11/5). At the same time, the Republic of Ireland face a crunch clash and are chalked up as 19/20 favourites to beat out-of-sorts visitors Slovakia, who are available at 5/2.

Friday night also sees Northern Ireland (23/10) take on Serbia (11/10) looking to open a gap between the sides in Group C. Saturday’s 15.00 BST action is limited to Hampden Park, where Scotland entertain the Czech Republic knowing defeat will effectively end their hopes of reaching Poland and Ukraine next summer. The pair are locked together in the betting, with the hosts 6/4 and their rivals only narrowly behind, priced 8/5.

The Sportingbet Podcast previews the games in greater detail, plus offers tips on the weekend’s horse racing, Football League matches and previews the new Aviva Premiership season. There’s also the chance to win a £100 bet playing free game Five for a Ton, so tune in and cash out at www.sportingbet.com/podcast.