International football or the EFL? Why not both…

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International football or the EFL? Why not both…

James Capps

“Blog a couple of times a week” I said

“It’ll be a right laugh!” I said.

And then I remembered that international breaks exist and I have to punt on World Cup qualifiers. Unless, of course, I fancy a stab at predicting League One and Two results, something which I enjoy less than a Saturday afternoon trip to IKEA.

But f*** it. I’ll have a go. As per.

Are we all in agreement that the only way to make international football remotely interesting is by having a bet on it? Great. Glad we’re on the same page. Decent value picks are few and far between this weekend, but a place where you can find value is Tbilisi, which is the capital of Georgia, which is a country, and also a girl’s name. Exciting stuff.

Austria, which on the other hand, is not a girl’s name, travel to Georgia on the back of a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign which saw them finish bottom of a group featuring unpopular winners Portugal, and unpopular supermarket, Iceland. The Austrians are just shy of even money to bounce back and claim three points in their opening game against the Eastern European minnows.

The Republic of Ireland begin the post-Robbie Keane era with a trip to Belgrade to take on Serbia. Serbia are a team that are muddling their way through a period of transition, and failed badly in their quest for a Euro 2016 place, but back them to get a draw against the boys in green, at better than 2/1. Serbia have some decent youngsters coming through, and their (hopefully) improving fortunes against a workmanlike Ireland will probably lead to an opening day stalemate, a result which both sides will probably be happy with.

Back home there are some decent games in League One and Two. A slightly left-field pick for some good returns is an away victory for Barnet over at Newport County. Newport have the third-worst home record in the division (early in the season, I know), while Barnet are undefeated away and haven’t failed to score in their three games on the road this season. Newport were tipped to struggle this season in League Two and are doing so, and I see them slipping into further bother this weekend.

In League One, Bolton are surprisingly good value in their home game against Phil Orange’s (sorry Brown’s*) Southend United. Bolton would’ve been looking at a perfect start to the season last weekend, but a late equalizer from Charlton put an end to their 100% record, while the Shrimpers have kept only one clean sheet this season. Back the Wanderers at 8/11 for a home win.

El Capitano’s tip of the day: Serbia and the Republic of Ireland to draw their qualifier at 21/10.

Cappa’s Acca: Bolton, Millwall, Mansfield and Austria. £10 returns more than £160.