Just when you thought the Premier League and Championship seasons were getting into the swing of things, another international break comes along and takes the spark out of your weekend.
However, taking football out of your Saturday afternoon really makes you realise the important things in life.
Okay, so we’ve got a metric shit load of World Cup qualifiers to work our way through over the next few days. I’ll be posting another blog full of winners at the start of next week to get you through the break. So don’t say I don’t spoil you.
Friday night’s games are a real struggle when it comes to finding valuable winners. That said, Switzerland are well worth a lump away at Hungary. Although the Swiss usually flatter to deceive in tournament football, they’re usually as reliable as my trusty Ford Focus when it comes to qualifying for tournaments. They’ve also won four of their last five World Cup qualifiers on the road, drawing the other. Their hosts haven’t won in four home games, and are likely to struggle in a group that also contains Portugal. Get a Swiss win at 13/10 with the folks at BoyleSports.
Belgium are an 8/15 shout to beat Bosnia, which is a price that is just about worthy of sticking on your accas as a reliable odds booster. Belgium’s attacking plethora should prove way too much for the Bosnians, so don’t forget to back the in form Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 21/20.
Saturday’s fixtures are a lot more promising in terms of value picks. We’ll start off in Armenia (which sounds like the beginning of a hipster’s stag do), where Romania are a steal at 21/20 to beat their hosts. Armenia are pretty weak at the best of times, but when you take out injured Manchester United winger and star player Henrikh Mkhitaryan from their ranks, they’re a team of virtual minnows.
Our hipster stag tour takes us to Azerbaijan next, where they host Norway. The hosts scraped past pub team San Marino with a 1-0 win in their opening game, while Norway were well beaten by Germany. The Scandinavians should have the quality to kick-start their campaign with a win, and 10/11 is a price that shouldn’t be sniffed at. Get on it.
My tip of the day features another Scandinavian team, but I don’t see Denmark having quite the same success on the road as their Norwegian counterparts. The Danes head to Warsaw to take on Poland, who boast arguably their golden generation of talent, featuring the likes of Robert Lewandowski and his striker partner Arkadiusz Milik. Milik is banging the goals in for Napoli, and 3/1 for him to score anytime in a Polish win is huge. Poland to win on its own at 21/20 with BoyleSports looks bigger than it probably should be, but I won’t tell if you won’t.
El Capitano’s tip of the day: Poland to beat Denmark at 21/20 with Boyle Sports
Capps’a Acca: £10 on Poland, Norway, Romania and Belgium returns £103 with Belgium. Back it here.