The international break draws to a close tonight with one final batch of qualifying games before we get back to the nitty gritty of Premier League and Championship football.
I’ve got slightly mixed feelings about this one. Yes, weekends aren’t quite the same without Jeff Stelling and the boys, but I’ve managed to pick out some great winners for the first time in a few weeks during the break! It’s a good job there’s more qualifiers next month, so you only have to put up with four weeks of bang average tips before I start making you some money again.
At the risk of seeing a massive drop-off of blog viewers at the end of this sentence, the stand out game tonight is in Ljubljana, where Slovenia host England. Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions did what they had to do, which was bore the nation senseless in a 2-0 victory over Malta at the weekend. Slovenia, meanwhile, overcame Slovakia with a tidy 1-0 victory. That was their first win since a friendly victory over Macedonia six games ago in March.
Say what you want about England, but we all know that they rarely get it wrong when it comes to World Cup qualification. They’ve only conceded two goals in their last six World Cup qualifiers away from home, scoring 15 times and remaining unbeaten. From the outside, they’re a solid, yet unspectacular unit that should get past the Slovenians without any problems. 4/6 with BoyleSports and Ladbrokes is a great price for an England win, so stick it on your accumulators. I dare ya.
Daniel Sturridge and Marcus Rashford are two men in decent form. Sturridge bagged a lovely header in the Malta win, while Rashford was voted Manchester United’s player of the month following some great performances. Whoever gets the nod upfront is a good bet for a goal. They’re both 17/10 to score anytime, but wait until the line ups are out before placing your bets.
Elsewhere, Romania join England as a solid 4/6 shout in their away trip to Kazakhstan. The Romanians ripped Armenia apart in a 5-0 demolition over the weekend. It helps when Armenia get a red card after two minutes, and it helps even more when the referee actually sent off the wrong bloke. But I’m not complaining. Kazakhstan aren’t quite whipping boys but they’re not far off.
Switching back to England’s group, Slovakia are a huge 5/4 to see off a Scotland side in discontent. Gordan Strachan has the body language of a man who doesn’t want to be there (who can blame him), and their failure to put Lithuania to the sword is a huge blow to their qualifying chances as well as their confidence. Martin Skrtel returns to the Slovakia side following suspension, so have a think about taking a Slovakia clean sheet at 13/10 with BoyleSports.
Finally, check out the Denmark-Montengro game for some great value. You can pick up odds of 5/1 for an away win there. The Montenegrins are no mugs and have quality dotted around their side in the form of Stefan Savic and Stefan Jovetic. Denmark are a side that always flatter to deceive, and are already in trouble following a convincing defeat to Poland on Saturday. Cheeky tenner on that?
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Montenegro to nick a surprise win at Denmark at 5/1.