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International football tips: A 9/1 four-fold for Saturday’s games

21 Mar | MIN READ TIME |
International football tips: A 9/1 four-fold for Saturday’s games

Our selections for Saturday's international friendlies include wins for Euro 2024 favourites England and France.

While there is a lack of competitive international football on Saturday, there remains a number of exciting friendly games between some well-matched sides.

The highlight is no doubt England’s visit from Brazil, although France hosting Germany is another fixture that certainly catches the eye and we have combed through the day’s excellent coupon to provide our four best bets and a 9/1 acca.

Best bets

Austria or draw v Slovakia /
Belgium to beat Ireland /
England to beat Brazil /
France to beat Germany /

Austria able to cope with in-form Slovakia

Austria’s only loss in their last 12 matches came against a talented Belgium side in October and their impressive run has included victories over Italy, Sweden and Germany, highlighting the improvement they have made under Ralf Rangnick.

They should have too much for Slovakia on Saturday, but their hosts have also enjoyed a solid run of form themselves, winning seven of their last nine matches, and Rangnick’s men will have to work hard for a win in Bratislava.

The last two meetings between the pair have finished level, so take the double chance on Austria or the draw to kick off your four-fold.

Visit of Belgium bound to bring John no joy on debut

John O’Shea was named as interim manager of Ireland in February, but his tenure in charge of the Boys in Green looks unlikely to get off to a dream start when his side host Belgium on Saturday.

The visitors are a supremely talented side, boasting the likes of Jeremy Doku and Lois Openda in attack and should overpower their hosts in Dublin.

Ireland’s only wins in their last seven matches have come against minnows Gibraltar and they have lost three of their last five home fixtures, suggesting that Belgium, who are unbeaten in 11 and have won on their last five away days, should take the spoils at the Aviva Stadium.

Excellent England can see off Selecao

Over the years you would be rather naive to back England to beat Brazil, but the momentum seems to have swung in favour of the Three Lions in recent times.

Gareth Southgate’s side is stacked with supremely talented players throughout the line-up, from Declan Rice to Jude Bellingham to Harry Kane, and they may have too much for an inexperienced Selecao on Saturday.

Eight of Brazil’s 26-man squad for their trip to Wembley are yet to win a cap, suggesting the Three Lions may be set to extend their 10-match unbeaten run against a new-look team, while elongating their visitors’ winless streak to five matches.

Brazil have lost their last three games – against Uruguay, Colombia and bitter rivals Argentina – and look set for a fourth successive defeat when visiting England, who they have failed to beat in their last three meetings.

France far too strong for inconsistent Germany

France, along with England, are the favourites for the 2024 Euros and they can lay down the gauntlet by dominating the tournament hosts on Saturday.

Germany have been inconsistent for some time now and have failed to recover from a 2022 World Cup group stage exit just yet, losing six of their 11 matches since their early departure from Qatar.

Les Bleus, in contrast, have been brilliant since dramatically losing the final in Qatar. They have won eight of their 10 subsequent matches and have been especially dominant at home, winning their five home games in that run by an aggregate score of 25-1 – although that figure is boosted significantly by a 14-0 rout of Gibraltar.

However, they also thrashed the Netherlands 4-0 during that run and their squad is far more talented than their visitors’, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud sure to put a few past a leaky German backline which has shipped 21 goals in their last 10 games.

Germany have lost to Poland, Turkey, Austria, Japan and Colombia in their torrid run, suggesting France should have no issues in sweeping aside their old rivals on Saturday.

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