Thursday’s International Friendly Betting Tips: England v Wales, Belgium v Ivory Coast & Russia v Sweden

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The build-up to the upcoming Nations League matches and next summers Euro 2020 tournament continues this week with international friendly fixtures on Thursday. England vs Wales is the highlight but Belgium are also in action against the Ivory Coast.

All of the European teams who are in action on Thursday night will be taking part in Euro 2020 having already qualified, and in the latest betting odds for that tournament, Belgium are best price 7/1 with 888Sport. Some bookmakers have England as the favourites but they are best price 11/2 with the same bookies.

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Russia vs Sweden Prediction

Both Teams to Score – Yes – 4/5 with Paddy Power

Russia have won four of their last five games, albeit against fairly modest opposition. The 2018 World Cup hosts put three past Hungary and Serbia, and five past San Marino and Cyprus. Their solitary defeat was a 4-1 loss to Belgium.

Sweden, meanwhile, have suffered defeats to Portugal and France, after beating Kosovo, Moldova, and the Faroe Islands. It’s fair to say the Swedes have not been come up against an opponent as evenly matched as Russia in a while. Russia are likely to shade it but it wouldn’t a surprise to see both teams scoring.


England vs Wales Prediction

England to Win and Under 3.5 Goals – 6/5 with Bet365

Gareth Southgate came under a lot of criticism for his line-up selection and the ensuing turgid football that resulted during the last international break. The Three Lions were lackluster going football and lacked creativity.

It would be a surprise to see a performance quite on that level but England are far from firing at the moment. As such, the under 3.5 goals market looks like good value, especially when combined with an England win against a Bale-less Wales.


Belgium vs Ivory Coast Prediction

Romelu Lukaku to Score 2+ Goals – 5/2 with Bet365

Romelu Lukaku is an absolute goal-machine for Belgium. His debut season in Italy was a resounding success and the Belgian forward usually delivers when he meets up with the Red Devils (not them).

Supplied by a host of talented teammates, chances shouldn’t be in short supply against the Ivory Coast. The odds could perhaps be a little longer but the likelihood of Lukaku bagging a brace makes this one worth considering. Belgium have scored plenty in their recent internationals whilst their African opponents lost 2-1 to Benin recently.


Euro 2020 Betting Tips

With the delayed Euro 2020 tournament set to take place next summer, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest news, odds and stories ahead of the 2021 tournament around Europe. Check out our Euro 2020 betting tips page for all the latest news as some bookmakers make England favourites to win the tournament.


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