Cha-ching! Our tails are up after PSG completed our 13/5 banker treble on Sunday. All attention turns to the international scene this weekend. The eagerly anticipated crunch game between Ireland and Wales takes place in the Aviva Stadium Friday night. Have a gander at this week’s selections as we look to continue our winning streak.
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We are playing a bit safe this week with a 6/4 treble, the International break offers less games to choose from so its better safe than sorry.
We get the ball rolling on Friday night with Croatia to beat Ukraine. The Croats have one of the most star studded Midfield lines in international football. You can be confident Croatia will dominate possession and hopefully this leads to plenty of scoring opportunities for Mario Mandžukić upfront. Nothing really scares me about Ukraine – except Crimea.
Next up on Saturday is Belgium to beat the Greeks. Greece invented parking the bus and watching them play can be bad for the mental health. Belgium’s Eden Hazard is injured but this won’t stop them from picking the stagnant Greeks apart. Benfica striker Kostas Mitroglou will be the biggest threat to the Belgian defence that has conceded just once so far this campaign.
Portugal to beat Hungary is our final selection to round up the treble. These two sides produced the game of the Euros last summer with a 3-3 draw in France. The European champions have plenty of young talent making waves at the highest level and should have enough to win with home advantage. It also never hurts to have Ronaldo upfront!
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Ireland v Wales Draw 2/1. We are the draw masters and it may just please both parties here. The Welch could accept a point with a view to beat us in Cardiff, while we would be content to retain the 4-point lead. There are plenty of worse ways to lose a bet should Ireland manage the win. COYBIG!
Italy to beat Albania 2/9. No value here, not much risk either but it rounds up our winnings to a nice square figure. I’ve done extensive research on Albania and as it turns out, they’re shit.
Holland to beat Bulgaria 4/7. Group A is tough. The Dutch have been a mess for a while now and failed to qualify for the Euros last summer. On paper their squad looks decent, captain Arjen Robben looks like he’s back to his best for Bayern, meanwhile Memphis Depay has found his level at Lyon. Bulgaria, who conceded 3 against Luxemburg in their opener look very average. Holland should have enough ability here to edge a narrow away win.
Poland to beat Montenegro 10/11. The final leg of our accumulator takes place in Montenegro on Sunday night. Goal machine Robert Lewandowski is the big difference between these two sides. Lewandowski is joined top scorer with Ronaldo in the qualifying campaign so far with 7 goals each. The Bayern Striker shows great leadership when lining out for Poland and doesn’t shy away from the donkey work. At 10/11 Poland are good value for the win.
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By Ciarán Cunningham, 21st March 2017