Best betting tips to bank on for Thursday
International matches are coming thick and fast, and there are exciting matches to pick from by punters to bank on for Thursday.
HUNGARY vs ICELAND
Strakarnir Okkar have been a major player in international football for the last few years, and they have been a constant thorn for some of the best teams in the world in the meanwhile.
They had held eventual champions Portugal to a 1-1 draw in the Group Stage, and even defeated England in the subsequent Round of 16.
As of now, they are contesting in the top-most League A in UNL, along with the likes of England and Belgium, and in the recently concluded Euro Qualifiers they had finished third behind France and Turkey in Group H.
On the other hand, the Magyars are playing in the League B in the UNL, and they had managed just a second-to-last-place finish in the Euro Qualifiers in Group E.
As such, expect Iceland to have the upper hand this Thursday, in this pivotal playoffs, which determines who makes it to 2021 Euros.
Erik Hamren’s men had won eight of their last fifteen overall match-ups, and of their total seven losses since November of 2018 – five had come against teams that had made it to at least semi-final of the 2018 World Cup.
On the road, they remained unbeaten in eight of their preceding eleven trips, and had also won three of their last four such games.
On the other hand, their opposite number had lost six of their last eleven overall match-ups, and were defeated in three of their former four appearances at home.
Likely, expect Iceland to avoid a loss at the very least this Thursday.
However, understand that this is a playoff game, with a ticket to the 2021 Euros on the line. The Magyars have nothing to lose and everything to gain, and we can expect a fierce fight from them.
On top of that, they also have a terrific h2h record over the years against this rival, and particularly at home.
As such, expect Hungary to score at least once at the Puskas Arena. The BTTS option is priced at 9/4 odds by Bwin.
SERBIA vs SCOTLAND
Serbia come into this game after drawing 2-2 against 10-man Turkey last month in the UEFA Nations League.
Goals from Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Fulham striker Aleksandr Mitrovic for Serbia were cancelled out by strikes from AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu and Fenerbahce utility man Ozan Tufan for Turkey, who had Lille striker Burak Yilmaz sent off in the second half.
Scotland, on the other hand, beat Czech Republic 1-0 last month in the UEFA Nations League. A goal from Newcastle United winger Ryan Fraser early in the first half was enough to secure the win for Scotland.
In two previous encounters between the two sides, Serbia hold a slight advantage. They have won one game and drawn the other.
The two countries last faced each other way back in 2013, with Serbia beating Scotland 2-0, courtesy of a brace from attacker Filip Djuricic in the second half.
Scotland enter this game in better form than Serbia yet are still considered the underdogs as they seek to reach their first tournament finals in 23 years.
The hosts have plenty of firepower in their ranks, not least in the shape of Mitrovic and Milinkovic-Savic, and we can see that making all the difference on Thursday. Serbia to win is priced at 4/6 odds by Novibet.
ENGLAND vs IRELAND
All eyes will be on Wembley Stadium when England and Republic of Ireland face each other in a friendly on Thursday evening. The Three Lions suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Denmark in the Nations League last month, meaning that they are eager to return to winning ways. Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered an injury in a 1-1 draw with Man City at the weekend, and, as a result, he is going to miss the Ireland friendly.
Danny Ings and Kalvin Phillips are injured as well, while Phil Foden returns to the squad. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Tottenham ace Harry Kane. The Boys in Green, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Finland. David McGoldrick announced his retirement from international football, with Luton Town attacker James Collins stepping up. Anyhow, regardless of which players will be deployed in Wednesday’s friendly, home win should be considered as England are eager to bounce back from the loss to Denmark.
With crucial Nations League fixtures fast approaching, we expect both England and Ireland to play with the brakes on in Thursday’s clash in the capital, and little in the way of excitement is expected.
While their lack of thrust in attacking areas remains a major problem for Ireland, the Republic are notoriously tough to open up at the other end, and a combination of those factors has led to plenty of low-scoring, attritional fixtures involving the Boys in Green,
England, who saw under 2.5 goals scored in three of their last five assignments – drew four of their last five encounters with Ireland, the most recent of which was a dour 0-0 friendly draw at Wembley in 2015.
Rather than go for the goals option, we’ll back England to overcome in this fixture, howbeit, with a low scoreline. England to win is priced at 1/3 odds by Bet365.
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