The Premier League takes a break this weekend due to the international fixtures, but there are still plenty of opportunities to make profit on the football. Here are Kurt Bristoll’s best bets from the international fixtures, League 1 and League 2.
Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Republic of Ireland – Bosnia & Herzegovina to win
Ireland were unlucky not to qualify for Euro 2016 automatically; after a great campaign, they fell at the last hurdle in a 2-1 defeat away to Poland. Meanwhile, Bosnia came third in a tough group, finishing behind Belgium and Wales. I can see this being a very tight game with few chances, but unfortunately, I can’t see Ireland winning this one. Bosnia have won their last three home games, including a 2-0 win against Wales, and their squad seems a lot stronger than Ireland’s. If I was to pick a correct score, I would say 1-0, but I’ll just go with a Bosnia win.
21/20 with SkyBet
Spain vs. England – Under 2.5 goals
With Spain and England having both already qualified for Euro 2016, they can focus on friendly matches where they can give new players and new tactics a chance. I can’t see this being a very interesting game; in the last four meetings between these two, there have been a total of five goals. I expect a lot of possession of the ball for Spain, but a game of few chances and few goals.
4/6 with Paddy Power
Swindon vs. Scunthorpe – Scunthorpe to win
Swindon are on a terrible run of form at the moment. They haven’t won at home since the first game of the season, and the last time they picked up all three points in the league was away to Crewe at the beginning of September. In their last five games in the league, they have managed four losses and one draw. Scunthorpe, on the other hand, currently sit mid-table and will be fairly happy with that; any newly promoted side wants to make an instant impact, and they are doing just that. They have four wins in their last five games and I expect them to get another one here.
6/5 with Paddy Power
Northampton vs Mansfield – Northampton to win
These two sides currently sit fifth and sixth in League 2, with Northampton in front by two points, so we could be in for a great game with this one. I expect Northampton to just edge this match, continuing their unbeaten run in their last four matches, picking up three wins and one draw. Mansfield started the season brightly, but seem to be dropping off a bit now; they have only one win in their last five matches, having only scored two goals in that time too.
23/20 with Coral
York vs Plymouth – Plymouth to win
Plymouth sit top of League 2 with 35 points, five points clear of Oxford United in 2nd place. York are 22nd in the league, only three points in front of Yeovil and the relegation places. This should be a fairly routine win for promotion candidates Plymouth. York have lost their four games, and while Plymouth have stuttered a bit recently, I expect them to pick up all three points here.
6/5 with William Hill
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