The final midweek of Football Internationals take place on Tuesday, with a a couple of prestige friendlies to look forward to, among a dozen or so games being played. Below we take a look at four of these matches, with a tip for each.
All matches played on Tuesday. Prices quoted from bet365 at time of writing
Russia v Spain (6:45pm)
The World Cup hosts, Russia continue their preparations against Spain in St.Petersburg, as they look for a first win in three games, following a narrow 1-0 loss to Argentina last week.
Russia were unlucky to not get a result against the Argentines, who won, thanks to a late Sergio Aguero strike, but more is needed from Stanislav Cherchesov’s side, who were dominated for most of the game
Spain eased to a 5-0 win over Costa Rica, as they made it fifteen games unbeaten, since Euro 2016,with David Silva scoring a brace.
It’s fair to expect a similar match pattern to the Argentina game, with Russia defending deep and Spain having most of the possession and a Spanish win looking very likely.
Spain to win to nil @13/10
Germany v France (7:45pm)
Two big European rivals meet once again, as Germany and France resume hostilities in Cologne, as the hosts look to get the better of their opponents for the first time in a while.
Germany drew 0-0 at Wembley, against a depleted England side last week, which ended a run of seven successive victories. Joachim Loew played a strong side but were unable to unlock the England defence.
France beat Wales 2-0 in their last game, stretching their unbeaten run to six matches, in a comfortable evening for Didier Deschamps’ side.
The French have won the last two meetings (both 2-0) and will fancy their chances once again, despite the absences of Giroud and Pogba, especially with Joachim Loew confirming that he will play fringe squad players for the game.
Score Draw @7/2
England v Brazil (8:00pm)
England take on Brazil at Wembley, in a match that always delights when the selecao appear at the home of football.
A depleted England side, held Germany to a goalless draw on Friday, in a strong performance by some of the younger squad members, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek highlighted for special praise by many.
Brazil beat Japan 3-1 in Lille last week, as the South American group winners extended their unbeaten run to six games, with goals from Jesus, Neymar and Marcelo.
England are unbeaten against Brazil in the last two meetings but it will be a tougher night on Tuesday, with Gareth Southgate rotating the side to accommodate other members of the squad and to appease Premier League managers ahead of a busy weekend. Brazil should be too strong for the home side.
Brazil to win and both to score @11/4
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