Euro 2016 qualifiers: Five best international break bets
Coral help customers enjoy the international break by highlighting brilliant bets across Euro 2016 qualifying. So, with a host of intriguing Thursday fixtures coming up, see our five fantastic picks for punters below…
Scotland v Poland: Scotland 11/1 to take a half-time lead and fail to win
The final two rounds of qualifying clashes promise to be thrilling in Scotland’s Group D. Gordon Strachan’s Scots sit four points behind third place rivals Republic of Ireland, who face Germany and Poland still themselves.
Spirited Scotland have lost both of their past two battles despite best efforts, failing to win in three, so are truly tempting at 11/1 to lead at half-time but still miss out on a vital victory.
Having also lost a lead to the Pole’s previously in the reverse, and succumbing to Die Mannschaft dramatically last time out despite seemingly headed for a draw, back the Tartan Army’s team for a footballing tragedy.
Republic of Ireland v Germany: Thomas Muller 5/1 to score two or more
Muller’s marksmanship can make the difference for Germany here, as the World Cup-winners will not want to slip up. Two points ahead of the chasing pack in closest competitors Poland, Joachim Low’s Group D leaders still need to secure top spot.
Bayern Munich goal machine Muller is the obvious name out of the hat, with his deadly Die Mannschaft finishing well known. Six strikes in the sharpshooter’s last four qualifiers mean Muller is fantastic at 5/1 to bag a brace or better, which sounds even more sublime as he hit a double last time out to sink the Scots.
Portugal v Denmark: Navigators 19/4 to win 1-0
Going by recent form, both the Portuguese and Denmark have been rather net-shy, so punters should not expect too many fireworks from this fray. With home advantage, Cristiano Ronaldo and co are intriguing value at 19/4 for victory by a 1-0 scoreline, a repeat of the return in Scandinavia last October.
Portugal have also won two of their last three matches in all competitions by that result, which backs this bet up, while the Danes have failed to notch at all in their previous two games.
Georgia v Gibraltar: Georgia to 19/5 win and both teams to score
The Georgians won the previous dust-up with Gibraltar emphatically, but the tenacious British Overseas Territory are not to be trifled with, having gotten on the scoresheet against more formidable opponents in this qualifying campaign – Poland and Scotland – and both away.
So, the Crusaders make sense at 19/5 to win but to also concede, having already leaked seven strikes in their past four Euro qualifying games.
Northern Ireland v Greece: Gareth McAuley 11/2 to score anytime
Group E toppers Northern Ireland have been dealt a blow by injury to leading scorer Kyle Lafferty. Yet, all is not lost against the already eliminated Greeks, who boast little threat or flair and have conceded eight in eight.
To stay ahead of second spot Romania, the Green and White Army still have West Bromwich Albion’s McAuley, who is surprise second-top scorer behind Lafferty in their pool and can fire them ahead.
Having hit three already, with two from as many of his last outings, Coral are offering odds of 11/2 for the centre back set-piece threat to net anytime.