The Premier League’s internationally-enforced hiatus has afforded Manchester United some precious time to get their masses of injured defenders fit again.
Phil Jones, Rafael and Jonny Evans will all be grateful of the fortnight’s domestic downtime as they continue to overcome various setbacks, but a raft of their Red Devils colleagues are conscripted to national service this weekend meaning there’s plenty of action for fans to keep abreast of.
Here are the best international break bets involving Man Utd men:
Wayne Rooney to score first in England v Slovenia @ 3/1
The Man Utd skipper will lead out a Three Lions team who’ve taken a liking to putting inferior outfits to the sword in competitive games at Wembley.
Their last five qualification campaign results at the home of football read: 5-0, 2-0, 4-1, 4-0 and 5-0.
Rooney has featured in four and bagged in each, notching five in total.
He was the deadlock breaker in three of these, as he was on England’s 1-0 win in Estonia last time.
Northern Ireland to avoid defeat against Romania @ 5/4
Evans’ absence is Paddy McNair’s gain, with the 19-year-old included in the Norn Iron squad for the first time following an impressive start to his Red Devils’ career.
Louis Van Gaal’s men have played three, won three with the youngster in from the off, which equates to an unfathomable 75 per cent of their total triumphs of the campaign so far.
After masterminding Northern Ireland’s best ever start to a World Cup or Euro qualifying mission – they’ve won three from three, conceding just once in the process – Michael O’Neill would be well-served turning to the Iron Tulip’s lucky charm in Bucharest.
Both teams to score – no in Netherlands v Latvia @ 6/5
A couple of interesting trends to involve Robin van Persie and Daley Blind’s Dutch team is that the result at interval has been the same at full-time in each of their last eight, while only one or neither participant has found the net in the first 45.
Some obvious in-play angles to exploit here, but for pre-match wagers, backing only one (if any) of the involved parties to bag a goal looks the way to go.
It’s copped in five of de Oranje’s last eight, while Latvia have failed to notch in four of five road games.