Never let it be said that UEFA don’t put on a good spread – there’s a 17-course gourmet-punting banquet on offer as England open their European Championship qualifying account in Basel.
Like your own personal food taster, bwin have sampled each and every one in order to see that you don’t fall victim to the lethal poison of foolish betting practices.
Here are five of the choicest morsels…
Switzerland v England – draw @ 21/10
If ever a game had draw written all over it this was the one.
Of the European sides that qualified for Brazil 2014, only Italy drew as many as Roy Hodgson’s men in doing so, with safety first stalemates played out away against Poland, Montenegro and Ukraine, aka every half-dangerous foe in their group.
A pipe-opener of zero fluency against Norway meant little could be expected going forward even before Daniel Sturridge’s injury.
The Swiss have either drawn their last four competitive home games or prevailed by a single goal, which hardly vouches for their incisiveness.
Furthermore it’s too soon to expect them to click convincingly in what is their first match of any kind under new broom Vladimir Petkovic.
Moldova (+2) to beat Montenegro @ 53/100
In the wake of their 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by England, the pint-sized nation on Romania’s coattails affected a quite astonishing transformation in form.
This tie sees them return to the forge of their newfound self-respect, with the Montenegrins’ hammered 5-2 on the home soil of their fledgling nation but a year ago.
While Moldova have lost five of the nine matches to transpire since then, not once have they done so by more than a single goal – their hosts haven’t notched in two games either.
Italy to beat Norway @ 4/5
The Norsemen’s limitations were there for all to see against England and they’re expected to fall under the wheels of an Italy side seemingly revitalised by new boss Antonio Conte’s presence.
Norway have lost eight of their last 14 matches, the same amount in which they’ve failed to notch and confidence is sure to be high in the Azzurri camp after a 2-0 win over the Netherlands.
Spain to beat Macedonia/under 3.5 goals @ 27/20
Their omnipotence may have been unquestioned until eviscerated by the Netherlands at the World Cup, but making it count in the scoring charts had been an issue for La Roja for some time.
Just once in the last 14 games have Spain’s opponents been stung for more than two strikes, offering the Macedonians every chance of keeping it real in defeat here.
Croatia (-3) to beat Malta @ 27/10
The Falcons have been bested without drawing blood in their last five successive road fixtures against foes as dubious as Albania, Azerbaijan and even Gibraltar.
In competitive action against more serious protagonists they’ve been more thoroughly exposed, sustaining 6-0 away-day losses to Denmark and Bulgaria in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Having put four past Cameroon in Brazil, Vatreni have the quality to bring the pain once more.