The final mid-season international break of 2015/16 concludes with tonight’s round of friendlies.
With Euro 2016 but a few months away, several continental bigwigs have utilised the opportunity to feel out fellow fat cats and, as a result, there are plenty of standout fixtures taking place.
England v the Netherlands is among the most prestigious and it takes the headline slot in our friendly fourfold that pays out at almost 71/1.
Netherlands to beat England @ 15/4
The Three Lions have developed a habit of failing to win the fixture that directly follows a momentous triumph, while seven of the last eight friendlies to involve the Dutch have finished in favour of the away team. Danny Blind’s troops did the business the last time they visited Wembley too.
Sweden to beat Czech Republic @ evens
A surprisingly large price about the Swedes against a lacklustre Czech team well acquainted with the taste of defeat.
Their only non-competitive wins since February 2013 came against Canada and Serbia and they have surrendered the spoils to five of their past six friendly foes too.
By contrast, Sweden have vanquished six of the previous nine sides they’ve hosted and are undefeated in two meetings with their next opponents.
Turkey to beat Austria @ 13/5
Victory in Vienna will be a big ask for Turkey, but they’ll be confident having triumphed in four of their previous five friendlies.
The Austrians don’t have such favourable form to inflate confidence, with just three wins to show from 11 matches where points or progress wasn’t at stake.
Republic of Ireland to beat Slovakia @ 11/10
Martin O’Neill’s men overcame Switzerland last time; it was the fourth home match in succession in which they’ve won without conceding a goal.
With a recent defeat to Belarus and goalless draw with Latvia on their CV, Slovakia shouldn’t prove too large an obstacle to overcome.