Just when you’re getting your teeth into the new Premier League season, England have to come along to replace the regularity of drama with monotony.
Don’t fear though, because the rest of the international calendar throws up a host of ripe betting opportunities and we’ve pieced four of them together for an accumulator worth around 24/1:
Denmark to beat Turkey @ 6/5
The Danes are unbeaten in three straight games at home, winning clashes with Malta, Norway and Sweden.
Away from home Turkey won six games on the bounce until they came up against a team of any notable quality, which was the USA last time out, when they lost.
Both teams to score in Czech Republic v USA @ 17/20
Seven of the Tomas Rosicky-skippered Czechs’ last 10 games have seen goals be scored by both sides, a run which has paid out in their last three consecutive matches.
Similarly, Jurgen Klinsmann’s American troops have ticked this particular betting box in all but two of their last eight international matches.
Germany to beat Argentina @ 9/10
Not only will the galling defeat the Argentines suffered to Joachim Low’s side in the World Cup final still be hanging over them, but they have to try and banish those demons in the cauldron that is Germany.
Die Mannschaft have not lost an international in their homeland in 10 straight outings, while La Albiceleste’s last three non-World Cup away games all ended without a win.
Under 1.5 goals in Republic of Ireland v Oman @ 23/10
People casually declaring this as a home nation’s easy thumping of a footballing minnow haven’t quite studied the Arab state’s defensive prowess.
The last time they shipped more than one goal in a game was in March last year (15 games ago). In the last 11 of those 15 matches, the Red Warriors have conceded just one goal.
Martin O’Neill’s Ireland aren’t in fabulous form, having gone winless in the last six matches and they haven’t scored more than once in any of those outings.