Sunday and Monday’s international football sees the European champions and two Euro 2016 British Isles’ representatives take the field. Their respective fortunes have been folded into a treble that pays just shy of 15/1.
Here’s why it’s worth a wager…
Romania win or draw v Spain @ 11/10
It has taken a long time, but recent results suggest Spain are finally over their World Cup nightmare; their last eight games consist of seven wins and a draw, with just two goals conceded across that timeframe.
Their recent friendly form, however, isn’t so great – their only failure to win across the previous octet came against Italy last time out, which was their fourth failure to prevail in six non-competitive clashes.
It’s a substandard streak Romania can take advantage of; they haven’t lost a friendly since June 2014 and have avoided defeat in the 15 matches that followed it ahead of Spain’s visit.
No nation has prevailed in Bucharest since Turkey did so September 2013.
Ukraine to win to nil v Wales @ 27/20
Spain are the only team to beat the Ukrainians since the Slovakia did so at the start of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, while they haven’t lost a friendly (winning eight of 12) since June 2012. Over this productive period, they kept nine clean sheets.
Such stellar form is something Chris Coleman can only dream of as his team’s worrying build up to the Euros continues. Their only win in the five to follow triumph in Cyprus came against Andorra. They don’t score many at the best of times so the ironclad Ukraine won’t have to work too hard to keep them at bay.
Northern Ireland to draw with Slovenia @ 2/1
As far as testing adversaries go, Slovenia is about as big a challenge Michael O’Neill’s men will voluntarily take on. They’re undefeated in eight ahead of this one, but have tied five of these, including their most recent match against Wales.
Slovenia don’t draw as frequently, but recently snapped a lengthy run without a stalemate to share the spoils in two of their previous five.