There’s nothing like an international break to refresh the betting appetite, with choice prices available to any punter willing to put in a little leg-work in the research department.
Here at news.bwin.com, we’ve compiled scrupulous statistical cross-checks, with team news straight out of Baku and a few shrewd observations overheard in a Zagreb chip shop to reveal a quartet of well-priced wagers for Saturday’s nation-on-nation action.
Each is a fine bet in their own right, but combined they pay out a handsome £122.23 to a £10 stake.
Roy Hodgson’s men conceded at a rate of less than one goal every three games in qualifying for Euro 2016, but 90 minutes against Spain illustrated precisely how much that meant last November.
Germany can’t even claim to have been defensively parsimonious in qualifiers. They last kept a clean sheet against Gibraltar, six games ago and have been breached by Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Georgia during that time.
Neither side is lacking the attacking firepower to take advantage of their opponents’ weaknesses.
The appointment of journeyman, former Libya under-21 manager, Ante Cacic has had a surprisingly invigorating effect on Vatreni, who had gone off the boil under predecessor Niko Kovac.
Four wins in as many games under the man with 22 separate coaching roles on his CV sees them in superb form for their trip to the land of all-pervasive paprika.
Bulgaria, Russia (away) and Israel (last Wednesday) were beaten by margins of two goals or more during that sequence and they should have far too much quality for the Magyars, who managed to lose to then-hopeless Greece three games back.
This central-asian skirmish has stalemate written all over it. The hosts are very tough to get the better of on home soil, having lost just four of their last 15 in front of their own partisans.
Kazakhstan, meanwhile, have developed a formula for away respectability over their last five games, which chiefly revolves around conceding as few as possible.
During that time they’ve lost just once (to the Czech Republic) and kept clean sheets against Russia, Iceland and Lativa, despite scoring only three goals of their own.