We’re into single-digit days before the World Cup commences and giddiness is approaching bed-wetting levels.
Warm up matches are taking place in earnest, opening myriad of tributaries for punters to swim into the rich, green waters of the vast River Profit before the green light is given for the main festivities to begin.
A grand 44/1 is on offer for those who share our sentiments on these three fixtures involving Brazil-bound outfits.
All three bets involve a combination of the match result and the 2.5-goal line, starting with Switzerland’s clash with England’s latest victims Peru, where the scoreboard operator will be able to put his feet up for the most part.
Switzerland vs Peru – Switzerland to win and under 2.5 goals @ 21/10
Three Lions supporters were so far short of whelmed following their heroes’ 3-0 vanquishing of Los Incas that the decibels on the pre-World Cup doom mongering were notably tweaked up.
The Swiss, however, won’t manage as many goals as Roy Hodgson’s men against the surprisingly stringent South Americans.
In the 17 matches prior to their England defeat, La Blanquirroja had conceded more than two goals just twice.
Conversely, only once have Ottmar Hitzfeld’s men registered more than a brace in a single match across their last 16, with 12 of these fixtures yielding fewer than 2.5 goals.
Mexico vs Bosnia and Herzegovina – Mexico to win and over 2.5 goals @ 13/5
After the boat was rocked to the point of capsizing in qualifying, El Tri have found form at the right time and will continue their winning run against a patchy Bosnian side.
Having suffered defeat in three of their previous four friendlies, it can be argued that Zmajevi aren’t overly concerned when points aren’t on the line and they’re likely to succumb to a Mexican outfit with five wins and no losses from seven.
Furthermore, only once in their last nine has the goal line limboed under the 2.5-goal mark.
Greece vs Nigeria – Greece to win and under 2.5 goals @ 31/10
Kings of the clean sheet, masters of the miserly, sultans of the stringent, the superlatives lauding the defensive acumen of the Greeks are plentiful.
A staggering 14 of their previous 16 matches would’ve rewarded under 2.5-goal backers and 12 of these resulted in their adversary being unable to score.