No matter how glamorous and far-reaching your team’s pre-season tour is, the results are often a matter of insignificance for fans.
Yet, with so many friendlies taking place today, it would be a shame to pass up a good betting opportunity through apathy.
To drum up some interest in the day’s fixtures, the tipping taskforce at news.bwin.com have strung a fourfold together that features a trio of non-competitive kickabouts and the third quarter-final from the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
So we’re rooting for Watford, West Brom, Brentford and Trinidad and Tobago, with victory for the quartet entitling bwin backers to a payout of just shy of 20/1.
Here’s why it’ll be a winning wager:
Watford to beat SC Paderborn 07 @ 8/5
A disappointing Bundesliga campaign saw Markus Gellhaus’ side banished back to the second tier and with their season due to start next weekend, this is their final friendly.
SC spanked Bolton 4-1 last time out, but this was only their second win of five non-competitive clashes.
The Hornets are by some margin the strongest outfit they’ve faced so far and with ten goals notched in their three pre-season games, their overwhelming attacking muscle will see them through.
West Brom to beat Richmond Kickers @ 13/20
The Baggies will complete their tour of the United States’ eastern seaboard against USL side Richmond having experienced mixed fortunes on the trip so far.
A 3-1 reverse against Orlando City was followed up with a 2-1 win against Charleston Battery.
Should Tony Pulis field a team as strong as he has done in the previous pair of tour matches, Albion are in for a stroll here against an outfit who have failed to win four of their previous five domestic games.
Brentford to beat Boreham Wood @ 1/2
The Bees tackle Hertfordshire opposition for their second pre-season game thus far having beaten Farense 3-0 last time out.
A second tier team in Portugal, Boreham Wood, it’s safe to assume, are not the same calibre of adversary and a record of seven straight friendlies against Football League opponents without a win further emboldens this claim.
Of this septet, one of the games was against Brentford, who won 3-1 here 12 months ago. Expect them to snare the spoils yet again.
Trinidad and Tobago to beat Panama @ 11/5
Despite topping their Gold Cup group, the Caribbean outfit find themselves underdogs for this quarter final, which is great news for us punters.
Were it not for some closing-stage mayhem against Mexico with whom they drew 4-4, the Soca Warriors would’ve been flawless in qualifying.
They found the net nine times, dwarfing Panama’s effort of three.
The Central American side drew each of their games, squandering the lead on every occasion.
A tendency to concede and not much going forward, they look ripe for elimination here.