International Friendly Games Give Insights to World Cup TeamsPublished March 23, 2018 by Florin P
National teams play friendly games over the weekend, during the last preparations for the upcoming World Cup 2018.
In anticipation of the most important football tournament in the world, national teams have scheduled friendly games this weekend. Action started on Thursday with just three games, but the most exciting fixtures are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. A single match takes place on Sunday and friendly fixtures resume next week with dozens of matches.
Busy Schedule Ahead for Germany and Spain
The last two world champions will play on Friday in what is arguably the most interesting match of the weekend. Germany will also play against Brazil next week, while Spain locks horns with Argentina, two other teams ranked among the favorites at World Cup 2018. In the Friday match, Germany is credited with the first chance and odds of 3/2 at 10bet Sportsbook. Punters who bet on the visitors to pick up all three points on the road can expect odds as high as 2/1.
Both Germany and Spain have won their groups during the qualifying season and are the top favorites at tournament in Russia. For this match, their managers can rely upon the best starting 11 and will throw everything they’ve got to secure victory. Punters can also take their cues from this match if they plan on doubling down with more bets on next week’s games against Brazil, respectively Argentina.
Italy and Argentina Plan Big Comeback
It’s been a while since these amazing teams were able to win a World Cup trophy, but they have high expectations for the tournament in Russia. Argentina welcomes Italy on Friday in another breathtaking match in which they start as narrow favorites. 888 Sport offers even odds on the home side to win and spectacular value of 3/1 to punters who bet on Italy.
This is the only game played at home against a top team this month, so Argentina will try to pick up all three points for the fans. They have another tough match scheduled against Spain next week, but they will play that one on Spanish soil. Meanwhile, Italy is fielding a younger team for this friendly game, after relying on veterans for more than a decade. With the Italian domestic league on break, their manager can count on the best player for this away game.
England Under Pressure in Netherlands Match
The Premier League is arguably the strongest championship in the world this year, but the English national team is trailing behind. Players are under a lot of pressure to confirm their good form internationally and they have a good opportunity to prove themselves. They play against the Netherlands on the road and according to 10bet Sportsbook they are only mild underdogs. Punters can still expect odds of 17/10 on their victory away from home, while the hosts are priced at 3/2.
Netherlands players are also trying to erase the bad memories caused by the failed World Cup qualifiers campaign. Despite having exceptional players in their formation, the Dutch side was unable to secure a place for the Russian tournament. For the team, these friendly games represent the only chance to compete against top squads. Therefore, they are highly motivated and will take these games seriously.