International Football Preview: England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland expected to perform, but Wales could struggle
by Thomas Rooney
It’s all about international football again this Wednesday, with four of the home nations in World Cup qualification action. Some people’s enthusiasm for international football may have dwindled somewhat over the last couple of years, but it’s still an excellent chance to take part in some football betting. So, let’s preview the games involving England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.
Belarus v England: Fabio Capello’s men weren’t superb against Kazakhstan on Saturday but they got the job done and should do exactly the same against a Belarus team that will provide more of a challenge. The football odds are heavily favouring an England win and if Wayne Rooney performs in a central position like he did in the second half on Saturday – he will help England record a comfortable victory. 0-2.
Germany v Wales: To get a result in Germany is a rather tough ask for Wales. They have a very young side and although they will be in good spirits after beating Liechtenstein, Germany should record their third home win of the qualification campaign. Wales to perform admirably but fall just short. 1-0.
Northern Ireland v San Marino: Nigel Worthington’s men are without a win so far in their quest to qualify for 2010, but they will never have a better chance to record their first victory. San Marino have lost both their games so far and the likes of David Healy should help Northern Ireland to a comfortable home win. If this isn’t the case, Worthington will start to feel the pressure. 3- 0.
Rep of Ireland v Cyprus: Finally for today’s preview, it’s Republic of Ireland. They take on Cyprus and will be hoping to continue their good start to life in Group 8. They took four points from their opening two away games and will be confident of winning their first home game of the new campaign against a Cyprus side that are winless after two games. I like this Ireland side under Giovanni Trapattoni and they should make it three games unbeaten with a home win. 2-1.
So, it is three wins and one defeat for the home nations if my predictions are to be believed. Wales could upset all football odds and get themselves a positive result in Germany, but there is no doubt that they have the toughest fixture of the evening. England, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland really should all emerge victorious.