by Thomas Rooney
Most people didn’t even realise that there were international matches this week. Admittedly, I was one of them until the back end of last week! So, even though the results of Wednesday’s games mean precisely nothing in terms of World Cup Qualification, they do present an excellent opportunity to carry out some football betting. So, let’s take a look at the games being played by the home nations this week.
Germany v England
Friendly or no friendly – this game means a lot. There is a lot of history between the two sides and no England player will want to lose to Germany. However, the amount of withdrawals from Fabio Capello’s squad completely undermines the game. A crazy amount of players are unavailable and this could effect the result. A draw would be an excellent result for Capello as the momentum will continue after a good recent run. 1-1.
Denmark v Wales
This is a tough game for Wales as the football odds will favour a home win. It will test their young side very much. Aaron Ramsey and co will hold no fear though and they should play with a great deal of freedom. A lot rests on their captain Craig Bellamy who will be hoping to lead by example. 1-0.
Rep of Ireland v Poland
Trappattoni’s men will be without their influential striker for this one as Robbie Keane joins the list of ‘big four’ club players not to be in action in these international fixtures. Shay Given will captain the side in his absence as Ireland look to defend a six game unbeaten run. There is a feel good factor around the squad right now and they should win. 2-1.
Northern Ireland v Hungary
Any win in international football is huge for Northern Ireland. Victory against Hungary could boost their confidence ahead of the more important games and this can only be a good thing. Hungary are a team that sit below them in the rankings and home advantage should pull them through. 1-0.
Scotland v Argentina
In all honesty, this is probably the most interesting game of the night as it is Diego Maradona’s first game in charge of Argentina. It is an historic moment and one which will have an incredible amount of attention on it. I personally worry for though Scotland as they will be far from full strength. Throw in the fact that every Argentina player will want to impress their new boss – it could be a rout. 1-3.