Italy host Ukraine in Genoa, while Turkey welcome Bosnia and Spain travel to take on Wales
It’s international week once again and there are some mouth watering ties in friendly matches over the coming days. In Europe, Italy desperately need to get back on track when they host Ukraine, while Turkey are set to lock horns with Bosnia and former world champions Spain look to continue recovery from their World Cup hangover away to Wales.
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First up, Italy host Ukraine in Genoa looking to turn around some dire recent form. Since Roberto Mancini took over at the helm of the Italian ship, the side has won just one of five games – and that was his very first, in a friendly game against Saudi Arabia.
Ukraine, by way of comparison, come into this match on the back of a run of seven matches without a loss and can therefore face Italy brimming with confidence. Ukraine, however, have never beaten Italy in seven previous games, and the Italians have won all three of the most recent meetings between these two teams.
It is therefore of little surprise that Italy come into this encounter as the overwhelming favourites to walk away victorious. You can back the Italians to pick up a much needed win at just 1.72, while Ukraine are out at 5.50 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.30, according to Oddsshark.
We are however expecting a closely fought affair, and a 2-1 win for Italy is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out. You could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at a price of 2.15, while both teams to score is at 2.00.
Bosnia look to continue recent form away to Turkey
The following day, Bosnia travel to take on Turkey in a bid to continue their excellent recent form. The Bosnians are undefeated in their last six matches and have won their last three games in a row, including a hugely impressive 3-1 win away to South Korea back in June, and they have a 100 per cent record in the UEFA Nations League following victories over Northern Ireland and Austria.
Turkey, meanwhile, are in need of a win after a poor run of form which has seen them win just two of their last six matches. They have three points from two games in the UEFA Nations League and won their most recent game away to Sweden.
And with home advantage in this one, it is Turkey who come in as the favourites to make it two wins on the bounce. You can back the Turks to pick up the victory at just 1.83, with visitors Bosnia out at 4.33 to triumph on the road – a draw is priced in the middle at 3.50.
And we are expecting the home side to build on their win over Sweden. A comfortable, 2-0 win for the home side is priced at 8.00, while you could almost triple your money by backing Turkey to win to nil (without Bosnia scoring a goal) at a price of 2.87.
Wales look to pull off shock against Spain
And finally, Wales will be looking to upset former world champions Spain at the Principality Stadium on Thursday night. The Dragons however have won just two of their last six matches in front of their own fans and are struggling for both form and confidence.
Spain, meanwhile, have won their first two matches under new boss Luis Enrique and will be confident of making it a hat-trick. Spain’s technical quality would look to be just too strong, and Enrique’s side are at just 1.53 to pick up a win on their travels.
Despite home advantage, Wales are all the way out at 6.00 to cause a shock, with a draw priced in the middle at 4.00. A 3-1 win for the visitors is priced competitively t 13.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment – you can also double your money by backing both teams to score at 2.00.
International friendly fixtures:
Wednesday, 10 October
(1.72) Italy x Ukraine (5.50); draw (3.30)
Thursday, 11 October
(1.83) Turkey x Bosnia (4.33); draw (3.50)
(1.062) Argentina x Iraq (21.00); draw (13.00)
(6.00) Wales x Spain (1.53); draw (4.00)
(1.20) France x Iceland (11.00); draw (7.00)
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