5pm Brazil V England played in Qatar
If you wish to indulge in some football trading, you won’t be surprised to find that Brazil are the favourites at a best price of 11/10 with Totesport (a £10 Totesport Free Bet is available to new customers). Can’t see that price lasting long as England have a reserve side out, the rest of the main bookmakers have Brazil at Evens which considering England’s team is still a good price. The draw is 12/5 with Sky Bet, while England are 14/5 with Bet365.
Personally I don’t like backing friendly matches but Brazil do look a good price.
8pm Republic of Ireland V France
This is the big game of the weekend for me, Trapattoni has named 10 of his team and looks like the selection between Aiden McGeady and Liam Lawrence for the final place will confirm whether Ireland go for a first leg lead or whether he will be happy taking a 0-0 to Paris on Wednesday night.
With Trapattoni being an Italian it is hard to imagine him doing anything other than giving the final place to Liam Lawrence and playing for a 0-0 draw
My only concern there is Ireland’s inability to keep a clean sheet, in the recent home fixture against Italy they played well but seemed to lack that bit of know-how and managed to concede twice, once late on with the game won.
It’s that lack of experience and (maybe) quality at the back which makes me doubt the Irish can hold out for a clean sheet. On the flip side they probably should have won both the home and away group fixtures against Italy, having played well enough to do so. For these reasons they shouldn’t be intimidated by the French.
Another boost for the Irish should be that all the reports coming out of France suggest that they don’t fancy this fixture much and that confidence isn’t currently very high in the camp.
The French teams big names seem to be an unsettled bunch under the less than popular Raymond Domenech, I can remember during the World Cup in 2006 there seemed to be a massive lack of respect for Domenech from the senior players and Thierry Henry has been critical of the situation with the manager over the last few weeks.
If Ireland as expected go for the clean sheet and try and keep it tight the Under 2.5 goals is 8/15 with Blue Square and Paddy Power, while 0-0 is 13/2 with Sky Bet
In 90 minutes betting Ireland are 12/5 with Bet365 and most other online bookmakers. The Draw is 11/5 with Boylesports and France are 6/4 with Betfred.
To qualify for the World Cup France are favourites at 1/3 with Ladbrokes. Ireland are 13/5 with William Hill (a £25 William Hill Free Bet is available to new customers).