We are deep into the international break, with England’s Harry Kane-mania out of the way for a couple of days and the other four British Isles outfits set to strut the stage.
Wales are up later today, so we’ve focused our acca attentions on how to make money from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland’s matches, mixed in with a 2014 World Cup hero for an acca priced up at almost 17/1.
Georgia v Germany – Thomas Muller to score at any time @ 8/11
Bayern Munich’s original ‘Raumdeuter’, a nickname bequeathed on Muller for his space-finding abilities now used on Football Manager, has bagged four goals so far in this international campaign, which have come in braces against Gibraltar and Scotland.
After his Golden Boot-chasing exploits at the last two World Cups, Muller now has England’s Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney, topping the rankings on six and five goals respectively in Euro 2016 qualifying, to shoot at. Expect at least one more strike.
Northern Ireland to beat Finland @ 6/4
Michael O’Neill’s Green and White Army have lost just two of seven matches at their Windsor Park home since February 2012, and have won three of their first four games in Group F, including away to Greece and Hungary.
Finland have lost three of their last five on the road and couldn’t beat Yemen last time out at home in a friendly, so they shouldn’t be up to too much.
Scotland (-4) to beat Gibraltar @ 3/4
The newest fully-fledged football nation in Europe may have dispensed with keeper Jordan Perez on the hour mark during their 7-0 defeat to Ireland, after the 28-year-old had shipped 14 strikes in his last 150 minutes of football, but Gibraltar’s problems don’t merely lie in goal.
They gave up 27 chances in a 4-0 away loss to Germany, who were wasteful/merciful. It may be a dream fixture for visiting manager David Wilson, a Scot with no discernible football pedigree, but home gaffer Gordon Strachan ought to be aiming high here.
Republic of Ireland v Poland – Over 2.5 total goals @ 11/8
This looks an absolute banker based on the away side’s form, as four of Poland’s past five games have had at least four goals in them, and the other was a 2-0 win at home to Germany.
Ireland boss Martin O’Neill is being urged from all sides to be positive after The Boys in Green’s dreary 1-0 loss in Scotland, so the hosts should hold up their end of the bargain in Dublin.
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