Germany and Colombia to bring winning form to friendlies

Friendlies can typically prove a challenging hunting ground for winning tips given the difficulties in predicting starting line-ups and tactics, but we believe we have identified five likely selections that combine to create a 26/1 payout.

Germany spearhead our accumulator and home advantage is a big reason why they are taken to beat Paraguay, with the clash taking place in Kaiserslautern.

The visitors, who are bottom of the South American section of World Cup qualifying, are also without main goal threat Oscar Cardozo.

This is in stark contrast to Colombia, who sit second in qualifying and could potentially secure their place in Brazil next year if winning their next qualifying match.

Therefore, Jose Pekerman has named a virtually full-strength squad for the friendly with Serbia in the hope of helping the team gel further, with star strikers Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez in, alongside leading midfielder Fredy Guarin.

Meanwhile, Serbia can often struggle for chemistry under Sinisa Mihajlovic.

Slovakia have failed to beat Liechtenstein or Lithuania away in their World Cup qualifiers and this does not bode well as they travel to Romania, while Slovenia may be toothless in Finland without the midfield creativity of Kevin Kampl and Josep Ilicic.

Finally, Macedonia are bottom of their World Cup qualifying group and they can be expected to struggle at home to Bulgaria, who are unbeaten through their six games.

International friendly selections
Germany to beat Paraguay @ 1/4
Colombia to beat Serbia @ 5/6
Romania to beat Slovakia @ 10/11
Finland to beat Slovenia @ 13/10
Bulgaria to beat FYR Macedonia @ 8/5

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.