International accumulator: Argentina and Poland picked to win

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There is now a four-month break until the next batch of Euro 2016 qualifiers but the international football action continues this week with a feast of friendlies on the cards this Tuesday night.

Argentina’s encounter with Portugal dominates proceedings but we’ve managed to pick out three other fixtures that are looking ripe for upsets with wins for Hungary and Poland predicted alongside a potential draw between Italy and Albania.

Available at odds of just over 63/1 this is one fourfold that is definitely worth sticking a quid or two on to enjoy alongside England’s tasty trip to Scotland.

Hungary to beat Russia @ 29/10

It seems that Russia’s inability to pay Fabio Capello at present has seen the Italian down tools in the management department, with Russia’s 1-0 loss to Austria on Saturday making it three games without a win for the 2018 World Cup hosts.

Hungary, meanwhile, head into this fixture having won two on the bounce and with the Budapest crowd behind them could be on for a fourth win in five at home, with Russia unlikely to play a full-strength side in what is a meaningless fixture.

Italy to draw with Albania @ 11/4

While Italy have endured plenty of ups and downs in major international competitions over the years, when it comes to friendlies the Azzurri are consistent – consistently poor that is.

It seems the national team simply cannot get enthusiastic about these meaningless matches, with Italy winning just two of their last 16 friendly encounters.

With five of their last eight ending in draws, the chances of Albania – who held France to a 1-1 draw over the weekend – finishing the game all square looks good.

Poland to beat Switzerland @ 29/20

The Swiss may have got their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign up and running with comfortable wins over San Marino and Lithuania most recently, but after losing 1-0 away to Slovenia they are more than capable of suffering defeat to a Poland side in fine fettle.

Poland are in the midst of a six-game winning run and head into this fixture brimming with confidence having finally beaten Germany. With home advantage on their side, we fancy the Poles to score a narrow win here.

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

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