Football Tips: Our 15/1 BTTS acca for Thursday’s international matches

PPTV presenter Carl Monaghan is back once again for Thursday's games.

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Spain v Greece – BTTS – Yes

Spain should come into this game full of confidence on the back of beating Germany 6-0 in Andalucía back in November. There is plenty of quality in the Spanish squad and we are likely to see the likes of Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets, Ferran Torres, Marcos Llorente, Mikel Oyarzabal and Alvaro Morata all feature. A Spanish win looks on the cards for sure but I have a sneaky feeling that the Greeks can land a glove in this one. In Vangelis Pavlidis they have a goal threat, albeit an inexperienced one.

19:45: Spain v Greece
Sky Sports

The Willem II forward is just 22, but has 10 goals this season in the Dutch top flight. He is definitely one to watch for the Greeks and I quite fancy him to score in this game. The visitors are unbeaten in their last five games so this will probably be closer than people expect.

Sweden v Georgia – BTTS – Yes

This will be the first-ever competitive game between the nations. But it’s the return of the divine-like Zlatan Ibrahimovic that will take all the headlines here no matter what the result. The all-time Swedish top scorer retired from International duty after Euro 2016 but a good run of form and fitness has seen him make a shock return to the national team. Georgia are no pushovers however and come into this game unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.

19:45: Sweden v Georgia
Sky Sports

Willy Sagnol’s men were also fairly impressive in the recent Euro Qualifiers, losing only in the finals of the playoffs to North Macedonia. Sweden come into this game looking to get back on track after a dreadful Nations League campaign that saw them lose five of their six games in the competition. They were relegated from Tier A as result but in fairness to the Nordic outfit, they were drawn in a group alongside France, Portugal and Croatia. I am expecting a close game in this one and I fancy Both Teams to Score at least once.

Italy v Northern Ireland – BTTS – No

Italy come into this game on the back of a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina last November at the Stadion Grbavica. Northern Ireland, meanwhile, drew 1-1 against Romania last November at Windsor Park. A goal from Hearts striker Liam Boyce was cancelled out by a strike from Ural Yekaterinburg forward Eric Bicfalvi for Romania. Italy have a good squad, with the likes of Federico Chiesa, Manuel Locatelli and Ciro Immobile all enjoying good seasons at club level. Young stars like Gaetano Castrovilli, Chiesa, Locatelli, Moise Kean and Gianluigi Donnarumma display a wealth of talent in their ranks.

19:45: Italy v Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland will have to rely on the experience provided by players such as Jonny Evans and Steven Davis. Manager Ian Baraclough has named some young talents as part of the squad, including Newcastle United left-back Jamal Lewis and St Johnstone midfielder Alistair McCann. Result-wise one would have to fancy the Azzurri. Their superior fire power should be enough to win this game and I also fancy them to keep a clean sheet.

Scotland v Austria – BTTS – Yes

Steve Clarke’s side are unbeaten in their last six games at Hampden Park and the visitors come into the game having clearly improved significantly over the last few years. The Austrians finished second to Poland in their Euro 2020 pool. They then enjoyed more success when heading a B-level group that contained the likes of Norway and Romania. Austrian coach Franco Foda would have been a relieved man when he got news that his 19 German-based players were made available for selection despite quarantine regulations.

19:45: Scotland v Austria
Sky Sports Main Event

This means the likes of Bayern defender David Alaba and Leipzig striker Marcel Sabitzer have been made available. I fancy this to be a score draw and this match is the final part of the jigsaw in our BTTS acca.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change.

Thursday night’s BTTS acca:

19:45: Spain v Greece – BTTS: Yes
19:45: Sweden v Georgia – BTTS: Yes
19:45: Italy v Northern Ireland – BTTS: No
19:45: Scotland v Austria – BTTS: Yes

*An acca with these four selections will pay around 15/1 with Paddy Power.

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