Sigh, it’s that time yet again… International break! Just as you are getting stuck into league fixtures, a spot of Champions and Europa League here and there, perhaps even a bit of League Cup action, they come around to potentially spoil the fun. There is one sure-fire way to liven them up, though. With a big odds Wacky Acca!
Sit back, soak up the value. Let’s see if we can win a bit of dough for the weekend.
Saudi Arabia v Australia, Thursday 6.45pm
It’s the big game of the week here lads, Saudi Arabia v Australia. Now before you book a meal with the in-laws to avoid it, hear us out. Both sides sit atop of Group B with two wins from both games. However, Australia, priced at are yet to concede a goal in their qualifying matches.
They are looking to make the grade for their fourth straight World Cup, dating back to 2006, where they made the round of 16. In the 2014 tournament, they were in a killer group of Spain, Chile and the Netherlands. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia played in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup tournaments, failing to get out of the group stage. They have not since qualified.
Even on the road, it should be simple for the Aussie’s to overcome their rivals here and look like a decent side to have in your acca.
Ireland v Georgia, Thursday 7.45pm
Ireland play host the Georgians in what should be easy pickings for the Boys in Green. It has been over two years since Ireland lost at home and they picked up a whopping 11 points from a possible 15 in their Euro 2016 qualifying journey.
Georgia have never managed to beat Ireland every time the two sides have met and although the price is short at , it seems unlikely Martin O’Neill won’t be pushing hard to secure the three points to further Ireland’s journey to the World Cup.
Italy v Spain, Thursday 7.45pm
Back in the June, Italy dealt Spain a shock blow in the last 16 of the Euros. We all watched, glued to our tellies as Graziano Pelle and Giorgio Chiellini stuck two past David de Gea, and without his abilities it could have been even more. Although this game will be looked at a re-match, we are confident the Italians can crush Spain once again.
The last time Spain defeated Italy as the away side was at the Olympics in 1920, although the Spaniards have dominated the home matches recently. Italy’s recent managerial appointment, Giampiero Ventura, led his side to victory with ten men in their opening World Cup qualifier and can cause an upset against Spain on Thursday at odds of .
Austria v Wales, Thursday 7.45pm
Unbeaten sides Austria (1-0-0, 3 points) and Wales (1-0-0, 3 points) face each other on Thursday, in a game which doesn’t sound sexy but could prove very interesting indeed. Wales at look the best route to take here.
After proving they can perform on the international stage at the Euros, despite previous doubts, they got their qualifiers off to a flier with a 4-0 win over Moldova at home. Gareth Bale found the net twice in that fixture and it looks as though Group D is theirs to lose.
Kosovo v Croatia, Thursday 7.45pm
The battle for top spot in Group I resumes, with both sides on just one point. Although the two sides have never met, this game should prove an easy feat for Croatia, who are blessed with the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
Croatia have played a total of nine games this year, winning five, drawing three and losing just one. They fell foul of Euro 2016 Champions Portugal during the tournament in summer. Kosovo, on the other hand, have played just three fixtures in 2016, notching two draws and one win.
Croatia are more than worth sticking in your acca at to boost your value and widen the odds.