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The international break continues on Tuesday night, and Northern Ireland have a great chance to start the Nations League with a home win...

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Northern Ireland v Israel: Northern Ireland – Evens

The visitors are in a ropey run of form, with just one win – over mighty Liechtenstein – in their last nine games, which also includes seven defeats.

There’s also uncertainty around their goalkeeping position, something that should have Kyle Lafferty licking his chops in this one.

The Rangers man has three goals in four games at club level this season, and 19 in 62 for his country, and will fancy his chances of nabbing another against underwhelming opposition.

Michael O’Neill’s side are still recovering from the disappointment of a playoff loss in World Cup qualifying, and Bosnia’s win at Windsor Park on Saturday will not have been in the plan, but they should be organised enough to cause the Israelis problems here and take advantage of an opponent at a low ebb.

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Spain v Croatia: Spain – 4/6

Eyes are on Spain after a major let down in Russia. Though they ducked the infamy of a group stage exit, their penalty shootout slog versus the hosts has raised questions about the 2010 world champions’ future.

Luis Enrique is now in charge though, and the former Barca gaffer has plenty of talent to pick from despite a slew of retirements, as their win at Wembley demonstrated on Saturday night.

The Croats, by contrast, enjoyed an epic run to the final. Ivan Rakitic is expected to make his 100th appearance for his country, but they will be without World Cup hero centre-halves Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida – no really, Lovren is a hero for some people.

We think that’s an ominous sign, and, with a motivated Spain side, this should be a home win.

Bosnia v Austria: Both Teams To Score – 5/6

The Austrians come into this game in excellent form, winning eight of the last nine – results that include victories over Serbia, Uruguay, Germany and Sweden – their only defeat in that run coming at the feet of Brazil.

That’s a run good enough to merit a yodel or two in our view.

They’ve shown they’re capable of rattling the net regularly in that run too, so we’d expect them to get on the board against Bosnia.

The Balkan side aren’t the easiest of opponents to see off either. In World Cup qualifying they lost by the odd goal in seven to eventual semi-finalists Belgium on their own ground, and that was their only home loss of the campaign.

Soccer Football – International Friendly – Austria v Sweden – Generali Arena, Vienna, Austria – September 6, 2018 Austria’s David Alaba celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

With something at stake here, we’d expect them to press hard for goals if Austria get ahead, so both sides scoring should slalom home at 5/6.

Iceland v Belgium: Over 2.5 Goals – 5/6

It looks like the ice may be melting for the Nordic raiders who’ve lit up recent tournaments with cool heads and a red-hot work-rate.

A 6-0 loss in their opening Nations League game to Switzerland suggests they’re skating out of the top tier of the competition after playing above their resources for so long.

The Belgians dismissed Alex McLeish’s Scotland at Hampden Park 4-0 last time out, and Roberto Martinez is known to push his teams forward looking for goals, even when they’re ahead.

Over 2.5 goals appeals here because of their firepower and the waning of the Icelandic blizzard. It’s available at 5/6.

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