Belgium v Switzerland: First Goal Scorer Eden Hazard – 16/5
Roberto Martinez’s side have continued their goal scoring gluttony since Russia, flooring Scotland with four unanswered scores before settling for just three while freezing out Iceland’s attack in their Nation League debut.
Now it’s their turn to poke holes in the Swiss defence. This hasn’t always been the easiest task in the past, though they were more adventurous in Russia than previous tournaments – there’s still a great buzz off Xherdan Shaqiri’s winner against Serbia.
They also blasted through the blue Icelandic wall recently in a 6-0 win over England’s Euro 2016 conquerors, so there’s some appeal in the Both Teams to Score bet here if you’re looking for a shorter price, but we fancy Eden Hazard to continue his rip-roaring form by breaking the deadlock in this.
The (for now) Chelsea man can continue to bump up his wages for whenever Real Madrid prise him away from London by banging goals for club and country this season, and just looks so dangerous whenever he plays that taking the 16/5 offered on him makes sense to us. He’s 10/11 in the Any Time market if you prefer a safer play.
Austria v Northern Ireland: Austria To Win To Nil – 11/10
Michael O’Neill’s men head to Vienna for their second Nations League game with the disappointment of their opener at home to Bosnia surely weighing on their minds.
Another loss in the Austrian capital and UEFA’s latest brainwave will mean nothing to the Northern Irish – at least as far as their Euro 2020 qualification hopes go.
And sadly, it’s hard to look beyond the home team based on recent form, with fixtures away from Windsor Park not roving fruitful for the Ulstermen – they’ve not scored a goal in their last four awaydays a run that includes games against Panama and Costa Rica.
Austria lost their last game, also to Bosnia, but are a tougher prospect back on home soil, where they’ve won six of their last seven, a run that includes wins against Germany, Sweden, Uruguay and Serbia.
The only defeat? Brazil.
The Win to Nil here looks a solid prop.
*All odds correct at time of posting