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Home and Away: Costa Rica will be Bol-d over tonight

Impressive: Bolivia's home form has caught the eye recently.

Bet 1: Bolivia (HOME) @ 1.67
Bet 2: Ivory Coast (AWAY) @ 2.6

Jonno Turner turns his attentions to the international calendar for todays Home and Away picks.

With a packed calender of international fixtures, there's plenty to choose from this evening - and we're off to Bolivia, as they host Costa Rica at Estadio Hernando Siles, looking to pick up their fourth win from five games.

Xabier Azkargorta's side will be delighted with their recent form, and they go into this game having smashed a whopping 10 goals in their last four outings on their own patch.

La Verde will be full of confidence following a 4-1 thrashing of Uruguay last time out - and will be desperate to maintain that momentum and positivity through this friendly.

The home side boast in-form Carlos Saucedo in their attack - and the San Jose striker looked a real threat as he notched a hat-trick in his last international outing against the Uruguayans.

Visitors Costa Rica line up for this one having been in mixed form of late, and boss Jorge Luis Pinto will be keen to arrest a slide which has seen his side fail to win in three of their last five away from the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

The away side are going well in their World Cup Qualification group, but their record in these exhibition games in far from sparkling - and 20 without victory from 24 on the road tells its own story, a miserable run which stretches back to 2007.

Bet 1: Bolivia (HOME) @ 1.67


Ivory Coast travel to Austria tonight in cracking form - and Sabri Lamouchi's side will be looking to extend their current 16 game unbeaten run in this friendly.

A 4-2 victory over Senegal last time out underlined the quality of les Elephants, and the visitors have not lost in their last nine games away from home.

Furthermore, seven unbeaten in friendlies shows that the away side does take these games seriously - and their last exhibition game produced an impressive draw away in Russia, a result not to be sniffed at.

And three clean sheets from their last five on the road indicates that the Lamouchi's defence is consistent to hold out the threat of their hosts here.

Austria go into this game having won just two of their last five outings, and will be hoping that they can improve upon that record in this encounter.

Boss Marcel Koller will be happy with recent results, but his side have struggled when faced with quality opposition, and I think that could be their downfall here.

Das Team struggled to dispose of Kazakhstan in their last couple of competitive games, and currently sit fourth in their World Cup qualification group, behind Germany, Sweden and Republic of Ireland.

And in the bigger picture, the hosts have lost eight of their last 14 home friendlies - which suggests inconsistency in the home camp.

Bet 2: Ivory Coast (AWAY) @ 2.6

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14 November 2012

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