The Daily Acca: Fading European powerhouses to produce goals

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Paul Robinson begins the week with a trio of international friendlies to get stuck into for today's Daily Acca. Here are his selections:

- Back Under 1.5 Goals in Morocco v Slovakia @ 11/8
- Back Serbia @ 13/10
- Back BTTS in Italy v Netherlands @ 4/5

The Acca pays approximately 9/1

Few goals expected in Geneva

Bet 1: Back Under 1.5 Goals in Morocco v Slovakia @ 11/8 - KO 19:00 BST

Morocco began their World Cup warm-up with a 0-0 draw against the Ukraine last Thursday and I can see something similar against Slovakia tonight.

That clean sheet for Hervé Renard's side was their fifth in seven outings and they will have to have their defending down to a fine art within the next fortnight as they have been drawn in a group with both Spain and Portugal.

Their opponents this evening didn't qualify for Russia, even though they finished as runners-up behind England in their qualifying group. They conceded just seven goals in 10 fixtures, but with only 17 scored themselves, they didn't quite have the firepower to accumulate enough points.

Slovakia are undefeated in their four most recent outings - three wins and a draw - but two of those were against the UAE and Thailand, so I wouldn't fancy them too strongly to win here.

Overall I think that this will be a low-scoring affair, and 1-0 either way or 0-0 are strong possibilities.


Struggling Chile to fail again

Bet 2: Back Serbia @ 13/10 - KO 19:00 BST

The selection are playing their first World Cup prep game, as they look to get into a good run of form ahead of group matches against Costa Rica, Switzerland and Brazil.

When they were last in action they beat Nigeria 2-0, but prior to that they were beaten by Morocco and held by South Korea. Mladen Krstajić's men topped their qualifying group though - losing just one of their 10 matches and winning six.

Opponents, Chile, are in a bit of a downward spiral as they failed to make it out of South American qualifying, and were beaten by Romania last week. Five of their last eight outings have ended in defeat and I think it's fair to say that the Serbians will be the hungrier of the two nations.


New managers to continue their scoring streak

Bet 3: Back BTTS in Italy v Netherlands @ 4/5 - KO 19:45 BST

We finish with a bit of a sad tale as neither Italy or the Netherlands will be at the World Cup this year. They are both re-building after poor qualifying campaigns and they have turned to former players to bring them back to former glories.

Roberto Mancini began his tenure with a 2-1 success over Saudi Arabia, but they were then beaten 3-1 by France on Friday. It's now three Italian games in a row that both teams to score backers have been paid out, and the recalled, Mario Balotelli, has already got back amongst the goals.

Holland appointed Ronald Koeman a few months ago and after beginning with a loss to England, he then went on to lead his team to a victory over Portugal and a draw against Slovakia.

The latest result was courtesy of a 1-1 scoreline and Koeman seems to have the attack in okay form.

2017/18 P/L (1pt each bet)

Wagered: 240pts
Returned: 215.33pts
P/L: -24.67pts

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