Three interesting friendly internationals on Tuesday where narrows wins for Poland and Northern Ireland catch the eye, says Jamie Pacheco...
"A low-scoring win for the hosts Poland looks the sensible betting option here. Poland/Under 2.5 goals keeps 1-0 and 2-0 on your side at 3.0 or better."
Korean fans can cool down Chile
It was a case of too little too late or South Korea at the World Cup, losing their first two games against Mexico and Sweden before a remarkable 2-0 win against Germany that knocked the defending champs out.
As ever, all eyes on Spurs man Heung-Min Son. He'll be glad to get some minutes under his belt here because the excellent form of Lucas Moura means he hasn't had many of them at club level.
They're fresh from a 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Friday night where they were deserved winners after dominating possession, having far more shots on target and corners.
The big news in the Chile camp is that there's no Alexis Sanchez. He was left out to be ready and committed to his club, said the Coach. What a nice guy. But yes, a mini trip to Asia for two games in four days wouldn't have done his energy levels much good and boy, do Man Utd need him at his best. But back to the game.
Their other big name, Arturo Vidal, will be present though and will captain the side.
Missing their star player and having to contend with jet lag and a partisan home crowd may all be a little too much for this Chile side, who probably peaked a couple of years ago.
Take Korea on the Draw/No bet market at [2.32].
In Pole position for low-scoring win
Poland's World Cup was a disaster. Three games, two losses and a win after they were already out. In what was arguably one of only two groups not to have a World Cup contender in it. They were humbled by Senegal and Colombia despite fielding what was their best starting XI at a major tournament in over 20 years.
But they reminded us of what a normally reliable team they are by getting a good 1-1 draw in Italy in their opening Nations League match on Friday night.
But if this is a good crop of players currently available for Poland, it certainly isn't for Ireland. Gone are the days when the likes of Shay Given, Damien Duff and Robbie Keane formed a strong backbone of the team.
There are no stand-out names available to the manager and the best they can hope for in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign is to keep things tight and grind out a few results. They were thrashed 4-1 on Thursday night by Wales.
A low-scoring win for the hosts looks the sensible betting option here. Poland/Under 2.5 goals keeps 1-0 and 2-0 on your side at 3.0 or better.
Irish to nick it
Just one win in eight tells its own story for Northern Ireland. That was against South Korea back in March and their latest reversal was a 2-1 home defeat to Bosnia in their first-ever Nations League match. Their performance arguably deserved better. It's true that their consolation goal was practically the last kick of the game but it's also true that with 67% possession and eight shots on target to Bosnia's three, they'll be wondering how they didn't at least get a point.
But maybe therein lies the problem. Playing a good game is one thing but football is and always will be about being able to score. The quality in attack just isn't there. The fact that all their last nine games at Widnsor Park have been scored by different players (Opta) is fine in that it proves they have more than one goalscoring threat but by the same token it also shows there's no proven goalscorer in the side.
Still, they'll have few better opportunities than this one to get back to winning ways. Israel have lost six of their last seven games, including a 1-0 loss in the Nations League to Albania. Five of those were by a single goal showing that they certainly put up a fight even though they rarely get anything from their matches.
Backing the hosts, who are always far better on home soil than away, to win 1-0, looks the way to go at [7.0].