Saturday World Cup Warm-Ups Betting: Tunisia can ruffle Spain's feathers
The World Cup kicks off next Thursday, and a host of teams are making final preparations. Kevin Hatchard's back with three more selections from Saturday's friendlies...
"Spain aren't as defensively watertight in friendlies as you might think, and Tunisia scored twice recently against Portugal."
Spain v Tunisia
Saturday June 09, 19:45
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Goals on the cards in Krasnodar
Both Spain and Tunisia will take part in the forthcoming World Cup in Russia, and while Spain are one of the favourites to lift that famous gold trophy, Tunisia aren't expected to emerge from a group that includes England and Belgium.
However, the north African side have put together a nine-match unbeaten run, and they have scored in eight of those games. They recently scored twice in a 2-2 draw against European champions Portugal, and they also played out a 2-2 draw against Turkey.
Spain aren't as defensively watertight as you might think in friendlies, instead relying on their wealth of attacking talent to get them through games. Both teams have found the net in six of their last eight friendlies, including last Sunday's 1-1 draw against Switzerland.
You can get a price of 5/4 on the Sportsbook for both teams to score, and I think that's an attractive bet.
Sweden v Peru
Saturday June 09, 18:15
Sweden to underwhelm again
Although Sweden deserve huge credit for dumping Italy out of the World Cup playoffs, I'm not optimistic that they will make much of an impact in Russia this summer. Playmaker Emil Forsberg is in poor form, and has been below par for most of the season, and the Scandinavians can no longer call upon mercurial striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Sweden drew 0-0 with Denmark in their last friendly, and now they welcome Peru to Gothenburg. The South American side are on great form, having won their last five games, and having put together a 14-match unbeaten run. Peru have beaten fellow World Cup finals combatants Croatia and Iceland since the start of March, and in the World Cup qualifiers they twice held Argentina to draws and beat Uruguay.
Sweden haven't won any of their last four official friendlies, and they have only scored two goals in that time. I fancy Peru to give them a few problems, so I'll back the visitors Draw No Bet.
Estonia v Morocco
Saturday June 09, 19:00
Morocco to get a shock before finals begin
Morocco are undoubtedly a good side that deserves to be at the World Cup, and may spring a surprise when they get there. They are unbeaten in their last 17 matches, they have an excellent coach in veteran Herve Renard, and they have some exciting players like Amine Harit and Hakim Ziyech.
However, I can't help feeling that their price of [1.45] to beat Estonia in Tallinn is a little too short. For a start, Renard is expected to shuffle his pack with the World Cup opener fast approaching, and it'd be a surprise to see him field his best team.
Also, Estonia's recent home record is decent. They have won three of their last five home games, including an eye-catching 3-0 win over Croatia in March.
This is a bit of a swing for the fences that's based on price, but I think it's worth laying the visitors.
Back Both Teams To Score in Spain v Tunisia at 5/4 on the Sportsbook
Back Peru Draw No Bet vs Sweden at 11/10 on the Sportsbook
Lay Morocco v Estonia at [1.45]