A lot of punters aren't too keen on international breaks because of the reduced schedule, and arguably the toughest spell of all is the final few days between the second set of international fixtures and the return of the European top flights.
There is still sufficient televised action if you venture outside your comfort zone though, as these Australian A-League, FA Cup first round replay and Brazilian Serie A examples prove...
Melbourne Victory 1.42/5 v Central Coast Mariners 8.88/1; The Draw 5.59/2
Live on BT Sport 1
These two teams have a series of habits pointing to a particular scoreline. The first thing that you can be pretty confident of is a victory for Victory. They have won seven in a row at home and face a side winless in 18 on their travels, losing seven in eight. The past five head-to-heads all went the way of the Melbourne club as well.
Now for the numbers game. The hosts have netted exactly three times in six of the seven fixtures which formulate their AAMI Park hot streak, with Central Coast Mariners conceding that many in three of their last four road reverses but never firing a blank.
Three of their most recent four league defeats were inflicted by 3-1 margins, which is the same outcome as occurred in three of their latest five meetings with these foes.
Recommended Bet: Back Melbourne Victory to win 3-1 @ 11.010/1
Maidenhead 5.69/2 v Port Vale 1.75/7; The Draw 4.1
Live on BT Sport 2
It is easy to see why the BT Sport cameras have been enticed to York Road for this FA Cup replay, with the logic being that if the National League South side could hold their League One opponents - that's a three-division gap - away, they are at the very least capable of repeating that trick at home.
However, this line of thought ignores the way that the initial tie unfolded, with Port Vale establishing a first-half lead, slacking off in a manner that boss Rob Page labelled "totally unacceptable" and being pegged back in the fourth minute of injury time.
Such carelessness will not be tolerated twice and their record away to inferior adversaries offers Valiants backers plenty of encouragement. They triumphed in their last three FA Cup trips to clubs lower down the pyramid - scoring ten in the process - and are unbeaten in four visits to bottom-six League One teams this term.
Recommended Bet: Back Port Vale to win @ 1.75/7
Vasco da Gama 3.259/4 v Corinthians 2.56/4; The Draw 3.3512/5
Live on BT Sport 2
Corinthians are on a five-match winning run and will seal their first title in four years with victory, yet it won't be that easy. Vasco da Gama, runners-up in that 2011 campaign are scrapping for survival again in second-bottom, and they really are fighting, losing just once in 11 league encounters.
They haven't been defeated in front of their fans by the champions elect since 2006, drawing the past four showdowns in Rio de Janeiro, and that result looks the most plausible again. Vasco da Gama have shared spoils in five of their last six games, including two in three as hosts.
Recommended Bet: Back the draw @ 3.3512/5