European giants Spain, Germany good bets in midweek friendlies
The summer internationals continue this week with most of the major European players involved in friendly action ahead of the next round of World Cup qualifying matches.
On Wednesday, Spain play host to Colombia in a game that could feature a few goals. To be fair, there is not much history between the teams, with a friendly in 1981 ending 1-1 and their last encounter in 2011 finishing 1-0 to Spain, who were arguably the best side in the world at the time. That may no longer be the case, but both teams are renowned for playing the game the right way and "over 2.5 goals" looks a decent shout here at even money with bet365.
Julen Lopetegui has been in the job for almost a year now after replacing Vicente del Bosque last summer, and while the Spanish "golden generation" that dominated world football between 2008 to 2012 has passed, this current Spanish vintage is still a squad packed with ambition, desire and ability. They've won both the games they've played so far in 2017, hammering Israel 4-1 before a workmanlike 2-0 victory over France on March 28. They are also handily placed to qualify for Russia 2018, topping Group G after claiming 13 points from five qualifying matches. Lopetegui has left Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Alonso and Ander Herrera out of his latest squad, but the likes of Diego Costa, David Silva and Pedro should all feature.
Colombia, too, have a 100 percent record in 2017 after posting wins against Bolivia and Ecuador. They are second in the CONMEBOL qualifying table behind Brazil and as a result are odds on shots to qualify alongside Spain for next summer's World Cup. Jose Pekerman is a vastly experienced coach who has helped Colombia through a period of transition. They can play their part in an entertaining affair but Spain might just have too much for them on home soil so it could be worth backing Spain to win and both teams to score at 11/4 with bet365.
On Tuesday Germany are a 5/6 chance with bet365 to win in Denmark. The match marks the 25th anniversary of the Scandinavian country's historic 1992 European Championship triumph. The Danes, who had only been invited to the tournament at the last minute following the expulsion of Yugoslavia, confounded the critics and made a mockery of the odds compilers as they went all the way before beating Germany 2-0 in the final.
It was an amazing achievement when you consider the fact that to that point they had only qualified for four previous major tournaments and the fact that Danish football had only turned professional 14 years earlier. The team in 1992 was very talented, but it's a different story these days with Denmark who currently sit third in Group E having only won two of their five qualifying matches so far. Germany, meanwhile, have a perfect record in Group C and have scored 20 goals in their five qualifying matches. They remain one of the best teams in the world and should be too polished for this Denmark side in Copenhagen.