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 By Derek Bilton

World Cup countdown: England to see off Netherlands Brazil can beat Russia

Ian Darke and the ESPN FC crew look ahead to the World Cup.

Another weekend win for the Home Banker as Manchester United beat Brighton without conceding but Juventus failing to beat lowly SPAL cost the column a profit overall.

This week punters will be eyeing up a whole host of top class international friendlies, including England's trip to Amsterdam to face Netherlands.

Running total: -£75.04

The Home Banker

5/6 looks a diamond bet on both teams finding the net when England face Netherlands on Friday evening. England are unbeaten in their last six internationals and given that Gareth Southgate still probably doesn't know his best XI, expect a few changes against the Oranje, who line up for the first time under Ronald Koeman. The Netherlands have won their last five, and looked useful last time out as they beat Romania 3-0.

Selection: £6 on both teams to score at 5/6 with bet365 

The Tasty Treble

Italy, who failed to qualify for their first World Cup finals since 1958 after losing a playoff to Sweden at the back end of last year, face Argentina on Friday in the unlikely surroundings of the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Mario Balotelli misses out but the evergreen Gianluigi Buffon has been recalled for the Azzurri, and the draw looks a big runner in this one at 23/10. France, one of the World Cup favourites, look good things at 1/2 to beat Colombia at the Stade de France. Add in Japan, who look a very generous price at 10/11 to beat Mali, and you have a treble paying in excess of 8/1.

Selection: £2 on the treble at 8.44/1 with bet365 

The Euro Wager

The previous two winners of the World Cup face off in Dusseldorf on Friday evening as Germany host Spain. These European behemoths are known for their attacking football and that's why 4/1 on both teams scoring in the first half looks pretty generous. Seven of Spain's last eight internationals have produced three goals or more, and La Roja are also unbeaten in their last 16 matches.

Selection: £2 on both teams to score in the first half at 4/1 with bet365 

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The Wildcard Tip

The rebuilding starts now for the Dutch with Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder both having retired from international football in the last six months. New boss Koeman would love to hit the ground running but his new squad lacks genuine depth and England look the call here in a game that should feature a few goals. With Harry Kane out injured this is a good opportunity for Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford to catch the eye and an England win in a game where both teams find the net is available at 5/1 with bet365.

Selection: £2 on England to win and both teams to score at 5/1 with bet365 

The Bookie Basher

Brazil have been in fine form recently as they prepare for an assault on what would be a sixth World Cup. They travel to 2018 hosts Russia on Friday and if they are anything near their best the Selecao should get the job done with a bit to spare. Russia have won only one of their last seven internationals and a 3-0 win for the Samba Boys can be snapped up at a tasty 11/1.

Selection: £1 on Brazil to win 3-0 at 11/1 with bet365 

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