Mexico to beat Ryan Giggs' Wales with no Gareth Bale; Portugual to draw
The Banker bet landed in the Champions League final but Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius threw in a shocker as Real Madrid landed a third consecutive Champions League crown on Saturday. Attention now switches to international matters with a busy week of friendly action including Wales' trip to the U.S. to face Mexico.
Running total: -£95.66
The Home Banker
Mexico look worthy favourites when they face Ryan Giggs' Wales on Tuesday. There's no doubt facing Mexico in Pasadena will reopen the fresh wounds of their failure to reach a first World Cup since 1958. Wales went perilously close in qualifying but ultimately home draws against Georgia and Serbia -- as well as a failure to score a single goal in two matches against the Republic of Ireland -- proved fatal.
They are without Gareth Bale against Mexico, as the forward recovers from his matchwinning performance in Saturday's Champions League final. Defender James Chester and midfielder Joe Allen are also missing, so a youthful and experimental squad look up against it in California.
El Tri's World Cup preparations have been hampered with news defender Nestor Araujo has been ruled out with tendonitis. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio still has plenty of talent at his disposal though and the shout here has to be Mexico to cover a one goal handicap.
The Tasty Treble
Wales have yet to beat Mexico in three previous meetings. A draw at the 1958 World Cup is their best effort and El Tri look banker material at 8/15. So too Peru, who are 2/5 to beat Scotland on Wednesday. Peru are finalising their World Cup preparations and should be roared on by a full house in Lima, while you wonder if Scotland -- who have included several fringe players in their latest squad -- will be 100 percent focused with an extended summer break looming?
Finally Russia could be set for an ignominious early exit at a World Cup they are hosting next month. They are without a win since June 2017 and could come unstuck against Austria (5/4) this week. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov is under pressure as their World Cup build-up has been a shambles. Indeed, most Russians don't believe that the team even has a decent chance of surviving a what looks a very modest Group A. Austria are no world beaters but look the pick with home advantage and the treble with bet365 is paying better than 7/2.
Selection: £3 on the treble at 3.59/1 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
There has been steady money all week for Peru to beat Scotland, with some questioning just how motivated the Tartan Army will be for this one. Peru to be ahead at half-time and at full-time can be backed at a shade under even money and this looks a decent shout as the South Americans look to sharpen tools ahead of next month's opener against Denmark.
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The Wildcard Tip
France are among the favourites to win the World Cup and they can demonstrate their fantastic strength in depth by putting Republic of Ireland to the sword on Monday night. The French have left out Dimitri Payet and Alexandre Lacazette from their provisional squad but are still a single figure price to win it. They are a 5/1 poke to beat the Irish 3-0 at the Stade de France and that looks a good bet against an under-strength Irish side who only have Shane Long and Jon Walters available up front.
Selection: £2 on France to win 3-0 with bet365.
The Bookie Basher
Portugal are big odds on to see off Tunisia but given they could be without star man Cristiano Ronaldo it may not be the cakewalk some pundits are predicting. England face Tunisia on June 18 so Gareth Southgate will be an interested observer and given the African outfit are unbeaten in seven matches there might be some mileage in backing 0-0 here at 15/2.
Selection: £2 Portugal to draw 0-0 with Tunisia at bet365.