Friday sees the second last round of matches for Euro 2012 qualifying plus various friendlies & World Cup qualifiers going on elsewhere in the world of international football, we've scoured the fixtures list to find the best bets from all of these matches & think we've found two below.
(Arsenal & South Korea's Park Chu Young will be looking to score against Poland)
A very sensible betting strategy for punters is never to back in friendlies & it's one that we would nearly always follow, save for 1st goalscorer interest bets, however we think that the prices look wrong for Euro 2012 hosts Poland's trip to South Korea. Poland have had 4 players withdraw since announcing their squad inluding 1st choice goalkeeper, Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny, they've had a reasonable run of late but all in friendlies due to not having to take part in qualifying & have had little joy when travelling away from home. They managed a 2-2 draw against Germany last time out in what is normally an emotional game, it was also taken more seriously by the Poles as Germany were still taking part in meaningful qualifiers, in their 2 away games before that they drew against Greece & lost to Lithuania, South Korea are much more impressive opponents than those two sides. The country goes wild for their returning stars who earn their wages in the top European leagues & they will want to put on a show for the fans & build confidence before their game against the UAE on Tuesday. South Korea have lost just 1 in their last 14, against Japan & have won 2-1 in friendlies against Ghana & Serbia - both better teams than Poland, at odds of 8/11 they need to be backed.
Back to meaningful games & we're happy to take on one of the home nations, Northern Ireland when they host lowly Estonia at Windsor Park in a Euro 2012 qualifier. When the sides met in Tallinn Estonia prevailed with a 4-1 scoreline & they still have a realistic chance of sneaking 2nd place in the group if they win this game. Northern Ireland are not a good side have struggled to score goals for years now, half of their 8 goals in qualifying came in one game at home to the Faroe Islands & we're not expecting them to change now. That being said Estonia are definitely weaker when travelling although they can pull off results as shown last year when they beat Serbia in Belgrade, they're outsiders for this game & can be backed at a big 15/8 in the draw no bet market with Coral.
South Korea to beat Poland at 8/11 (several) 12pm kickoff GMT
Estonia to beat Northern Ireland in the draw no bet market at 15/8 with Coral