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A busy week of international football ahead

25 March 2015

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With a busy week of international football for the home-nations, we take a look at the fixtures affecting those teams, and the all the betting tips from Sky Bet.

England face a double header of games against Lithuania and Italy, in a busy week for Roy Hodgson’s side.

First up for the Three Lions is Lithuania at Wembley, with England hoping to continue their march towards the European Championships in 2016.

Harry Kane is expected to make his eagerly anticipated debut for the senior side, following a fine season to date with Tottenham.

England head into their first of two games having won their last five international encounters.

Team-news wise, and Danny Rose, Jack Butland and Robert Green have all come into the squad.

All signs should point to a comfortable England victory, and they are priced at 1/10 by Sky Bet. You can get 25/1 on a Lithuanian victory, with the draw priced at 15/2.

England then make the trip to Turin for an international friendly against Italy, the following Tuesday.

The game against the Azzurri will see Hodgson’s side pick their wits against Italy for the first time since the 2-1 defeat at the World Cup Finals last summer.

Fancy a flutter on the friendly? Betting odds are here.

There is a Home-Nations friendly taking place at Hampden Park on Wednesday, as Scotland and Northern Ireland lock-horns with each-other.

Both countries have enjoyed encouraging starts to their qualification campaigns, with Scotland sitting third in Group D on seven points, meanwhile the Northern Irish are currently lying second in Group F on nine-points.

Team-news wise and Jonny Evans and Stuart Dallas are poised to return to Michael O’Neill’s squad for the double-header.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has called-up AFC Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie for his first-call up, following an impressive campaign for the promotion-chasing Cherries.

Both sides are then back in action in qualifying on Sunday, with Northern Ireland hosting Finland, and Scotland face Gibraltar at Hampden Park.

Sky Bet are offering 10/11 on a Scottish victory, 16/5 on a Northern Irish one, and a draw at 11/5.

Wales are also in action, as they travel to Haifa to face Israel on Saturday in a qualifying match.

Chris Coleman’s men have enjoyed a spirited start to their qualifying campaign going unbeaten so far, and currently occupy second place in their group, with only Saturday’s opponents above them in the standings.

Burnley forward Sam Vokes has been recalled to the squad, though James Chester, Paul Dummett, George Williams and Emyr Huws all miss the trip to Israel.

Coleman will look to Gareth Bale to come up with the goods in Haifa, as the Welsh look to progress to the Finals.

Match odds: Israel: 19/20 draw: 11/5 Wales 3/1

Best of the rest
The Stade de France plays host to an international between France and Brazil on Thursday evening, with the betting prices as followed:

France: 7/5 Draw: 9/4 away: 19/20

European Championship-holders Spain host Ukraine in Seville on Friday in a European qualifier, with Sky Bet offering a solid 2/9 win for La Roja.

To see a full list of odds for the international football this week, please click here.




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