International breaks are never pleasant to any football lover across the world. However, if a winning bet slip can be produced during club football’s final interval of the year, then all can be forgiven. With the best players in the world on showcase during the FIFA break, we once again take a look at matches to punt on, while also looking for value in each fixture.
16:45 – Greece v Cyprus
The action kicks off fairly early on Wednesday, where Greece meet Cyprus in an international friendly. The Greeks are unbeaten in their last five home games, while the visitors are without a win in their last eight away ties. Greece have also kept back-to-back clean sheets, while the Cypriots haven’t scored in that same timeframe.
19:00 – San Marino v Latvia
San Marino are the lowest-ranked country in the latest FIFA rankings, currently at 210th. They’re on a winless run dating back six years, where they beat Italian fourth-tier side, Bellaria Igea, 2-0 back in 2014. Latvia are ranked 142nd in the world and 49th in Europe. They lost their last match during the international break, but before that, Latvia were unbeaten in five matches.
21:45 – Belgium v Switzerland
Belgium will use this tie against Switzerland as the perfect way to prepare for what’s to follow when they meet England and Denmark in a doubleheader as they look to maintain top spot in their Nations League group. In their four matches played, Belgium have won three times, netting 10 goals. Switzerland are more than capable of an upset on their day, however, after failing to win in any of their Nations League matches, perhaps they could rest a few of their key players and have one eye focused on their weekend matchups.
20:45 – Netherlands v Spain
Two of Europe’s most fascinating teams meet on Wednesday in what should be a thrilling affair for an international friendly. Comparisons have easily been drawn between the two nations as they’re both largely associated with beautiful one-touch football with their respective youth developments being arguably the top two best in the world. Both countries have been plagued by key injuries, with the Netherlands missing their star defender, Virgil van Dijk, while Spain will be without Thiago Alcantara and Ansu Fati. With both teams expected to make wholesale changes, we could see a goal fest in this encounter.