Meanwhile, Germany look for recovery against Russia while Brazil and Uruguay meet in South American clash
There are plenty of intriguing friendly contests taking place around the globe this week with international football back on the agenda. Wayne Rooney is set to play his last game in an England shirt when the USA visit Wembley, while Germany need to get back on track against Russia, and Brazil are set to lock horns with old foes Uruguay at the Emirates Stadium in London.
First things first
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First up, England host the USA at Wembley this Thursday night (15 November) to bid goodbye to record scorer Wayne Rooney. The Three Lions come into this match on the back of home excellent recent home form – they have lost just once in their last 23 outings on their own turf across all competitions.
The USA, in stark contrast, have been struggling of late. They failed to make it to the World Cup in Russia earlier this year and have won just once in their last six games – a trip to take on a rampant England outfit can hardly fill them with glee.
And it is indeed England who come into this match as the overwhelming favourites to walk away victorious. You can back the Three Lions to pick up the victory at just 1.28, with the USA all the way out at 13.00 to record a shock win on the road – a draw is priced in the middle at 6.00, according to Oddsshark.
A comfortable, 3-1 win for England is priced competitively at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment. In addition, you could more than double your money by backing both teams to score at 2.50.
Germany out to get back on track against Russia
On the same night, Germany desperately need to get back on the road to recovery when they host Russia in Leipzig. The then-world champions were dumped out of the World Cup at the group stage and are yet to recover – they have won just one of their last five games across all competitions.
Russia, meanwhile, made it all the way to the quarter-finals at their own World Cup, beating Spain before losing on penalties to eventual finalists Croatia in the last eight. Russia have lost just one of their last 10 games inside 90 minutes.
Nevertheless, it is Germany who come into this match as the clear favourites to pick up the win. You can back the Germans to walk away victorious at just 1.30, while Russia are all the way out at 11.00 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 6.00.
A steady 2-0 win for Germany comes in at 6.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$30 pay out. You could also more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at 2.10.
Brazil to get the better of neighbours Uruguay
And finally, old South American rivals Brazil and Uruguay will meet at the Emirates Stadium in London on the Friday night. After their disappointing quarter-final exit at the World Cup, Brazil have won their last four friendly games in a row without conceding a goal and can come into this match in high spirits.
Uruguay also exited the World Cup at the quarter-final stage, losing out to eventual winners France, and have been on a mixed run since then. They have won just once since the World Cup and have lost their last two friendly games in a row – 2-1 against South Korea and 4-3 against Japan last month.
It is therefore unsurprising to see that it is Brazil who come into this match as the favourites to claim bragging rights. You can back Brazil to pick up the win at just 1.53, while Uruguay are out at 6.00 to triumph – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.00.
A narrow, 2-1 win for Brazil is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out. You can also double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at a price of 2.00.
International friendly fixtures:
Thursday, 15 November
(1.80) Uzbekistan x Lebanon (5.25); draw (3.20)
(1.30) Iran x Trinidad & Tobago (17.00); draw (4.33)
(1.75) Poland x Czech Republic (5.00); draw (3.40)
(1.30) Germany x Russia (11.00); draw (6.00)
(.10) Ireland x Northern Ireland (4.33); draw (3.10)
(1.28) England x USA (13.00); draw (6.00)
Friday, 16 November
(1.70) Peru x Ecuador (5.00); draw (3.60)
(1.57) Japan x Venezuela (6.00); draw (3.75)
(1.53) Brazil x Uruguay (6.00); draw (4.00)