Big international football games part of week's top events
By Martin Green07 October 2018
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UEFA Nations League

International football comes in thick and fast this week, with some big games to look forward to on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The UEFA Nations League has replaced the majority of international friendlies and it now takes place during international breaks, with a trophy up for grabs, along with a guaranteed place at Euro 2020. Poland v Portugal looks intriguing on Thursday, as the Portuguese will be without star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Poland are strong at home, and you can back them with a draw no bet clause at 11/10 with 888 Sport and Unibet. A repeat of this summer’s World Cup semi-final takes place on Friday as Croatia host England. A Mario Mandzukic strike gave the Croats an extra-time win in the semi-final, and Croatia are the narrow favourites to win again this time around, but the draw looks interesting at 9/4 with Betfred and Marathon Bet. Netherlands v Germany is the pick of the games on Saturday, and Sky Bet is offering 21/20 on an away win for Germany.

MLS

The big European leagues are taking a break for the internationals, but there is plenty of action Stateside to focus on. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is mining a rich vein of form for LA Galaxy and they are back on the brink of a playoff place in the Western Conference. DC United are also closing in on the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference after Wayne Rooney dragged them up the table. DC United have been superb at home of late, and they look a good bet to beat FC Dallas in the U.S. capital on Saturday night.

NHL

The hockey season is now underway too and you will find all manner of intriguing games to wager on there. Futures betting is also popular right now, and the Vegas Golden Knights are attraction a lot of action at 14/1 with William Hill and Ladbrokes. They went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in their debut season, and big things are expected of this franchise in its second year. Tampa Bay Lightning are the 9/1 favourites with Ladbrokes, while Sky Bet has 10/1 on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sri Lanka v England

Eoin Morgan’s ODI team are in Sri Lanka for a five-match series this week and they are the 1/2 favourites with William Hill, 888 Sport and Unibet to secure victory. England have emerged as the world’s dominant force in the ODI format in recent times and they should be able to sweep Sri Lanka aside. Correct score betting has proved popular, with punters loving the 11/4 that Bet365 is offering on a 4-1 series win for England.

Super League Grand Final

Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves will lock horns at Old Trafford at the weekend to decide who will be crowned the Super League champion. They finished second and fourth respectively in the table, but both teams were on fire in the semi-finals, as Wigan crushed Castleford Tigers 14-0 and Warrington pulled off a stunning 18-13 upset against table toppers St Helen’s. William Hill makes Wigan the 3/5 favourites, while Warrington are 6/4 to secure another upset.

Champions Cup

Rugby union’s Champions Cup returns this week and it will be intriguing to see how well prepared Europe’s finest teams are as they bid for glory. Leinster are heavy favourites to beat Wasps, Exeter are expected to get the better of Munster at home, Saracens are favourites to win away in Glasgow and Toulon should overwhelm Newcastle. A four-fold on those teams looks interesting.