FOOTBALL BETTING: The World Cup looms and national sides are getting in some practice before the big kick off on June the 11th. Compare all International Friendly odds.
The next 12 to 14 days are littered with international friendlies as national sides attempt to gain momentum before the 2010 World Cup.
Tonight sees Paraguay travel to Croke Park in Dublin to take on the Irish, who were man-handled out of the World Cup qualifying race by France. Giovanni Trapattoni, whilst keen to overturn his loss to Brazil in March, will be without a number of players due to injury and will look to blood some inexperienced squad members, ahead of the 2012 Euro qualifying campaign.
The Italian will be unable to count on the likes of Shay Given, Richard Dunne, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Kilbane and James McCarthy and Boylesports put the Irish at 8/5 to come out on top. Paraguay, a dangerous team on their day, are 2/1 at Betdaq.
Paraguay, led by Santa Cruz, do not possess a team of household names but go about their business in a professional way and can cause Ireland lots of problems. It is likely to be a low scoring game, under 2.5 goals is 4/7 with Paddy Power. The Asian handicap of +0.5 for Paraguay is tempting at 1/2 with Bet365, which effectively covers the away win and draw result.
Tomorrow, Northern Ireland are in Connecticut to play Turkey. Northern Ireland disappointed last time out with a 0-1 loss in Albania and Worthington appears to have made no clear intention to win as he has named a very inexperienced side, including A-Level student Johnny Gorman. Turkey can be backed at an excellent 4/7 with Betfred, who come off the back of a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic. Norther Ireland are 6/1 with William Hill.