England – Lithuania
England have a lot of injury concerns for this Euro 2016 qualification match. Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Luke Shaw and Fraser Forster were withdrawn from the squad due to injuries, meanwhile James Milner and Raheem Sterling are doubts, but Sterling is likely to start this game and miss the Italy one. The other question is whether Harry Kane will make his England debut or will Roy Hodgson opt for the team’s goalscorer in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers Danny Welbeck. England’s opponents are unlikely to cause them trouble and the home side have the players to win this one with ease.
Tip: 1/1 @ 1.36
Spain – Ukraine
Diego Costa received a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s last league match against Hull and was withdrawn from Spain’s squad. The hosts lost surprisingly against Slovakia and now have equal points with their opponents on Friday. Ukraine have conceded only one goal so far in the Qualifications and their defense seems very solid. Three of their four games finished with less than 2.5 goals. Spain will need to win this game if they want to be more secure of qualification and will dominate possession against a counter attacking Ukraine side. I don’t expect to see many goals in this game as both teams wouldn’t want to concede.
Tip: Under 2.5 goals @ 2.00
Bulgaria – Italy
Georgi Milanov is the only injured player in Bulgaria’s team while Italy will have to deal with the absence of Andrea Pirlo. The last two times Italy played away against this side they drew both games. But now Bulgaria’s form hasn’t been impressive and they have collected only four points after the same number of games. The draw against Malta wasn’t a good result for them and they replaced their manager afterward. Italy’s attack isn’t a force to be reckoned with compared to other top European teams, but they do have a traditionally strong defense and a win here could do them a world of good. Bulgaria just aren’t as strong as they were last year and I don’t see how they can pull an upset against the favorites.
Tip: 2 @ 1.91
Netherlands – Turkey
Hiddink has to cope with the absences of key players in the likes of Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Ron Vlaar. Turkey don’t have any problems with injuries. Both sides weren’t convincing so far in their campaign and a loss here could harm the chances of qualifying of the losing team. Huntelaar is expected to replace the injured van Persie, with Memphis Depay partnering him up front. The hosts still look dangerous and can cause problems to the unstable Turkey squad. Netherlands have won both of their home games so far and I expect them to continue this streak against the visitors.
Tip: 1 @ 1.55