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 By Derek Bilton

Germany to punish under-strength England, Republic of Ireland's WC hope

A look ahead to another busy weekend of international action, including the World Cup playoffs and England's clash with Germany.

Be sure to click back next week for our profit and loss total for the season so far.

The Euro Wager

Germany look a cracking price at 11/10 to see off a seriously under-strength England at Wembley on Friday. The Three Lions have been hard hit by a glut of injury withdrawals with Harry Keane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling all missing out. The latest squad seems devoid of genuine quality, particularly in midfield, and it could be a long night for Gareth Southgate's men. Germany are the reigning world champions and stormed their qualifying campaign, winning all 10 Group C matches, scoring 43 goals. Just as impressively those 43 goals were scored by 21 different players, suggesting they have sufficient squad depth to do a job on England here.

Selection: £5 on Germany to win at 11/10 with bet365

The Home Banker

The Welsh raised eyebrows across Europe with their run to the last four during Euro 2016 but their return to France this Friday may prove a painful one, with Les Bleus looking to put on a show in Paris. Didier Deschamps has so many options in attack and his side can be backed to win this with a bit to spare.

Selection: £2 France to win and both teams to score at 11/4 with bet365

The Tasty Treble

After decades of underachievement, Peru are just two matches away from reaching their first World Cup finals since 1982. Player indiscipline and managerial incompetence have marred previous campaigns but Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca has galvanised the squad, who are worth a bet at 4/5 to win in New Zealand. Germany (11/10) have the quality to see off a seriously compromised England while if you throw in Belgium (4/9) to see off Mexico on Friday you have a treble paying better than 9/2.

Selection: £2 on treble at 4.66/1 with bet365

The Wildcard Tip

The Republic of Ireland have been chalked up at 5/1 to win in Denmark on Saturday and that looks a big price against a fairly unremarkable Danish side. Martin O'Neill's men only lost one game in qualifying in a group that contained Serbia, Wales and Austria. Denmark ended runners-up in a slightly weaker group and eventually finished five points behind Group E winners Poland. The Irish have 10 players on yellow cards so will need to be disciplined but they have the players to sneak a priceless win away from home and make a mockery of that 5/1 quote.

Selection: £1 on Republic of Ireland to win at 5/1 with bet365

The Bookie Basher

He may only be 21 but Marco Asensio is well on the way to establishing himself as one of the finest talents in Spanish football and he looks a tempting price at 4/1 to score first against Costa Rica on Saturday. He scored another outrageous 25-yard screamer for Real Madrid last weekend so won't be short of confidence ahead of Spain's clash with the Ticos in Malaga.

Selection: £1 on Asensio to score first at 4/1 with bet365


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