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 By Derek Bilton

Neymar to net against England, back Sweden to deny Italy World Cup spot

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti looks at the nightmare facing Italy in World Cup qualifying.

Germany's inability to take their chances against England at Wembley cost us last time out but we are confident Brazil can make amends by beating the Three Lions on another busy week of international action.

Running total: -£90.08

The Home Banker

The Republic of Ireland know a win over Denmark will see them qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 2002. However the bookmakers are not convinced the Boys in Green can make home advantage count and the Irish are priced up as a 2/1 chance by bet365 to win in Dublin. Martin O'Neill's men had just 28 percent possession in Copenhagen but were very well organised and kept the shackles on Denmark's Christian Eriksen. Buoyed by a vociferous home crowd, Ireland are still capable of grinding out magical results when they need them and are worth a bet here to get the job done on home soil.

Selection: £4 on Republic of Ireland to win at 2/1 with bet365

The Tasty Treble

Brazil look a tempting proposition at 4/5 to see off a depleted England at Wembley. The Three Lions have been hit by a host of withdrawals but despite this an experimental lineup managed a credible 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday night. The Germans missed a couple of great chances and the feeling is the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus could be far more clinical against an inexperienced England defence. Elsewhere, Argentina look a solid enough call at 4/7 to beat Nigeria while Wales (8/13) should have few problems at home to Panama. A bet on the treble is currently paying better than 7/2 with bet365.

Selection: £2 on treble at 3.56/1 with bet365

The Euro Wager

Italy are in danger of missing their first World Cup finals in 60 years with the Azzurri trailing 1-0 against Sweden from their first leg playoff. The Italians will be looking to turn things around in Monday's return at the San Siro but this is a very well-drilled Sweden side and it could pay to back the draw in Milan at 3/1.

Selection: £2 on the draw at 3/1 with bet365

The Wildcard Tip

Neymar has scored 53 goals in just 82 appearances for Brazil and looks a fair proposition at 7/2 to score first in Tuesday's big friendly at Wembley. The world's most expensive player was on target as Brazil beat Japan 3-1 last time out and can continue his hot recent scoring streak against Gareth Southgate's England.

Selection: £2 on Neymar to score first at 7/2 with bet365

The Bookie Basher

Germany face France in another high profile friendly on Tuesday and while Olivier Giroud misses out for the French through injury, this is still a game likely to produce a few goals. Both teams are among the betting favourites to lift the World Cup in Russia next year and a 2-2 finish in Cologne can be backed at 14/1.

Selection: £1 on 2-2 draw at 14/1 with bet365

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