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Italy to Germany: Top Three World-Cup warm-up game bets

| 04.03.2014

Friendly fixtures can be a nightmare for most punters to negotiate but here at Ladbrokes we have come up with three bets for the midweek Germany, Portugal and Spain games that could make it the kind of night dreams are made of.

Better yet, these three bets can be combined for a sensational treble on at odds of almost 10/1, equating to a return of £102.90 for anyone staking £10 with Ladbrokes.

So if you fancy goals in the Germany game, Portugal to tame the Indomitable Lions and the Azzurri to continue Spain’s defensive blues, read on.

Germany vs Chile – Over 3.5 total goals @ 7/5

As anyone watching Bayern Munich and co this season will attest, the goals are flying in in the Bundesliga this season and there’s every reason to think that this match-up with Chile will be another high-scoring affair.

Only Argentina outscored Germany’s South American opponents in qualifying and with the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez in goalscoring form going into this one, a high score could be on the cards.

Die Mannschaft have managed 16 goals in their last six games and with World Cup places still up for grabs, there will be one or two eager to stake a claim for the final 23 by making an impact here.

Portugal vs Cameroon – Portugal to win to nil @ 21/20

It would be easy to focus on the attacking talents of Cristiano Ronaldo when discussing a bet on Portugal but CR7 wouldn’t be where he is now without the solid defence provided to him by Los Blancos teammate Pepe and his partner in crime Rolando.

Portugal kept four clean sheets at home in qualification for the World Cup and will fancy their chances of keeping a Cameroon side still all too reliant on Chelsea veteran Samuel Eto’o for goals at bay.

The former Barca man tends to sit out friendlies for the Indomitable Lions and it shows – they have failed to find the net in any of their last seven games of this kind.

Italy vs Spain – Both teams to score @ evens

La Roja may hold the advantage in competitive encounters against the Azzurri, winning 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012, but it’s a different case in friendly encounters, with Spain struggling for form in these non-competitive encounters.

Vicente Del Bosque’s team have shipped four goals in their last three friendlies, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of them. Italy, meanwhile, have become score-draw specialists in fixtures of this kind, with five of their last seven friendlies ending in this way.

With Cesare Prandelli’s team scoring in each of their last nine friendlies and Spain finding the net in 14 of their last 15 games of this kind, backing both to score looks nailed on.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.