International Friendlies Betting Tips: Previews, Predictions & Odds

By Ben Gray

Published: June 8, 2022 10:12 p.m.

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San Marino vs Iceland

Armenia’s Þórir Jóhann Helgason (R) and Tigran Barseghyan battle for the ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying Group J football match between Iceland and Armenia in Reykjavik on 8 October 2021. (Photo by Haraldur GUDJONSSON/AFP) (Photo by HARALDUR GUDJONSSON/AFP via Getty Images)

After a strong start to the UEFA Nations League campaign, will Iceland secure a morale-boosting victory?

So far this month, Arnar Viðarsson’s side have drawn both League B games, 2-2 in Israel before Monday’s 1-1 draw against Albania.

Þórir Jóhann Helgason and Arnór Sigurðsson were on target in Haifa, before Jón Dagur Þorsteinsson equalized at Laugardalsvöllur.

It does, however, mean that Iceland still haven’t won any Nations League games, losing all ten League A matches in the previous two editions.

They have two more chances this year to break that duck, showering Israel on Monday ahead of a visit to Tirana in September.

Here, Iceland should claim a clear victory; it would be their first since October.

San Marino is ranked 211th and bottom in the FIFA World Rankings as they have never won a competitive game.

La Serenissima have lost both League D matches so far this week, both 2-0, against Estonia and then Malta.

Two years ago, Fabrizio Costantini’s side picked up two goalless draws but have since lost all 16 internationals, conceding 65 goals.

It will be a first-ever meeting between these two nations, and Iceland should ride to victory at the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle.

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Saudi Arabia v Venezuela

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 08: Salam Alfaraj of Saudi Arabia reacts after Salem Aldawsari of Saudi Arabia scored during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between the Australian Socceroos and Saudi Arabia at the Adelaide Oval on June 8, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

World Cup preparations continue for Saudi Arabia, so will they claim a confidence-boosting win?

The Green Falcons impressively topped their qualifying group, beating Australia and Japan in Jeddah in particular.

So, later this year, Saudi Arabia will be in their sixth World Cup final, all of which have been since USA ’94.

This month, Herve Renard’s side have so far faced Colombia in a friendly, a game they lost 1-0 last Sunday.

Facing weaker South American opposition, will Saudi Arabia score a victory this time around?

Venezuela is the only CONMEBOL country to have never qualified for a World Cup.

They finished bottom of the group for the second consecutive cycle, collecting only ten points from 18 matches.

Vinotinto beat European minnows Malta in a friendly last Wednesday; Salomón Rondón is the only scorer of the evening in Ta’ Qali.

In Murica, Saudi Arabia should be too strong at the Estadio Nueva Condomina.

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New Zealand v Oman

DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 18: Winston Reid (2) of New Zealand reacts during the OFC FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying match between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand at Qatar SC Stadium on March 18 March 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Simon Holmes/Getty Images)

The second of two friendlies for New Zealand as preparations for their massive match intensify.

On Sunday, the All Whites played their first game of this month’s international window, losing narrowly 1-0 to Peru in Barcelona.

Now Danny Hay’s side are in action again, but all eyes are realistically on next Tuesday’s Inter-Confederation play-off against Costa Rica.

New Zealand’s last World Cup appearance was at South Africa 2010, when they beat Bahrain 1-0 on a famous night in Wellington.

They have since suffered double heartbreak in the intercontinental play-offs, beaten by Mexico and Peru in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

This time around, with OFC down just 0.5, the play-offs await them again, despite the Océanic winning all five playoffs, scoring 18 goals.

Here they will face Oman in a friendly, a side that missed out on an Asian play-off berth by just one point in March.

The Reds have qualified for next summer’s Asian Cup, however, where they will look to improve on their 2019 run to the knockout stages.

Here at Education City Stadium, how will New Zealand present themselves ahead of their do-or-die game against Costa Rica on June 14?

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