The Premier League is on hiatus this week as international football takes over.
Many high profile stars will be in action for their respective nations and there are big clashes including England v Belgium and France v Portugal – which pits Kylian Mbappe against Cristiano Ronaldo.
We’ve picked some of the best bets from three of this weekend’s biggest games to get you into the action…
Ukraine vs Germany – Nations League (Saturday, 7.45 p.m.)
Chelsea’s £ 70million summer signing Kai Havertz impressed Germany midweek, scoring two assists as Joachim Low’s side drew 3-3 with Turkey.
Although it was a disappointing result for the Germans, they put a number of key men to rest and found themselves without Timo Werner – another big signing from Chelsea this summer – due to illness.
Werner is expected to return to start against Ukraine and will be in the mood to prove his scoring qualities after his slow start to life in England.
He’s 14/5 to score first and 10/11 to score at any time, while he’s 4/1 to score twice or more. The latter could be a good bet since half of Werner’s international goals (6 of 12) were scored in braces. Ukraine are also sad at the back and have conceded 11 goals in their last two games, against France and Spain.
Serge Gnabry will also want to find the net as former Arsenal seek to continue their remarkable record on the international stage.
The Bayern Munich star has become one of the best strikers in the world since leaving the Emirates and has 13 goals in 13 games for Germany. He has 21/20 to score at any time and 3/1 to open the scoring.
We’re backing a comfortable victory for Germany – they’ve never lost to Ukraine in six games – but Andriy Shevchenko’s side haven’t lost any of their previous ten home games. So – unlike us – if you feel like upsetting, the 10/1 offered for a home win might just be tempting.
TalkSPORT’s best bets:
- Germany will win both halves, Germany over 2.5 goals in the game and Germany will keep a clean sheet: 4/1 (BE THERE)
- Havertz will have an assist: 11/5 (BE THERE)
- Werner scores twice or more: 4/1 (BE THERE)
- Havertz will have an assist, Werner will score anytime: 10/3 (BE THERE)
England vs Belgium – Nations League (Sunday, 5 p.m.)
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has had a nightmarish start to the season and has come under heavy criticism following the 6-1 loss to Spurs last Sunday – and we don’t think it will get any better for him this weekend.
Maguire has a big job to do to keep Romelu Lukaku calm, with the forward in great shape.
Lukaku was not wanted at Manchester United but has played since joining Inter Milan and has an incredible record internationally.
He is Belgium’s all-time top scorer, having scored 52 goals in 85 matches, including 30 in his last 29 games.
We believe he will intimidate Maguire and the England defense at Wembley, with Joe Gomez also coming into this situation following a nightmare for his club as he was sent off in the stunning 7-2 loss Liverpool v Aston Villa last weekend.
Lukaku is 4/1 to open the scoring, 17/10 to score anytime, and 10/1 to score twice or more.
Belgium have one of their most talented teams in world football, with Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard pulling the strings for them, and have scored 42 goals in their last ten games.
De Bruyne was the Premier League’s top playmaker last season, with 20 assists, and will be confident to gain the upper hand over the England midfielder.
Belgium won’t have it in their own way and, like Lukaku, Harry Kane also enters the game in great form. The England captain has scored eight goals in eight games for Tottenham this season and 32 goals in 47 appearances for the Three Lions. It’s 6/4 that Kane scores at all times.
TalkSPORT’s best bets:
France vs Portugal – Nations League (Sunday, 7.45 p.m.)
What a battle it is – the world champions against the European champions in Paris.
Cristiano Ronaldo clashes with the man pushed by many to take over from him and Lionel Messi as the world’s best player, Kylian Mbappe.
Ronaldo has scored 101 incredible goals for Portugal and is desperate to claim another record by becoming the top scorer in international football – he only needs nine more to overtake Iran’s Ali Daei.
After failing to find the net against Spain midweek, the 35-year-old will be even more determined to add to his record – and who are we to support against him? Get on him to score anytime at 29/20.
Mbappe, meanwhile, is fresh and fit after coming off the bench and finding the net in France’s 7-1 demolition of Ukraine in midweek. He already has 15 goals for France, at just 21, and only has 11/8 to score at any given time.
Ronaldo won’t want to be outclassed by the youngster and on 19/4 for both forwards to score can be worth a punt.
In addition to Mbappe vs Ronaldo, there will also be an intriguing battle for midfield dominance between Manchester United team-mates Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.
Pogba looks like a different player in a France jersey and it won’t be a surprise if he comes out on top. This could be essential in helping France get ahead of Portugal and while we expected Ronaldo to have a say, we are backing a home win.
There is little value in the 11/10 offered for a France win but a home win and the two scoring teams stand out at 19/5.
TalkSPORT’s best bets:
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