It is again time for the first round of the 2021 International Friendlies, to be played on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Unlike the others, the European national teams have featured in the World Cup Qualifiers in March, so their first set of friendly games is scheduled for the beginning of June.
For most of these sides, these will be the final exhibition matches prior to the start of the 2021 UEFA European Championship, also known as the Euro 2020. On Tuesday, Macedonia will welcome another fellow Balkan outfit, Slovenia at the National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje. On the same day, neighboring sides Poland and Russia will clash off for the first time in almost a decade.
This matchday provides an opportunity for the bettor to play around with parlays, picks in the over/under, or goalscorers. Here are some betting predictions to consider when placing a bet on these International Friendly fixtures.
Macedonia vs Slovenia betting picks
The Macedonian national team have taken part in three World Cup Qualifiers in Group J, losing to Romania, but they beat Lichtenstein and shocked Germany. Meanwhile, Slovenia have also featured in three World Cup Qualifiers in 2021, triumphing against Croatia, only to lose to Russia and Cyprus in Group H. This will be their fifth overall meeting. Interestingly, Macedonia are the better side in head-to-head duels, winning two games so far; Slovenia have celebrated a victory only once, and the remaining clash has ended in a draw.
Despite having a more valuable squad, FanDuel don't see Slovenia as favorites in this matchup. After the Lions' victory over the 2014 World Champions Germany, it’s not unreasonable at all to think that Igor Angelovski's side can win this game 2-1 and that score line is paying +900. A $100 bet could earn the bettor $900. If you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game look no further than veteran Goran Pandev, as the 2009-10 Champions League winner is at +650 to be the first one to score.
Poland vs Russia betting picks
This will be their third overall meeting. There is no better side in head-to-head games, as both Poland vs Russia are yet to celebrate a victory so far, while their two previous matchups have both ended in a draw. These two neighboring countries will play for the first time in nine years, as their last clash was on Juve 12, 2012, and it ended in a 1-1 draw in Warsaw.
Poland have played in three World Cup Qualifiers of Group I, managing to hit all three possible endings. They have drawn with Hungary, have grabbed a win over Andorra, and have been defeated by England. On the other hand, Russia have a better record so far in the Group H World Cup Qualifiers. Stanislav Cherchesov's players have been the better team against both Malta and Slovenia, while they have only lost to Slovakia. We expect a tough battle between these two nations, so betting that the game will have Over 3.5 goals could be a sure bet. Thus, at +250, a $100 bet could earn the bettor $250 on DraftKings.
Parlays for these two International Friendlies matchups
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Macedonia to cause another upset, this time against Slovenia 2-1; Goran Pandev to score the first goal of the game, and Poland and Russia to score Over 3.5 goals. At $100, the bettor could win up to $1,800.
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