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Published on September 1st, 2011 | by Sportingly Better Tipster

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International Football Betting Tips – Friday 2nd September

Bulgaria are unbeaten since German legend Lothar Matthaus was put in charge 3 games ago and were a worthy match against joint leaders Montenegro last time out. Bulgaria sit with two holding midfielders protecting the back line, a defensive approach from former defender Matthaus, which has seen only 4 goals in Bulgaria’s last 3 games.

Fabio Capello will be well aware of the importance of this match with the Three Lions currently level  on points with Montenegro in Group G. Both Rio Ferdinand and Glen Johnson are missing and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling may well fancy his chances of picking up his first cap. With strong contingents for both Manchester clubs present, confidence should be high in the England camp and whilst England are expected to come away with a vital three points, the game might be tighter than expected.

Under 2.5 goals (Bulgaria v England) @1.70

Second meets third in Group D with Belarus welcoming Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk.

German tactician Bernd Stange favours the 4-5-1 formation for the Belarusians and his cautious approach has seen  all 7 qualifications finish with no more than two goals, but Belarus did manage to pick up a highly credible 1-1 draw against France back in June.

Bosnia and Herzegovina however should provide Belarus with plenty of problems on Friday despite the absence of striker Ibisevic. Ibisevic’s compatriot at Hoffenheim; Sejad Salihovic has been in good form already this season with consecutive goals in the opening 3 games for the German side. Edin Dzeko has also been well in amongst the goals and the Manchester City striker has netted 6 times in 3 games, including a 4 goal haul against Tottenham at White Hart Lane last time out.

Whilst the front line for Bosnia and Herzegovina might be thwarted by Stange’s five man midfield, Bosnia and Herzegovina should have enough going forward to come away with a valuable result and maintain the pressure on leaders France.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0, +0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.750

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