With all eyes focused on this summer’s European Championships, nations from across the continent are looking to gain some perfect momentum. With a host of international friendlies throughout Wednesday, we have found a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Wednesday 2nd June
BST 19:45 Holland vs Scotland
After opening their World Cup qualifying campaign with a stunning 4-2 defeat away in Turkey back in March, Holland would have been thrilled to make an immediate return to winning ways. Under the guidance of former international star Frank de Boer, the one-time Crystal Palace boss has been quick to praise his side’s improvements since taking charge last year. Proving that their shock defeat in Istanbul was just a minor blip, The Oranges were last seen landing back-to-back 2-0 and 7-0 victories against Latvia and Gibraltar. With all eyes set on their major tournament return when they open their campaign against Ukraine on June 13th, Holland have managed to win four of their last five matchups across all formats, including an eye-catching 2-1 win away in Poland earlier in the year. Led by Lyon striker Memphis Depay who has only enjoyed a real free-scoring campaign over in France this season, De Boer’s squad should be looking to keep up their momentum when they face off against The Tartan Army on Wednesday night. On the flip side, although Scotland might have last been seen landing a routine 4-0 win against the Faroe Islands, they have largely failed to build off of that famous night in Serbia seven months ago. Recording just a single win from any of their last five matchups across all formats, Steve Clarke’s side certainly face a stern test in midweek. Losing each of their last four matchups against Holland, we’re backing a similar outcome here.
Tip: Holland to score in both halves @ 6/5
20:00 England vs Austria
Starting with Wednesday’s hosts, despite getting hit with that 2-0 defeat away at Belgium in last year’s Nations League, England have managed to bounce back. Hosting this summer’s European Championships and with many across the continent tipping them as a standout pick, The Three Lions find themselves enjoying a four-match winning run across all formats. Picking up nine points from their three World Cup qualifying matchups, Gareth Southgate’s side were last seen landing themselves a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Poland on home soil. With Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane expected to spearhead England’s charge at the Riverside Stadium this week, England have continued to impress while on home soil. Managing to prove that their 1-0 loss against Denmark last year was just a minor blip, The Whites have won 13 of their last 14 home fixtures across all formats, a run that stems back to September 2018. On the flip side, while England might be marching towards this summer’s delayed European Championships, Austria are a nation really seeking some stability. Last seen getting hit with a dreadful 4-0 drumming at the hands of Denmark back in March, Wednesday’s guests have managed to win just one of their last four contests, a run that has seen them drop points against Norway and Scotland. While a number of Saturday’s Champions League finalists are set to be given an extended break in midweek, we’re backing England to extend on their winning run in the North East.
Tip: England win to nil @ 6/5
20:00 Germany vs Denmark
While Germany might have thought that they had managed to turn a much-needed corner when opening their World Cup qualifying campaign earlier in the year, the former world champions came crashing back down to earth. Suffering what was a stunning 2-1 defeat at home against North Macedonia on March 31st, The Whites have only shown a host of inconsistencies over the past two years. Enduring what was a sluggish run in last year’s Nations League and coming under real scrutiny after that infamous 6-0 drumming away at Spain back in November, it has also been confirmed that long-standing boss Joachim Löw will step down after the summer. Gaining a real reputation for their extended issues at the back and also playing out a pair of 3-3 draws against Turkey and Switzerland, it should also be noted that Germany have recorded just a trio of clean sheets from any of their last 12 matchups across all formats. Although The Whites might find themselves tipped as a standout pick in midweek, there is no doubt that Denmark will be smelling the chance to cause a real upset. Bouncing back from that gritty 4-2 defeat away in Belgium seven months ago, The Reds have won their last three matchups on the bounce, including a stunning 4-0 romp against Austria on foreign soil last time out. Gaining a reputation for their free-scoring displays, don’t be surprised to see another lively contest on Wednesday night.
Tip: Both teams to score @ 8/11
Our Wednesday International Accumulator:
Holland vs Scotland – Holland to score in both halves @ 6/5
England vs Austria – England win to nil @ 6/5
Germany vs Denmark – Both teams to score @ 8/11