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International Treble: Comfortable wins for Argentina, Portugal and Spain

International Treble: Comfortable wins for Argentina, Portugal and Spain

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With teams travelling far and wide to take part in an array of international friendlies, Al Hain-Cole is putting his money on the cream rising to the top for a treble worth 3/1

International Treble
Saudi Arabia
VS
Argentina
Kick-off: 17:00 GMT
Tip: Argentina (-1) to win at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power

Having already failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, Saudi Arabia face the daunting task of a friendly against Argentina as they prepare for next month’s West Asian Federation Championship in Kuwait.

Frank Rijkaard’s men have won just two of their last 10 matches, and were thrashed 5-0 in their high-profile recent friendly against Spain.

A similar scoreline could well be on the cards when la Albiceleste visit Riyadh, as the South American giants have won eight of their last 10, including victories over Brazil, Germany and Uruguay.

The inspiration for this fine form is unsurprisingly Lionel Messi, whose eight goals in six matches suggest that he is now able to replicate his club form at international level.

With the Barcelona forward partnered by the excellent Sergio Aguero up front, Alejandro Sabella’s men seem certain to win by at least two goals here, available at generous 4/7 (1.57) odds with Paddy Power.

Gabon
VS
Portugal
Kick off: 19:30 GMT
Tip: Portugal to win at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power

After two disappointing results in recent World Cup qualifiers, Portugal will be desperate for a morale-boosting win when they travel to Libreville to face Gabon.

The Africans will also be in a despondent mood after crashing out of African Cup of Nations qualification against Togo, and look unlikely to bounce back against such high-quality opponents.

Although a painful eye injury sustained against Levante keeps star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo out of the travelling party, Paulo Bento still has a reasonably strong squad at his disposal.

A Portugal spine of Pepe, Joao Moutinho and Helder Postiga should be too strong for side made up mainly of domestic based Gabonese players. Real Zaragoza striker Postiga will pose a particular threat, having scored six in 11 for his club this season, and three in his last four internationals.

Expect the Euro 2012 semi-finalists’ pedigree to shine through here, with attractive 4/7 (1.57) odds on offer for an away win.

Panama
VS
Spain
Kick-off: 21:30 GMT
Spain (-1) to win at 8/13 (1.62) with Paddy Power

Another mismatch takes place in Central America, where world and European champions Spain take on international minnows Panama.

Vicente del Bosque’s men are the most in-demand opponents for these money-spinning exhibition matches, and with six wins in as many friendlies this year, few could question their commitment on such occasions.

The most recent of these marked the long-awaited return from injury of David Villa, and Spain’s record scorer came off the bench to grab a customary goal in la Roja's 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia.

The Barcelona man is once again selected in an extremely strong squad, where he will be ably supported in attack by Andres Iniesta, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas and the in-form Juan Mata.

Averaging 2.6 goals a game over the last five compared to Panama’s 0.6, Spain are too good to miss at 8/13 (1.62) to overcome a one-goal handicap and triumph in this one.

 
International Treble
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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