Several influential Premier League players suffered minor injuries during the midweek international break but will they bounce back ahead of crucial fixtures this weekend?
Midweek internationals are an inconvenience for some club managers and a nuisance for others, particularly when they’re shoe-horned in between weekends of domestic action. Do they offer anything to the players though?
Manchester United could be without Chris Smalling following his nasty head clash with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in England's 3-2 loss but will the injured Rooney return? Would there be time for him to have recovered from his minor complaint ahead of the visit of high-flying Tottenham?
Rooney to score in 90 minutes is at 13/10 (2.30) with Paddy Power. Will the rested Rooney inspire his side to victory? An away win is a tempting 6/4 (2.50).
Steven Gerrard managed to play less than 30 minutes before calling it a night at Wembley. After missing out on being made captain for the day, the Liverpool skipper limped off early with a tight hamstring. Will it loosen up in time to face Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday afternoon? Gerrard is 9/4 (3.25) to score anytime should he make the game against the Gunners.
Elsewhere around Europe, James McClean made his mildly controversial debut for the Republic of Ireland. Although he wasn’t introduced until 15 minutes from the end, the reception he received from the fans and the positive impact he made on the pitch will have him in high-spirits.
He’s 4/1 (5.0) to score anytime for Sunderland against Newcastle. His team-mate Sebastian Larsson knocked in two for Sweden in their win over Croatia and at 6/1 (7.0) to score anytime on Sunday he’s certainly worth considering.
Clint Dempsey continued his excellent season by scoring the winner against Italy. It’s not exactly a shock result but it is a big boost for team USA.
Dempsey will fancy getting on the scoresheet for Fulham at home to Wolves this weekend. He’s 11/2 (6.50) to score first and 8/5 (2.60) to score anytime. Florent Malouda hasn’t been great for Chelsea this season but he scored to help France to a 2-1 over Germany. If Chelsea struggle away to West Brom he may get a chance to come on and score the last goal at 12/1 (13.0).
Finally Man City look a certainty to beat Bolton at home and David Silva is sure to run the show. He’d be a good bet to score anytime at 6/5 (2.20) even without chipping in for Spain in their victory against Venezuela.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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