Striker! Muller can make mark against England

Date published: Saturday 26th March 2016 10:21 - Dave Tindall

Germany: One of the favourites to win the Euros

With the Premier League and Championship having the weekend off, Dave Tindall turns his attention to the international stage for his latest Striker! column.

Striker! has already brought you one 50/1 winner this season and has had successful tips among its selection every week since launch.

Germany v England – Saturday 7.45pm

Wayne Rooney could have been a bet here but injury rules England’s record scorer out of the friendly in Germany.

Harry Kane is set to lead the line for Roy Hodgson’s men but, while hot at club level, the Spurs man has fired blanks in his last four England games (Spain, France, ¬†Lithuania and Estonia).

Ross Barkley has come up with two goals in his last six England starts and may be an option if he starts but this could be a tough night for the visitors and no-one leaps off the page.

By contrast, there’s an obvious bet to be had for the hosts.

Germany’s Thomas Muller (still only 26!) has bagged 31 international goals in 68 appearances and is always likely to pop up in big matches as he’s shown in World Cups.

The latest thermometer reading for the Bayern Munich frontman at international level is four in his last five games so that makes him a definite play.

They came in a 2-1 home win over Gergia, two away to Scotland and the opener in a 3-1 win over Poland.

As for latest club form, he’s scored three in his last two for Bayern so everything looks in place for another Muller goal celebration.

Bet: Thomas Muller to score anytime v England at 6/4 (Bet Victor, Paddy Power)

Austria v Albania – Saturday 4.30pm

Austria score plenty of goals – 12 in the last five games – and a home game against Albania is another chance to rack up some more.

Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic is an option at 7/4 given that he’s fired home in two of his last three internationals (against Montenegro and Liechtenstein last October).

He’s also netted three times in his last five games for Stoke.

But preference is for Marc Janko, who players his football in neighbouring Switzerland.

Janko went home with the match ball in his last home game for Basel and that treble helped take his tally this season to 22 for club and country.

Four of those have come in his last three internationals for Austria, those Montenegro and Liechtenstein (2) games and the third goal in a 4-1 win in Sweden.

Albania have conceded seven times in their last three games (against Georgia, Armenia and Serbia) so the Austrian crowd should expect the net bulge on Saturday and Janko can help himself to another goal at a very fair odds-against price.

Bet: Marc Janko to score anytime v Hungary at 13/10

Poland v Finland – Saturday 4.30pm

No prizes who I’m going for in this one!

Robert Lewandowski failed to find the net in 73 minutes of action against Serbia in midweek but that is very much the exception to the rule.

For Bayern Munich, he’s netted in his last three outings (v Cologne, Juventus and Werder Bremen) and that trio has lifted him past the 40 goals for the season mark.

That puts him in a very special bracket of scorers and he’ll be keen to bang in another one for his country after failing to register against the Serbians.

Make no mistake, Lewandowski is prolific for the Poles and before Wednesday’s blank he’d scored 11 in his previous six internationals courtesy of a hat-trick against Georgia, doubles against Gibraltar, Scotland and Iceland and singles v Germany and the Republic of Ireland.

He’s ideal betting material for any international scorer acca on Saturday and getting a shade under Even money is just fine.

The 15/4 for two or more goals is also worth a look while the 16/1 for a hat-trick might prove too tempting for some.

Finland have only conceded a single strike in five of their last six matches so we’ll just take the basic anytime price on the Polish goal machine.

Bet: Robert Lewandowski to score anytime v Finland at 17/20

Hungary v Croatia – Saturday 5pm

Both this pair will be at the Euro 2016 finals, with Croatia a best-priced 33/1 (eighth favourites) while outsiders Hungary are 400/1 in a place.

Those odds are reflected in the prices for this one which shows Croatia around Even money to take victory.

The man to be on in the goalscorer markets is Ivan Perisic at a very tasty 16/5.

This column is all about backing players who are in a hot run of form and that applies to the 27-year-old for both club and country.

For Croatia, Perisic has scored in three of his last four internationals. That takes in his opener in the 2-0 win over Israel on Wednesday night, the only goal in a 1-0 success away to Malta and another early goal in the 4-0 home win over Bulgaria.

Those three strikes – all within the opening 25 minutes – were the first goal of each game so, as well as backing him anytime, he’s also worth a look at 6/1 to net the opener.

The case for Perisic gets even stronger when taking into account his club form for Inter. He’s scored for the Nerazzurri in each of his last four matches so the Croatian’s confidence couldn’t be higher.

Bet: Ivan Perisic to score anytime v Hungary at 16/5

Best-priced goalscorer accumulator:

Muller, Janko, Lewandowski & Perisic at 44.57/1

Dave Tindall

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