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Friendly Football Matches

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Despite what the name might imply, football friendlies are rarely friendly. Whether pre-season or international, they can be exciting games, involving both top teams and great players. The odds are always intriguing, and should be considered a must for when betting online. The best friendly betting tips are at BetGold.

How Friendly Matches Work

After the end of a gruelling season, all football players are granted a number of weeks break to rest and relax. This period is hell for people looking to get involved with online betting, as they are eager to find some odds to bet on! But thankfully all teams now take part in a vigorous pre-season friendly schedule, which see them play a number of matches against sides they wouldn’t usually face, to build fitness and to try out new formations.

Recent Football Friendlies Recap

In the last few years, the top sides will travel to all corners of the world to take part in special friendly tournaments. In the summer of 2019 Liverpool, the current European champions, travelled to the United States to play a number of other European sides, such as Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli. 

Usually the side from Merseyside would be odds on to win all their games, but as the manager Jürgen Klopp made a number of changes to his sides, they lost all of their matches. People betting on these games online would be wise to study the lineups before placing bets.

Pre-Season Friendlies

Manchester City decided to schedule their pre-season friendly games to be held in China. There they played games against a number of other premier league teams such as West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, before heading to Hong Kong to play Kitchee SC and Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan. City were odds on favourites to win all these games, and they did not disappoint as they won three and drew one of the ties. City are always worth betting on online, as they have such a large squad of talented players.

National Teams Friendly Matches

It is not just club sides that play friendlies, as international sides will also arrange them with other nations, particularly in the run up to a major competition. This is again a chance for managers to try out different players and formations, so they know their best team in advance of the competition starting. In the lead up to the World Cup in 2018, England manager Gareth Southgate organised a number of friendlies, to have a good look at his players to see who he might take to the World Cup finals.

While they did lose to the Netherlands 1-0, they achieved a good 1-1 draw against Italy, then defeated both Nigeria and Costa Rica. As England then went on to do very well at the World Cup, reaching the semi finals, it shows that playing these friendlies can be a very useful exercise.

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