International friendly match news and free bets: Wed 15 August

England v Italy is just one of several international matches taking place on Wednesday night as national team managers get a final chance to see new players in action ahead of the World Cup qualifiers this autumn

Wales v Bosnia
All of the home nations are in action and Wales have a tester against Bosnia-Herzegovina as Chris Coleman looks to continue the good work of Gary Speed, with the Dragons available at 13/8 (Blue Square free bets) to claim victory at the Millennium Stadium.

Craig Bellamy might have completed his move to Cardiff by the time this game is played, with Gareth Bale also set to be involved, as well as Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko who can be backed at 6/1 (Boylesports) to score the first goal.

Liverpool supporters will also get a chance to see new signing Joe Allen in midfield and it looks a strong department for Wales considering Aaron Ramsey and Bale will also feature here, with West Ham’s Jack Collison also looking to cement a place.

Scotland v Australia
Craig Levein remains in charge of the Scottish national team and they weren’t far away from a Euro 2012 play-off place instead of Czech Republic, although the Scots look to have a particularly tough qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup.

The demise of Glasgow Rangers might be a blessing in disguise, with several members of the squad now playing in leagues where there’s a higher standard of football and Scotland are marginal favourites at 8/5 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim victory at Hampden Park.

Australia will also hope to be in Brazil two years down the line and they are 9/5 to claim the spoils although Holger Osieck has picked an inexperienced squad for this match which will not include many household names including the absence of Tim Cahill.

Many eyes will be on Jordan Rhodes, the Huddersfield striker who scored a bundle of goals in League One last term, while new Norwich signing Robert Snodgrass is also included and Wigan’s Shaun Maloney is a class act.

Serbia v Republic of Ireland
Skipper Robbie Keane, Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stephen Hunt have all been omitted from the Ireland squad that will travel to Serbia this week, although Giovanni Trapattoni has stuck with many of the other players that featured in that dismal Euro 2012 campaign and supporters might expect to see Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy on the pitch.

Nevertheless, we could be entering a period of transition for the Irish and the bookies are happy to offer odds of 3/1 (Sportingbet) that they claim victory against a Serbia side who will be looking to make amends after missing the Euro 2012 finals.

The home side are an even money chance to win this game, with the manager looking set to pick Dejan Lekic and Lazar Markovic in attack, while Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has been given the night off.


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