Leading up to the first World Cup match on Nov. 20, FIFA has scheduled fantastic international friendlies all week. On Wednesday, two WC participants step onto the pitch when Croatia throws down against Saudi Arabia. Also on Wednesday, World Cup qualifying nation Poland takes on South American squad Chile and WC team Mexico battles Sweden. See below for International Friendlies Betting analysis and free picks for six of this Wednesday’s best FIFA international friendlies.
Soccer Betting Preview for the Best FIFA International Friendlies Matches Before World Cup Starts
FIFA International Friendlies
- When: Wednesday, Nov. 16
Saudi Arabia vs Croatia
Saudi Arabia has won 2 with 3 draws in their last 5. The Middle Eastern nation played great on Nov. 10, drawing 1-1 versus Panama.
Croatia has signaled they’re going to make a deep World Cup run. The Croatians are on a 4-match, Nations League, winning streak. Croatia dumped Denmark twice, and France and Austria once during the streak. Croatia should win this even if they bench their starting 11.
Soccer Pick: Croatia
Poland vs Chile
Chile had lost 4 straight, but on Sep. 27, the Chileans drew versus World Cup host team Qatar in a 2-2 contest. Poland shows 3 losses, a draw, and a win in their last 5.
All 5 of Poland’s matches happened in the Nations League tournament. The win occurred in Poland’s last, a 1-0 victory over fellow World Cup participant Wales. Poland should beat Chile, but the Polish begin their WC quest next week. Chile will play with more fire while Poland uses this as a prep to ready for the World Cup, making the Chileans the play.
Soccer Pick: Chile
Turkey vs Scotland
Neither squad qualified for the World Cup, which makes this an interesting matchup. Not only that, but both teams played well during Nations League group play.
At the Nations League, Turkey won 3 with a draw and a loss. Scotland shows the same form, 3 wins, a draw, and a loss.
Scotland drew 0-0 versus Ukraine in their last. Turkey fell 2-1 against Faroe Islands. This is an international friendly, which means Turkey, because this happens on their field, has the edge. But overall, Scotland is the better team. The road team gets the nod.
Soccer Pick: Scotland
Mexico vs Sweden
Sweden had a disastrous group stage at the Nations League. The Swedes lost 4-of-5. At least the draw happened in Sweden’s last, a 1-1 match versus Slovenia.
Mexico has won 2-of-3. In their last game, El Tri beat Iraq 4-0. The Mexicans are feeling good heading into the World Cup and should have no trouble beating Sweden.
Soccer Pick: Mexico
Peru vs Paraguay
Peru versus Paraguay is one of South America’s top rivalries. Both teams are playing well enough to win this.
Paraguay has won 2 and drawn twice in their last 4. Paraguay’s 2 draws came versus World Cup teams South Korea and Morocco.
Peru beat El Salvador 4-1 in their last match. Because this happens in Peru, the home team is the play.
Soccer Pick: Peru
Nicaragua vs El Salvador
Neither squad is playing great soccer but, by far, El Salvador’s form is better than Nicaragua’s. The Nicaraguans are on a 4-match losing streak.
El Salvador shows 2 draws, a win, and a loss in their last 4. The loss happened in an international friendly while the draws came against the U.S. and Grenada in a pair of CONCACAF Nations League matches. Although this is on the road, the El Salvadorans should have no trouble scoring the victory.
Soccer Pick: El Salvador