Soccer Odds Roundup: Germany, Argentina Betting Favorites in Friday Friendlies

Argentina's forward Sergio Aguero (2R) participates in a team training session at the City Academy training complex in Manchester, north west England on March 21, 2018 ahead of their March 23 international friendly football match against Italy at the Ethiad Stadium. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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Germany will be looking for its first victory since the conclusion of World Cup qualifying when it hits the pitch against Spain for a friendly on Friday as the +140 betting favorite (wager $100 to win $140) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

The defending world champions dominated in UEFA World Cup qualifying, tallying 10 straight victories, but were forced to settle for draws in their past two friendlies going into Friday’s game at ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf.

With the start of the FIFA World Cup less than three months away, the Germans remain perched atop the 2018 World Cup odds as +450 favorites, but they have struggled in rare meetings with La Furia Roja, going 1-0-3 in their past four. However, Die Mannschaft emerged as 4-1 winners the last time these two squads met on German soil in August 2000.

Pegged as +185 underdogs on Friday, the Spaniards travel to Dusseldorf riding a 16-match unbeaten streak across all competitions but own a dismal 2-4-2 record over their past eight road friendlies, capped by a 2-2 draw with Russia as a +137 bet on November 14. However, Spain faces high expectations at this year’s World Cup after going 9-1-0 in qualifying and sits as an intriguing +700 wager on the World Cup odds.

In other international friendly action on Friday, Argentina plays host to Italy as -105 chalk, and Netherlands takes on England as a +145 home favorite, while France welcomes Colombia to Stade de France as a heavy -200 favorite.

After struggling to clinch a World Cup berth, Argentina needed late-game heroics from Sergio Aguero to lock down a 1-0 win over Russia in a November 11 friendly and followed up with a stunning 4-2 loss to Nigeria as -187 home favorites.

Italy sits as a +310 underdog as it returns to the pitch for the first time since getting eliminated from World Cup contention with a 1-0 aggregate loss in a playoff clash with Sweden. The Azzurri have posted just two wins in six overall and are winless in four meetings with Argentina since 1982.

Netherlands enters Friday’s contest riding a five-match win streak and has held opponents off the scoresheet in three straight outings including victories in November friendly matchups with Scotland and Romania. That is bad news for the Three Lions, who enter their date with the Orange as +185 underdogs but have scored just two total goals during a 2-2-0 run.

France has blanked opponents five times during a 5-2-1 run on home turf, while Colombia looks to win consecutive road matches for the first time since the 2016 Copa America.

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