The FC crew debate the pre-World Cup power rankings, with Brazil among the teams to beat.

The column enjoyed a monster weekend after taking down 12/1, 11/1 and 4/1 winners. There’s another busy week of international action coming right up and we’ve got all the best betting angles covered.

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The Home Banker

Despite a changing cast of young defenders, England have notched five consecutive clean sheets and will fancy their chances of keeping Italy at bay when the teams meet at Wembley on Tuesday evening. Though doubts remain as to whether Gareth Southgate’s side will be able to muster enough creativity in the final third to be truly competitive against the best teams at the World Cup, defensively the Three Lions are looking very solid and Friday’s 1-0 win over Netherlands made it seven games unbeaten. Italy looked poor in losing 2-0 to Argentina on Friday so a punt on England to win to nil here could be the way to go.

Selection: £4 on England to win to nil at 2/1 with bet365

The Tasty Treble

France look good things at 4/7 to beat a very ordinary Russian outfit on Tuesday. The 2018 World Cup hosts have won only one of their last eight international fixtures and were humbled 3-0 by Brazil last time out. Elsewhere, both teams to score looks a tempter at 4/5 when Spain face Argentina. Lionel Messi missed Argentina’s 2-0 win over Italy but could play some part against La Roja having trained at Valdebebas on Sunday. Finally 11/10 seems fair enough for Portugal to beat Netherlands, who looked disjointed and devoid of any real star quality in that defeat to England. Cristiano Ronaldo is bang in form and can lead the Portuguese to another win on home soil on Monday night. The treble pays almost 5/1 with bet365 and looks decent.

Selection: £3 on the treble at 4.94/1 with bet365

The Euro Wager

Germany and Brazil meet on Tuesday for the first time since that jaw-dropping World Cup semifinal in 2014. Joachim Low’s men stunned the world with a 7-1 demolition of the Selecao, before going on to beat Argentina in the final. Brazil have been rebuilding ever since, but might struggle in Berlin without the mercurial Neymar who is out injured. There could be goals again however and Germany to win with both teams scoring looks the shout.

Selection: £2 on Germany to win and both teams to score at 15/4 with bet365

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The Wildcard Tip

Raheem Sterling’s pace could hold the key to unlocking an experienced but sometimes ponderous Italian defence at Wembley. The Manchester City man has bagged 20 goals in all competitions this season and he can repay Southgate’s faith in him by scoring first against the Azzurri.

Selection: £2 on Sterling to score first at 13/2 with bet365

The Bookie Basher

With Thomas Muller ruled out, Timo Werner looks a likely starter for Germany in their big clash against Brazil, and the Leipzig man could be worth a small play to score two goals or more at 10/1 with bet365. The youngster has plundered 11 goals and three assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances this season and is favourite to lead the German line at this summer’s World Cup.

Selection: £1 on Werner to score 2+ goals at 10/1 with bet365

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