I’m sure you’ve all heard of a booze cruise…
If you haven’t – it’s a short trip abroad to take advantage of lower prices on goodies such as alcohol and cigarettes.
With this in mind, let me introduce the ‘profit picnic’…
A short trip to Europe, where we take advantage of a number of international gimmies, with the aim of returning with a tasty profit.
So, let’s begin our journey…
Now, as Nigerian, I’m a big fan of international football.
Not so much the watching England lose side…
But certainly the betting side.
You see, the term “there’s no easy game in world football” just doesn’t apply when it comes to a number of these matches.
Estonia are never going to qualify for a major championship…
San Marino are never going to win a game…
And the most famous Kazakhstani is a British comedian.
In domestic football, accumulators are widely referred to as ‘a mugs game’ and the ‘bookies favourite’ but in international football, everything changes.
Providing you don’t go overboard, there are some nice profits to be made on some very big miss-matches on NaijaBet.
The Faroe Islands, Albania, Belarus and Armenia.
If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then I may as well give up now.
An early entrée
A quick word of warning about this – you need to place the bet by 4pm this afternoon.
That’s the time when the first selection, the Republic of Ireland, kick-off.
The Irish travel to Armenia to take on a nation that are ranked 96th in the world and came unstuck in their previous home match, against the might of Iran, 3-1.
As you may have heard, the Republic were a tad unfortunate to miss out on the World Cup and look a very tidy outfit under Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni.
They will be keen to get their qualifying campaign off to a strong start and should brush the Armenians aside with the minimum of fuss.
Next up are Serbia, who kick off in the Faroe Islands at 6pm.
The Serbians were many people’s dark horses to win the World Cup and while they may not have lived up to that impressive billing, their tournament wasn’t a complete disaster…
In fact, they were the only team (bar Spain) to beat the Germans…
Vidic and co also had a good record in reaching the main event and finished above France in qualifying for the World Cup.
They take on the Faroes who, barring an amusing 2-2 draw with Scotland back in 2002, have had about as much success as an X-Factor reject.
Dinner and dessert
For the main course, we’re off to Romania for a 7pm kick-off against Albania.
Romania are quite similar to the Republic of Ireland, in that they don’t always qualify for major tournaments but they are usually there or thereabouts.
Last time they met Albania on home turf (in Euro 2008 qualifying) Romania won 6-1 and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see a similar result this time, against a side that managed just one win and six goals in World Cup qualifying.
Finally, we round off our bet with the not so sweet French.
France may have been a complete and utter shambles in South Africa but a lot has happened since then.
With a new manager in charge and the main perpetrators suspended, Les Bleus should be set for a decent qualifying campaign.
As such, odds of 1/3 for a home win over Belarus should be gobbled down like a Christmas turkey.
These are longer odds than are being offered for England to beat Bulgaria and Bulgaria are 35 places ahead of Belarus in the world rankings.
In order to place this bet, head over to NaijaBet