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Bilic's boys can build on their excellent opening; FOOTBALL.

GERMANY v AZERBAIJAN ESPN, 7.45pm ARGENTINA v SPAIN ITV4, 9pm THE European international coupon is usually packed full of uncompetitive qualifiers and it is no different this evening, writes Mark Langdon.

Of the 23 Euro 2012 matches, 19 have odds-on favourites and six are at 1-8 or shorter. As is often the case, it is difficult to build up huge enthusiasm for a major punt, but Croatia should be shorter than 4-6 at home to Greece in Group F. Croatia were 11-10 to top the section ante-post and are now rightly odds-on to finish first and automatically reach the finals in Ukraine and Poland. They were excellent in Friday's 3-0 success over Latvia and Slaven Bilic's team are worth keeping on side over the coming months.

Mladen Petric, from a position wide on the right, was a constant menace four days ago and forward focal point Ivica Olic works harder than a Duracell bunny. Niko Kranjcar did a sound job as the playmaker, but there is no question Croatia will become a stronger unit tonight for the return from injury of Luka Modric.

However, Croatia are not just a pretty side. Holding midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic is happy to kick anything that moves, while the rearguard never looked in trouble against the Latvians. Greece were shocking at the World Cup and carried that form into the Euro qualifiers with a home draw with Georgia. Nikos Spyropoulos, scorer of the equaliser on Friday, has been ruled out because of injury and Greece lost their hardest away World Cup qualifier 12 months ago when going down 2-0 in Switzerland.

The most interesting qualifier comes from Turkey, who host fast-improving Belgium. The Red Devils were excellent despite losing 1-0 to Germany on Friday and maybe their youthful side just lack a bit of experience to get the job done at this level.

However, Belgium are a team to watch over the coming years and Marouane Fellaini can serve notice of their quality tonight by opening the scoring at 14-1. The Everton man played just off the striker four days ago and looked their most likely goalscorer.

Argentina's friendly with Spain should make for interesting viewing this evening, although from a betting point of view little stands out.

You would expect the South Americans to be more motivated on home soil, but this stunning Spain side deserve their tag of European and world champions.

Germany are also in televised action and they face a simple task at home to Azerbaijan, who have travelled without their top forward Afran Ismailov.

Recommendations Croatia 2pts 4-6 Ladbrokes, Stan James M Fellaini first goalscorer in Turkey v Belgium 0.5pt each-way 14-1 Hills, Paddy Power, Victor Chandler

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Marouane Fellaini (left) can give Belgium a boost by scoring first against Turkey tonight
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Date:Sep 7, 2010
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