Oct 11: World Cup Betting Preview


IT’S the final night of the World Cup qualifiers and I’m happy to see the back of them.

Betting wise it’s not been too bad with hardly any hot favourites slipping up but give me the bread and butter of league football any day. What you know is what you like.

Anyway let’s start with Scotland who were one of those favourites as bookies enjoyed a winning Saturday.

Gordon Strachan targeted four points from the double header with Lithuania and Slovakia but victory in Bratislava looks beyond his side on the evidence of the weekend.

Realistically, Scotland are competing with Slovakia and Slovenia for second spot so the key is to allow tonight’s opponents to gain no ground.

Strachan didn’t get much right at Hampden but was correct to say Slovakia need the points against us after opening with two defeats.

Scotland will point to stats that say Slovakia have failed to score in four games – two of them against England – but we’ve only kept one clean sheet in eight and that was in Gibraltar.

We usually find a way to net and William Hill‘s 23-20 on both teams to score has a bit of value.

Slovakia are warm favourites at 5-4 with McBookie and others and it’s worth taking. I can’t us shutting them out and star man Marek Hamsik is worth a look as first scorer at 7-1 with McBookie.

To win the Scots are 3-1 at Coral while a draw pays 23-10 at bet365. Maybe if Strachan picks the right team we’ll be able to avoid defeat and that pays 3-4 at Coral.

It would be good to see Leigh Griffiths start and if he does the Celt is 9-2 at Betfred to hit his first international goal.

Group F leaders England were flat against Malta and by only winning 2-0 beat me and many others on the handicaps.

Gareth Southgate seemed pleased enough – maybe he was just relieved to launch his England career with a win – and a second 1-0 away win of the campaign is possible in Slovenia at 9-2 with William Hill. England are 7-10 with William Hill and under 2.5 goals is 11-18 with Marathonbet.

Northern Ireland face their toughest test away to Germany who have started with two 3-0 wins.

Michael McGovern’s heroics prevented nothing worse than a 1-0 defeat at the Euros but I’m taking the Germans minus one at 4-9 with Paddy Power and Thomas Muller to score first at 10-3 with Coral. That’s despite McGovern’s amazing stat that he’s not conceded more than one goal in his 17 internationals.

Elsewhere it’s all about trying to find value. Poland should see off Armenia without too much trouble and my Super Single is Robert Lewandowski to score first at 21-10 with McBookie. I also have the Poles to score 2+ and they could manage 3+.

Norway will beat San Marino but not sure if they’ll cover the -4 handicap as they’ve been poor of late.

Bets to Consider

Slovakia v Scotland btts

Hamsik to score

England to win 1-0

Germany -1

Muller to score first

Lewandowski to score first

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1 Comment
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    stagger 1 year ago

    As it’s the last night (hurrah) I thought I’d glance over the card with futbol24 close at hand. Nothing definite but I quite like the double chance trio of Saudi Arabia (v UAE) Slovakia (v Scotland) and Colombia (v Uruguay) Kick off 6.45, 7.45 & 9.45 respectively. I can’t remember if there is a D/C option on the Lads Insurance acca coupon as these three (total 11/10) would form the ‘easy’ part of a fivefold with two Even shots to boost the overall odds.

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