Oct 9: World Cup Betting Preview


WALES World Cup campaign has got off to a decent start with an easy win against Moldova followed by a decent point in Austria.

Next up for Chris Coleman’s men tonight is a visit from Georgia and it has to be a home win.

Gareth Bale was quiet in Austria but is still the main man and he’ll need to produce with Aaron Ramsay and Joe Allen missing. Bale is just 4-6 at McBookie to net and 5-2 to score first.

Georgia have no points from two games but were unlucky to lose to Ireland last week but Wales are better than the Irish.

Wales are a bit short at 3-10 with Ladbrokes and William Hill but win to nil is a possibility at 17-20 with McBookie.

Another team who could win to nil are Ireland who were poor against Georgia but should have enough to squeez by Moldova.

The Moldovans lost 4-0 to Wales and 3-0 at home to Serbia but the Irish don’t beat many teams convincingly and may have to settle for a 1-0 or 2-0 victory. They are 4-9 at Betfred which is tempting for accumulators and 10-11 at bet365 to win to nil.

Like Wales they are without two midfielders – Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick – and have concerns over the form of leading striker Shane Long who has failed to score in his last 18 matches for Southampton and Ireland.

In other games Spain face a tricky trip to an Albania side who have conceded one goal in four games. Julen Lopetegui’s played well enough in Italy and should win here although again 1-3 seems a bit short.

A two-goal win is a possibility so consider Spain -1 at evens with William Hill.

Group rivals Italy head to Macedonia and are even shorter than Spain at a best 2-7 with BetBright. Not sure where the value is here but the Italians should win to maintain their amazing record of not losing a qualifier in 10 years.

Kosovo were crushed 6-0 by Croatia and head for Ukraine who are 1-4 to notch the win. They should do so but Kosovo can net so try Ukraine and both to score at 23-10 with boylesports.

Next up for Croatia is a trip to Finland who were the unluckiest losers last week as they conceded two injury-time goals to lose 3-2 in Iceland. Both teams could score here at a big price of 8-5 with betfair.

And the men on target are likely to be Finland’s Teemu Pukki and Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic.

Iceland v Turkey and Serbia v Austria are tough to call but again both teams could score in these ties.

Bets to Consider

Bale to score first

Wales to win to nil

Ireland to win to nil

Spain -1

Ukraine &Btts

Finland v Croatia btts


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