International Footy 4 to watch

This entry was posted on Monday, September 9th, 2013

The business end of World Cup Qualifying is truly upon us and there’s a large amount of fans around the world hoping those first flights to Brazil they managed to nab were not in vain – should England lose in Ukraine, expect a round of applause from the middle class gap-yah kids looking to snap up cheap air-fares.

Kevin Keegan famously said he’s not the sort of manager to go looking for a draw in Ukraine, but then again he isn’t in charge of the England team today, Roy Hodgson is and Hodgson we think is the man for a draw in Ukraine. England took the lead in both Poland and Montenegro only to be pegged back and that’s not a bad option at 14/1 with Ladbrokes. Overall though we’ll back the draw at 23/10 on PaddyPower – it could even be a third 1-1 away draw in the group – which is 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

Elsewhere in England’s group Poland travel to San Marino and at -4 on the handicap we have to back the Poles. England hit eight on their visit and Montenegro managed six. San Marino come off the back of a 9-0 hammering in Ukraine so for us there’s little reason to think Poland will not at least match the 5-0 victory they achieved at home earlier in the campaign. Poland -4 is the bet at 10/11 with PaddyPower.

Northern Ireland found themselves half an hour away from a shock victory over Portugal on Friday night, but a lack of discipline and a Ronaldo hat-trick put pay to any hopes they had. They have a chance to rebuild their morale when they travel to Luxembourg, but we think they’ll have further disappointment. Without the suspended duo of Brunt and Lafferty and a serious defensive crisis there’s not a huge reason to think Northern Ireland can better the 1-1 draw between the sides earlier in the campaign. Luxembourg beat Lithuania in a friendly last month and have suffered just one defeat in four in front of their own fans. Lay Northern Ireland at 2.16 on Betfair.

Over in South America, Bolivia, who sit bottom of the standings welcome fourth placed Ecuador who have everything to play for. Home advantage however in La Paz is a huge advantage, but the Bolivians are on a dreadful winless run of seven games. Ecuador meanwhile have taken just two points from fifteen on the road in qualifying so it’s hard to know where to turn. As such, we’ll head to goals – and with just six in total in Ecuador’s last four away qualifying away games and a nervous home side, we’ll back under 2.5 goals at 1.7 on Betfair.

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