World Cup Qualifiers 2013

This entry was posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013

Next time you’re reading about how overpaid the modern footballer is, spare a thought for poor souls for whom the 2012/13 campaign STILL isn’t over. It’s nearly the middle of June and yet, over the next few days, hopes and dreams of playing in Brazil 2014 may be shattered as footballing nations do battle all over the globe. We’ve picked out four bets we like the look of.

Belgium’s reputation has been rapidly on the increase in recent years, as their young starlets have started to prove themselves all over Europe. On Friday evening they face Serbia, with spirits high having just put four past the USA in a friendly last week. The Serbs haven’t managed a goal in their last three away qualifiers, whilst Belgium have only conceded once in their six games so far. The Belgians have won the other five games to nil and that looks a sound bet tonight at 6/4 with Ladbrokes.

Whilst England are not playing tonight, Roy Hodgson will be keeping a close eye on events in Montenegro as the leaders of Group H face Ukraine. Anything but a win here for the Euro 2012 co-hosts will almost certainly end their hopes of qualification and there’s reason to be optimistic when one considers this Ukraine side have already secured a point at Wembley and all three in Poland. Montenegro have won only one of their last six qualifiers at home if you include their failed Euro 2012 qualification campaign and that was against San Marino, so we feel confident Ukraine can take at least a point – we’ll back the draw at 3.25 with Betfair.

Over in Africa Ghana travel to Sudan and the Black Stars are a tempting 4/6 with Ladbrokes to come away with all three points. Ghana won the home leg of this group fixture 4-0 in March and the Sudanese arrive into this game having scored just one goal in their last eleven games, which makes us also take an interest in the Ghana winning to nil at 6/4 with Ladbrokes. Former Sunderland man Asamoah Gyan will become Ghana’s highest ever scorer if he finds the net.

Staying in Africa, we like the look of Ivory Coast getting a victory when they travel to Gambia on Saturday. The home side are on a run of ten games without a win and five losses in six including two defeats to the mighty Mauritania, whilst ‘The Elephants’ have won seven of their last nine. We simply have to side with Gervinho and his team-mates at 1.56 on Betfair.

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