World Cup Qualifiers – Sept 2013

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Just 10 months from now the eyes of the footballing world will descend on the spiritual home of the beautiful game as Brazil hosts the 20th World Cup. Who on earth is going to be there for the party on the Copacabana remains to be seen, but the next week will likely do much for telling us who can start getting the swimming shorts and flip flops ready.

Our first tip for Friday is to back Kazakhstan to beat the Faroe Islands. The Faroe’s are on a run of 11 straight defeats and they’ve lost each and every one of the last 23 competitive away games they have played. The Kazakh’s have not exactly made a brilliant start to their group, with just one point from six games, but a 1-0 friendly win over Georgia gives us every belief they’ll have enough. They’re a 8/15 shot with bet365.

Denmark were stunned with a 4-0 reverse at home to Armenia in their last qualifier and they travel to Malta knowing they need maximum points to be in with a chance of securing an unlikely playoff spot. They will however surely get it against Malta. The Maltese are without a goal at home in a World Cup Qualifier since their World Cup 2006 qualifying campaign whilst Denmark have only once failed to score away in a World Cup Qualifier in their last ten. Denmark -1 is around a 1/2 shot, so we’ll take slightly better value on both teams to score ‘No’ at 8/13 with Paddy Power.

Slovenia welcome Albania, but perhaps surprisingly it’s the Albanians who are currently second in Group E with 10 points from six games. Slovenia, with just six points are more or less out the equation already and look too short to beat their opponents. They’ve lost their last two home games (against Bosnia and Iceland) whilst Albania are unbeaten in five and last time out on the road impressively won at Norway. We’ll lay Slovenia at 1.83 on Betfair.

Finally we’re going to back Croatia to get the better of Serbia when they travel there for their Group A game on Tuesday night. It’s already a shoot out between Croatia and Belgium for the automatic spot and with the Serbian’s going through a poor run of form, including a comfortable 2-0 reverse in Croatia in March, we can’t see why they deserve to be marginal favourites for this tie. Croatia are available at 2.88 on Betfair and that’s plenty big enough for us.

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