World Cup Qualifiers – Tuesday 26 March 2013

We are delighted to be previewing a couple of games this midweek, followed by general tips during the international fixtures.

Wales Vs Croatia

The Welsh will have some renewed confidence after beating the Scots on Friday evening and play a Croatia team that have conceded just two goals in their last 6 internationals.

Best match odds


  • Wales – 9/2 bookies
  • Draw – 27/10 Bwin
  • Croatia – 8/11 Blue Square


Croatia are head to head with Belgium for first place in the league, and at 8/11 is too good to miss for them to maintain the pressure of winning group a. Croatia have won the last four in all competitions, so will mean business this midweek. The last four wins have come at the expense of conceding a single goal, and they beat Wales in their other meeting 2-0.


A repeat scoreline of 2-0 is 7/1 at William Hill and both teams not to score is 10/11 with Blue Square. Our tip must take this safe on the away win, as Croatia have the momentum and resilience and the Welsh have little more than pride to play for.


Recommended betting:


  • Croatia – 8/11 Blue Square


Serbia Vs Scotland


The Scots lost against Wales 2-1 and the Serbians are just 8/13 for the match, which is short considering neither have much to play for.


Best match odds:


  • Serbia – 8/13 Coral
  • Draw – 3/1 BetVictor
  • Scotland – 5/1 Paddy Power


Excluding games played as Yugoslavia, the 0-0 between these sides in September 2012 was the first ever clash. Scotland are now without a win in six competitive games (D2 L4). Scotland have only failed to score in one of their last eight away internationals (all competitions). Gordon Strachan’s side have only mustered one clean sheet in 11 games on the road. Serbia have lost their last three qualifiers without scoring a single goal, conceding six themselves. Serbia lost 0-3 against Belgium in their last home game, ending a run of five unbeaten games on home soil (W3 D2).



Taking into account that the game has little to yield from, you have to look from the perspective of the Scottish boss Gordon Strachan trying to rebuild the team for Euro 2016 qualification starting in September 2014. This is a long time away, but no time like the present. The 3/1 on the draw is no unreasonable to suggest, with Scotland as BIG as 7/5 with Paddy Power with a goal start.


Boylesports go 20/21 for the time of first goal after 27:01, and Blue Square take the same market at 5/6 for no goal until after 34 minutes, which is quite a contrast in respect.


Recommended betting:


  • First goal after 27 minutes – 20/21 Boylesports



Other bets:


Banker treble:


  • Australia, Portugal and Egypt pays 2.03 at Blue Square


Small ACCA:


  • Estonia, Germany only to score in their game, Belgium, Netherlands and Ukraine to win pays 2.33 at Bwin


Lockup Single of the day:

  • England to beat Montenegro – 13/16 at Pinnacle

    Spain vs Switzerland Betting Preview 16 06 2010

    Not a phenomenal game, this should see Spain record a fairly accomplished win.

    Spain are the reigning European champions. They have David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Iker Casillas, Fernando Torres and Xavi in their ranks. They are unbeaten since losing 2-0 to the USA in the Confederations Cup, nearly a whole year ago – everything is for them, which is why they are the top team in the World Cup. There are few negatives – except that they are likely to be without Iniesta for the opening game.

    Switzerland have never been a major force but reminded the wider world of their talents in recent years by finishing top of their group in 2006, ahead of eventual finalists France, only to be knocked out of the competition in the strangest way, by not conceding a single goal in open play (they lost on penalties to Ukraine). They are a solid team but unspectacular, quite reliant on young defenders like Stephan Lichtsteiner and Philipe Senderos. Their goals tend to come through all-time leading goal-scorer Alex Frei (who is injured), Hakan Yakin (who is too old to be considered a starter anymore) or not at all. Blaise Nkufo looks set to step in.

    It seems that Torres may not start this game, so instead look to leading frontman and new Barcelona signing Villa (38 goals in 58 appearances make the 28 year-old Spain’s second highest scorer of all time). The Barcelona centre backs, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, seem destined for clean sheets, too.

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      Germany World Cup Betting Preview 2010

      Germany World Cup Betting Preview 2010

      Germany – many absentees but promising, young attackers. As Germany prepared to take on Bosnia-Herzegovina last night, their confidence was fairly mixed, as evident in the pragmatic nature of their 3-1 win. Off the back of two 3-0 victories over Hungary and Malta, and after a basketball score of 24-0 against amateur side Eppam, Germany believe in the form of their strikers. Read more Germany World Cup Betting Preview 2010

        Brazil vs North Korea 15/06/10 19:30 Match Preview

        Little is known about North Korea, except for their results in qualifying. Their opponents, the most successful national team in history, are clear favourites. Brazil look set to open their account in style.

        The lowest ranked team in the competition, North Korea would be hard pressed to claim a point in Group G against Cote d’Ivoire or Portugal, let alone trouble Brazil. Their best known player, also their captain, is Hong Yong-Jo, who plays mostly as a substitute midfielder-come-striker in lower-end Russian Premier league club Rostov. With only two other players plying their trade outside North Korea, in Japan – Kawasaki Frontale’s prolific striker Jong Tae-Se and now-relegated Ominya Ardija’s journeyman midfielder Ahn Young-Hak – the rest are an enigma.

        Brazil set the benchmark for any team looking to seriously contemplate lifting the World Cup. Star playmaker Kaka may not be at the peak of his powers these days but he has scored more international goals than any of his teammates. Alongside him are a star-studded squad including Julio Cesar, Maicon and Lucio from Inter Milan, Robinho, Luis Fabiano, Gilberto Silva and Julio Baptista – this is a team so strong that Barcelona’s Dani Alves is used as an impact substitute. Maybe not as exciting as they used to be, Brazil are well organised and extremely skilful.

        You would have to favour Brazil, and favour them heavily. 3-0 is the minimum score that can be expected. Star players would have to be the overlapping Maicon and undeniable talent of Robinho but expect Kaka to score – as well as popping up for the odd vital goal, Kaka has penalty duties, something which may come into effect when playing a team like North Korea.

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          Serbia vs Ghana 13 06 2010 1500 World Cup betting

          Group D contains some of the world’s best countries. Germany may be just a cut above but all the teams in their group should make life difficult for them.

          Normally, neither Serbia nor Ghana would consider themselves favourites. For Ghana, it’s a chance to emulate 2006’s great escape from a group containing eventual champions Italy, the strong Czechs and USA, and for Serbia, it’s a chance to avenge a poor performance that saw them crash out in round 1. But these are not normal circumstances.

          With Michael Essien absent, Ghana are severely deflated, as reflected in their poor form leading up to the tournament, their best result being a 1-0 victory over Latvia. Though many of the team were part of the side that claimed second spot in the African Cup of Nations, Milovan Rajevac’s men will face tougher opposition here. The shining light is the re-emergence of Stephen Appiah; a forgotten man at Bologna this season, Appiah is the embodiment of calm and leadership.

          Serbia are steady if not spectacular, able to compete with a full-strength team that includes Nemanja Vidic, highly sought after Milos Krasic, Branislav Ivanovic, treble-winning Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic and new Birmingham 6’7” striker Nikola Zigic. Their automatic qualification saw them force France into a play-off to join them. Very strong.

          A fairly tense match, Serbia’s strong backline should hold off Ghana, and all that’s required of them is to score on the counter-attack.

            Australia vs Germany 2010 World Betting

            In Group D’s other match, 2006’s hosts, Germany, take on 2006’s surprise package, Australia.
            Switching to the Asian football association, Australia qualified for the World Cup before with two games to spare, regularly playing against tougher opposition than they had previously been used to. Still able to count on the experience and leadership of captain Lucas Neill, Vince Grella and Harry Kewell (all based in Turkey), as well as the indispensible Scott Chipperfield, Mark Schwarzer, Brett Emerton and Tim Cahill. Read more Australia vs Germany 2010 World Betting

              England vs USA World Cup Preview betting

              With both teams likely to qualify from this group, this game may ultimately decide who tops it and seeks to avoid the unenviable task of playing Germany in the second round.

              Revitalised under Fabio Capello, England are one of the early tournament favourites and have a strong squad throughout. USA, despite a great second-place finish against Brazil in the Confederations Cup – beating Spain along the way – simply do not have the credentials to beat England.

              Rated 14th in the World, a number of players will be familiar to English audiences – their keepers Tim Howard, Brad Guzan and Marcus Hahnemann all play in England, along with Jonathon Spector, Stuart Holden, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. But their brightest star, Landon Donovan, is the man to watch: still only 28, he is their all-time leading goal-scorer with 42 goals in 123 appearances – all as a support striker.

              Fast and athletic, USA lack the cutting edge, despite that incredible win over Spain. Mystery surrounds England’s starting line-up but the players have said they want James as keeper, likely to be guarded by Ashley Cole, King, Terry and Johnson. In midfield, the signs are that club-less Joe Cole will receive a surprising starting berth with out of favour Wright-Phillips, with the centre pairing of Gerrard and Lampard supplying Crouch and the formidable Wayne Rooney.

              Certainly an England win, though USA have bite to them. Impossible not to see Crouch getting some joy against a very unfit Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu. Not as close-run as Group A, this should see a difficult England victory.

                South Africa v Mexico Betting 11th June 2010 17 30

                World Cup hosts South Africa come into their own tournament in good form, having beaten Denmark, Colombia and Guatemala, and drawn with Bulgaria in their last 4 games – extremely good results. They will come up against a very strong in Mexico, who performed well in losses to England and Holland before convincingly beating Gambia and World Cup holders Italy. Read more South Africa v Mexico Betting 11th June 2010 17 30