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 Bet365
  • 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:

 

 

 

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