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Torino vs. Udinese
Torino is performing at his usual level this season. The Bulls are in 12th place, which confirms their status as the middle peasant of Italian football.
In the last round, Torino was disappointing with the result. Still, the minimum defeat from the outsider Spezia was not included in the plans.
Squadra Granata is clearly a home team. Recently, this trend has been confirmed - victories at home are replaced by defeats on the road.
Against Udinese Torino has played with varying success in recent years. In the last five head-to-head battles, the bulls won three victories with two defeats.
Friulans have not claimed for European cups for a long time. However, Udinese is not threatened with a departure from Serie A.
The Udins are a very peaceful team. For example, the team ended in a draw out of five October fights.
By the way, in the last round the team defeated Sassuolo 3-2. Of course, this victory will give some wings to the players of the Friulan club.
True, there were some personnel losses. Just in that meeting, the leading midfielder Jean-Victor Makengo was sent off.
The Bulls will most likely actively attack, besides, they are strong in their field.
My prediction and bet - Torino wins with odds of 2.05.
Rayo Vallecano vs. Mallorca
Rayo Vallecano played in the Segunda last season and through the playoff sieve was able to win a ticket to the elite of Spanish football, where they are now in a high seventh place with 20 points.
The Bees have achieved six victories in 13 games, they drew twice and suffered five setbacks. Over the past five games, they have won two, two fiascoes and a draw.
The first draw took place just in the year before last - at home with Celta 0-0. Before that, the Madrid team at home was able to beat Barcelona at least - 1-0.
Mallorca also moved up from Segunda following the results of last season. In the elite of Spanish football, she is currently ranked 13th in the standings with 15 points.
In the first three starting rounds, the Islanders won twice with one world result. However, in the next six games they won only once, shared points with their opponent twice and lost four times.
Last day the islanders drew 2-2 at home against Elche. Thus, they did not manage to climb to the top of the table.
In 10 previous fights, the Balearians have won only one victory and have not known success for five games already. Moreover, in four games they were weaker than their rivals.
My prediction and bet - Rayo Vallecano will win and two or more goals will be scored in the match for 2.45.
Atalanta vs. Spezia
Atalanta, with 22 points scored, is fourth in the tournament. She is three points behind the third position, and the pursuers are located very close.
During the 12 meetings held in the current Serie A, the Bergamasks have won six victories, drew four times and lost twice. They come up to this game with a 5-match unbeaten streak.
In this segment, the hosts managed to get two victories and drew three times. Their lag behind the leader Napoli is measured by 10 points.
Earlier in the Champions League they drew 2-2 at home with Manchester United, and in the last game of the championship they beat Cagliari 2-1 at home.
With 11 points, Spezia took the 16th position in the Serie A standings, just two points ahead of the relegation zone.
Over the entire tournament distance, the Firefighters achieved three victorious results, they drew two fights and suffered as many as seven defeats.
Before the last round, the team did not know victories in three matches in a row, losing in two of them - Sampdoria 1-2 and Fiorentina 0-3.
The unsuccessful streak was interrupted in the last match, in which the team at home defeated Torino 1-0 with a minimal result.
My prediction and bet - Atalanta will win and both teams to score in 2.45.
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Ukraine
Bosnia and Herzegovina
The national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is ranked fourth in the group D standings with 7 points.
In seven matches, the Bosnians have won one victory, drew four times and suffered two defeats.
In October, they beat Kazakhstan 2-0 and shared points with Ukraine 1-1, and in November they lost 1-3 at home to Finland and lost their chances of getting to the World Cup.
The Bosnia national team in the next meeting will not be helped by the injured Elvis Saric and the coronavirus patient Yusuf Gazibegovic. Also, most likely, captain Edin Dzeko will not enter the field.
The Ukrainian national team is on the third line in the group D standings with 9 points.
In the current qualifying round, the Yellow-Blues have won only one victory, drew six times and never lost.
The long-awaited victory for the team of Alexander Petrakov won over Finland 2-1 on October 9, and three days later they parted with Bosnia 1-1. In November, the Ukrainians played a 1-1 world match with Bulgaria in a friendly match.
The injured Vitaliy Mykolenko will not play for the Ukrainian national team. The rest of the players, including Ruslan Malinovsky, are in the ranks.
Prediction and Bet
The Yellow-Blues are so accustomed to draws that it would be rash to give them three points in advance. However, the standings force them to go ahead and win, and also hope that France will at least not lose to Finland.
And what about Bosnia? She can move up to third place, but after the failure in the game with the Finns, it is hard to believe that Ivaylo Petev's charges will come together.
So, Ukraine has a better squad, it had much more time to prepare and higher motivation. My prediction is the victory of the guests.
Finland vs. France
The Finns finished second in Group D with a 3-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. The hosts managed to win if they were sent off in the squad. At the same time, Teemu Pukki's unbeaten penalty was saved from the defeat of the Bosnians.
Thus, the Finnish national team has already won 3 victories in this qualifying cycle. Earlier, the owls defeated the Kazakhstan team twice with a score of 2-0 and 1-0.
Finland has 11 points. She is 2 points ahead of Ukraine, which she lost 2 rounds back with a score of 1-2.
It should be noted that the Finns won only one of the three home matches in qualifying.
The French have already secured an exit from the group from the first line. This means that Didier Deschamps' team was directly qualified for the final of the World Cup.
In the last round, they left no chances for the Kazakhs, defeating them with a score of 8-0. Kylian Mbappe made poker in that match.
Prior to that, the French national team won the League of Nations. In October, she defeated Belgium 3-2 and won 2-1 in the final against Spain.
In the group D standings, the French have 15 points. They are the best in terms of the number of goals scored and conceded (16-3).
Prediction and Bet
Most likely, the Finns will play very carefully. Ideally, they will only be satisfied with a victory, but first of all the team will focus on defense and try to play on counterattacks.
France does not have such a huge motivation, so it is possible that in a game with such a charged opponent, she will not be able to score many goals.
I believe that a bet on France total less than 1.5 is a good option.
Colombia vs. Paraguay
Colombia is ranked fifth in the South American qualifying group standings. At the moment, the Colombians have 16 points. Chile and Uruguay have the same number.
The unbeaten run of the Colombians in the current selection is already four matches. After three draws (in all cases - 0-0) Reinaldo Rueda's team lost on the road to Brazil (0-1).
Colombia have drawn six draws in their previous eight qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup. And one more fact. Colombia have not scored a single goal in their previous four matches.
Paraguay dropped to eighth place in the table. After 13 games played, the Paraguayans have 12 points.
Like Colombia, Paraguay has never won four previous matches. The only difference is that they suffered three defeats and drew once.
A few days ago, Paraguay lost to Chile at home with a score of 0-1. Paraguay's away streak of defeats in the current selection is three matches, losing streak - five, in which Guillermo Skelotto's team scored only one goal.
Prediction and Bet
Both teams have been playing really badly lately, but there is a suspicion that Paraguay is in a worse condition than Colombia.
Maybe with difficulty, but the hosts will somehow win in the upcoming match.
Bet - Colombia wins + total match under 3.5 in 2.09.
Poland vs. Hungary
Poland is the second in the group A standings with 20 points.
The White Eagles' only defeat in the current selection was 1-2 at away from England, and in the last three matches they have dealt with San Marino 5-0, Albania 1-0 and Andorra 4-1.
In general, the White-Reds are performing successfully this fall, but they failed at Euro 2020, gaining only 1 point in the group with Slovakia 1-2, Spain 1-1 and Sweden 2-3.
Bartłomiej Drongowski, Arkadiusz Retza and David Kovnatski will not play for the Polish national team due to injuries.
The Hungarian national team is on the fourth line in the group A standings with 14 points.
This spring, the Magyars have lost twice to Albania 0-1 and 0-1, shared points with England 1-1, and also beat Andorra 2-1 and San Marino 4-0.
At Euro 2020, Marco Rossi's charges lost to Portugal 0-3, and also drew with France 1-1 and Germany 2-2. They did not leave the group, but they left a good impression.
Among the injured Hungarians are Peter Gulachi, Willie Orban and Bolla Bendeguz.
Prediction and bet
For the team of Marco Rossi, this game does not really matter, since they will not rise above third place and will not get to the World Cup.
But the "eagles" have a very tiny chance to finish first. What is needed for this? First, to beat Hungary as big as possible. Secondly, wait for the defeat of England by San Marino.
My prediction is over 2.5 total in 2.12. It makes no sense for these teams to sit out in defense, since the result will not affect their future in any way.
Switzerland vs. Bulgaria
Switzerland for the round before the completion of the selection takes the second place in the group, while being inferior to Italy only in additional indicators. Both teams have 15 points each, but the Italians are better thanks to the better goal difference.
Switzerland did not lose to Italy in the away match on Friday. The meeting in Rome ended in a draw 11.
At the same time, the Swiss even took the lead, but then allowed Squadra Azzurra to win back. Italy could snatch victory, but a few minutes before the final whistle, Jorginho missed the penalty.
The Swiss national team has never lost in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup and conceded only two goals.
Bulgaria, meanwhile, scored eight points and is in fourth place.
The Bulgarians can finish the qualification on the third line in the group if they score points in the upcoming match, and Northern Ireland will lose to Italy.
But this is unlikely given how Bulgaria recently played in a friendly against Ukraine. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, but the Bulgarian footballer was just lucky. The Ukrainians made 36 shots (15 on target), but scored only one goal.
Bulgaria has never won away in this group.
Prediction and bet
It is difficult to imagine what would have to happen for the Swiss to lose points in this match. Bulgaria, of course, also knows how to surprise (you can recall the guest draw with Italy), but something suggests that it will lose here.
By the way, Switzerland will try to score as much as possible, because with a better goal difference than Italy, it will be she who will receive a direct ticket to the World Cup.
Bet - Switzerland's total over 2.5
Bolivia vs. Uruguay
With 12 points, the Bolivian national team is in ninth position in the South American zone standings. It is four points behind the required fifth line.
For 13 meetings, the Bolivians achieved only three victorious results, they drew the same number of games and suffered as many as seven defeats, scored 17 goals, conceded - 28.
A few days ago, the "tricolors" were defeated on the road by the Peru national team with a score of 0-3. And before that, they won two straight games in a row without conceding goals, both of which were at home.
Bolivia earned ten out of 12 total points just at home, winning three matches with one world and three failures, the goal difference is 12-7.
The Uruguayan team has 16 points, with which it is placed in the sixth position in the standings, but is second only to the fourth line in additional indicators. In four meetings of this company, the guests celebrated Victoria, they ended the same number of matches with world outcomes and left the field defeated five times.
The Uruguayans are approaching this game with a 4-game losing streak, which began at home with Colombia 0-0, and continued with two fiascoes from Argentina 0-3 and 0-1 and one from Brazil 1-4. Outside of their home stadium, Uruguay has earned only five points out of 16 total in the current qualifying cycle, winning once with two draws and three failures, the goal difference is 7-12.
Uruguay have beaten Bolivia in their last four meetings. Moreover, all these victories were obtained with a difference of two goals.
Prediction and bet
Uruguay, risking to fly past the World Cup in Qatar, is simply obliged to take three points in the game with the outsider of the South American zone, even on the road.
My prediction for this game is Uruguay to win in 2.05.
Venezuela vs. Peru
The Venezuelan national team in the current qualifying round does not shine. The last 10th place with 7 points - these are the realities of this team.
Now Venezuela is fighting only for its own prestige. Catching up at least someone is the main motivation of the Venezuelans, although the team is not the weakest in terms of composition.
In the last qualifying round, the Venezuelan team lost. On the road, the team lost the least to Ecuador.
There is no doubt that Venezuela will try to resist Peru. True, of the last five matches against the Peruvians, three ended in a draw with two victories of the opponent.
The Peruvians are actively involved in the fight for access to the Mundial. However, while the team takes only 7th place, however, the gap from the fourth is only two points.
The 3-0 victory over Bolivia in the last round actually put the team back in the race. Prior to that, the Peruvians lost two matches in a row, including the same Bolivians.
Christian Cueva is one of the team leaders. In the current selection, he has already scored four goals.
Andre Carrillo scored three times. Do not forget that Gianluca Lapadula also stands out in the Peruvian national team. With such guys, you can safely storm the defense of the Venezuelans!
Prediction and bet
The visiting team has several skilled attacking performers who are capable of making a result. My prediction and bet - Peru win with a handicap (0).
Italy vs. Switzerland
The Italian national team after six games played takes the first place in the group. At the moment, the Italians have 14 points, and they are ahead of the Swiss only in additional indicators.
In October, the reigning European champions took part in the final of the League of Nations. In the semifinals, Italy lost to Spain 1-2. The key was the removal of Leandro Bonucci at the end of the first half. In the match for third place, Roberto Mancini's team defeated Belgium 2-1.
Italy has never lost in the current selection. But, for example, the 1-1 home draw with Bulgaria in early September was a big disappointment.
The Italians scored seven points in three home matches of the 2022 World Cup qualification and conceded only one goal.
The Swiss, meanwhile, also scored 14 points and occupy the second place in the group.
Murat Yakin's team has already guaranteed itself at least participation in the play-offs, but, apparently, it intends to fight for a direct ticket to the 2022 World Cup.
Like the Italian national team, Switzerland also has never lost in the selection. The home meeting with Italy in early September ended in a 0-0 draw.
In the remaining five matches, the Swiss conceded only one goal.
The Swiss do not have the most pleasant memories from their previous visit to Rome. In mid-June, Squadra Azzurra defeated Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico.
But the losing side made the most correct conclusions. In September, the match between these teams ended in a draw, although Switzerland had chances to snatch victory.
Bet - Both Teams To Score In 2.09.
Montenegro vs. Netherlands
The Montenegrin national team is ranked fourth in the group after eight matches played. At the moment, the hosts have 11 points.
Montenegro has already lost its chances of reaching the final of the World Cup.
In October, the Montenegrin team won an away victory over Gibraltar and were defeated by Norway.
In three home games of the current qualification, Montenegro scored four points, losing so far only to the Norwegians.
The Netherlands are single-handedly leading their group after eight rounds. Now the Orange team has 19 points - two more than Norway, which they will face in the final round.
Since the appointment of Louis van Gaal as head coach, the Netherlands national team has played five matches in the current selection, in which they have scored 13 points.
On the first day of September, the Netherlands drew with Norway, after which they issued a streak of four victories, including over Turkey with a score of 6-1. The Netherlands have scored 29 goals in eight 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The Netherlands have improved significantly since the team was led by experienced van Gaal. In September, the Dutch defeated Montenegro 4-0 at home. This time, it is unlikely that it will come to a pogrom, the Netherlands needs to spare strength for a meeting with Norway, but the guests will still take three points.
The bet is the victory of the Netherlands + the total of the match is less than 3.5 in 2.01.
Andorra vs. Poland
The Andorran national team was able to get two victories at once in the current qualifying campaign. This can only be attributed to the fact that there is San Marino in the group of this collective. It was this opponent that the hosts beat on two occasions. Alvarez's team looked toothless in the rest of the meetings and was never able to impose competition on rivals. After scoring three points in the last round, the team is on the fifth line in the table, having 6 points in the asset.
The Polish team has not yet lost the chances of winning a direct ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Two rounds before the finish of the selection, the Poles are two points behind England, placing themselves on the second line in the overall standings. The team of Paulo Souza managed to defeat their rival in second place in the last match, namely, they beat Albania with a score of 1-0 on its field. This result practically guaranteed himself participation at least in the play-off matches for the World Cup.
The hosts are considered the clear underdogs of the upcoming match. The Poles play confidently against Andorra, as evidenced by the team's two crushing victories with a total score of 7-0 over their rivals. This meeting is unlikely to be anything different from the previous ones, my bet will be in favor of the home team.
Bet: Poland wins with a handicap (-2.5)
Austria vs. Israel
Austria, which lost three of its last five matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifier, dropped to fourth place in the group F standings. In the previous qualifying round, the national team lost to the leader of Denmark 0-1, and before that it managed to register a third victory - in an away game against the Faroe Islands 0-2.
In addition to the above, I will add that Austria ended the last three matches in the group by winning bets on Total Under 2.5 goals, having scored only two goals in this series of bouts.
Israel, with 13 points in eight qualifying rounds, is third in the Group F standings, four points behind second. In the previous round of the qualifying round, the national team scored a fourth victory, beating Moldova 2-1 at their home stadium.
Also note that Israel's five previous away matches in all tournaments ended with a bet on Total Over 2.5 goals.
Austria and Israel will remain in the fight for second place only if they win the upcoming game. You should also take into account a couple of facts from statistics - the teams scored goals to each other in 4 face-to-face meetings on the Austrian field, and Israel scored at least 2 goals in 4 out of 5 previous qualifying rounds. With this in mind, teams will have to play with an offensive focus.
I recommend betting on Total Over 2.5 goals.
Uruguay vs. Argentina
The hosts definitely expect to go to the world championship, because with such players it was possible to fight for leading positions, but now the team is only fifth. Oscar Tabares' charges have the same number of points as Colombia, and the team is one point behind Ecuador.
Uruguay lost two matches in a row, thus complicating the situation. The team conceded three times from Argentina and generally resembled a whipping boy 0-3, and in the last match they also lost to Brazil 1-4 devastatingly. The only goal was scored by Luis Suarez in the 77th minute.
The guests are qualifying at a good level, however, Brazil has not yet been able to catch up. Opponent for 11 rounds came off by six points. Lionel Messi and company last lost back in 2019, which is commendable.
Argentina had two confident home matches, during which they defeated Uruguay 3-0 and dealt with Peru 1-0 in class. We can say that Lionel Scaloni found the key to his charges, because such a stellar line-up still needs to be dealt with. Ahead of the Argentines, there is a meeting with a comfortable opponent, although it will hardly be easy at Campeon del Siglo.
Argentina is in excellent shape, which is confirmed by the results during qualifying. Lionel Scaloni's national team knows how to act against the Uruguayans, but the opponent is more motivated than ever, so we expect a fight.
Uruguay is trying to play as aggressively as possible at home, which so far brings results. Oscar Tabares' wards aim to gain a foothold in the top 4, respectively, in a match against clear leaders, you also need to take points. In my opinion, the hosts will impose the fight on the opponent and, at least, will not lose.
My prediction - Uruguay will not lose for 1.64 odds
USA vs. Mexico
The US national team started confidently in the selection for the World Cup and had no particular problems with scoring until the penultimate match. In the away game against Panama, Gregg Berhalter's wards were never able to shoot into the opponent's goal and suffered a minimal defeat of 0-1, which became the first in the campaign. After that, the Americans are three points behind the leader of the table and take second place in the overall standings.
Mexico has never lost in the current qualification and after six rounds tops the selection table. Gerardo Martino's team has the best defense at the moment, conceding only three goals and playing very aggressively in attack, scoring more than the other participants. In the past confrontation, the "tricolors" confidently beat El Salvador 2-0 away and may break even more from the USA in case of a successful performance in a face-to-face match.
Both teams are leaders in their region and claim the first line in the table. Mexico looks more confident in the starting qualifying matches, and the statistics of head-to-head meetings on the side of the Greens. The USA failed to show anything intelligible in the duel with Panama and on their field in official games they did not beat the current opponent for a very long time.
I suppose that the confrontation between the principal rivals and neighbors will be dictated by the guest team. The Greens look more convincing both in attack and defense. The guests, in our opinion, are closer to the set of three points, but we propose to insure the rate.
My bet is handicap (0) on Mexico.
Honduras vs. Panama
The Honduras national team missed the World Cup in Russia. Even now, it is unlikely that the home team will be able to compete for anything worthwhile, given the position of the home team in the standings. Honduras has an 8-match streak without victories, is on the last line in the group and looks extremely inexpressive, and in the last match at home it lost to the team from Jamaica 0-2.
On the contrary, the Panama team played at the World Cup in Russia. It is worth noting that she did it extremely unsuccessfully, but what difference does it make if the very fact of getting to the World Cup is already considered a great success. Now the team of guests is on the fourth line, so in theory the team can still compete for the world championship in Qatar, if it significantly improves.
The last face-to-face meeting of the rivals ended with a score of 3-2 in favor of Honduras. I will not bet any of the teams to win in this fight, but I will simply leave the forecast in favor of the increased total, which, I am sure, will exceed the value of two goals. I guess the game will be productive again.
Bet - Total Over 2
Ireland vs. Portugal
The Irish have already lost their chances of getting into the final of the World Cup. The remaining two qualifying matches no longer have a tournament value for them.
After six games played, Ireland, with only six points, is ranked second to last in their group.
The Irish team ended a five-game losing streak in the current qualifier last month. Stephen Kenny's team won a 3-0 away victory over Azerbaijan. In addition, in October, Ireland defeated Qatar at home in a friendly match.
The Irish national team has never won at home in the selection for the 2022 World Cup (defeat and two draws) and scored only two goals.
Portugal, meanwhile, is second in the group, one point behind Serbia. But the competitor played one more game. That is, the Portuguese have a great opportunity to climb to the first line and win a direct ticket to Qatar.
The Portuguese have failed to win in only one of the six matches of the current qualifier. At the end of March, Fernando Santos' team drew 2-2 with Serbia.
After that, there were four wins in a row. In October, Portugal defeated Luxembourg 5-0 at home.
After Euro 2020, the Portuguese national team won five victories in a row and scored 16 goals.
This game can be called key for the Portuguese. If they win in Dublin, it will be enough for them simply not to lose to Serbia in the final match.
In the upcoming match, it will not be easy either, especially at a party, but the Portuguese will most likely beat the stubborn, but at the same time, rather primitive Ireland.
Bet - Portugal wins + total under 3.5 in 2.06.
Romania vs. Iceland
The Romanian national team is fighting with Armenia and Macedonia for the second line. Two rounds before the finish, she goes second, but the pursuers are only one point away.
Over the entire tournament distance, the Yellows have achieved four victories, three times they left the field defeated and once played a draw, the goal difference is 11-8.
The Romanians had two fights last month. First, they lost to the German national team with a score of 1-2, after which they minimally defeated the Armenians on their territory - 1-0.
At home in the current qualifying cycle, Romania has achieved three victories and has been defeated once, losing only to the Germans.
The national team of Iceland failed this qualifying cycle and is unlikely to rise above the fifth place in the group.
During the eight meetings held with the Vikings, "there are only two victories on account (both over Liechtenstein), they drew twice and lost four games, scored 11 goals, conceded five more.
Last month, they drew a 1-1 world match with the Armenians on their territory, and also beat the Liechtenstein team 4-0. Moreover, with this win, the Icelanders interrupted a 5-match losing streak, in which they lost twice with three draws.
Iceland has fiasco twice and won once on the road in this qualifying round, beating Liechtenstein.
These teams held four meetings between themselves, three of which were won by the Romanians and the Icelanders won once.
In the perspective of the fight for the second line, the Romanians can’t lose points in this game. We expect that the hosts will win this meeting and will do it without much incident.
Romania win with handicap (-1)
Armenia vs. North Macedonia
The Armenian national team is performing more than well in the current qualifying round. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the company really claim the 2nd place.
But the situation in Group J has developed in such a way that the Armenians must definitely win not only in this fight. The final round of the Armenian national team will face a more difficult test - albeit unmotivated, but the German national team.
In the last qualifying round, the Armenian national team lost the least. The defeat against Romania threw the team as much as 4th place.
Of course, in this duel Armenia will seek happiness at the gates of the Macedonians. But the team clearly lacks really high qualification players.
The North Macedonian national team has two matches left. Moreover, after the game in Yerevan, the Macedonians will receive the Icelanders who have actually lost their tournament motivation at home.
North Macedonia is currently ranked 3rd in the group with 12 points in 8 matches. At the same time, the lag from the coveted second place is only one point.
North Macedonia failed the last round. The Germans smashed the Balkans 4-0, repaying their spring sensational defeat.
North Macedonia played with Armenians quite often. Moreover, in these fights, the rivals beat each other four times.
For the Armenians, this meeting is actually the last chance to compete for the second place.
North Macedonia needs to win exclusively in order to maintain its chances for second place.
In the battle of equal rivals, the factor of one's own field often plays an almost decisive role. Prediction and bet - Armenia wins with odds 2.85.
Team Malta in this qualifying cycle can only count on not the last place in the group. Now she is the fifth, but the sixth Cyprus is ahead only in additional indicators.
The Crusaders in the current cycle managed to get hold of only five points, beating 3-0 and playing a 2-2 draw with the Cypriots, as well as scheduling the world away with the Slovak national team 2-2.
They lost the other five meetings. Moreover, in four of these cases, they left the field without a goal scored. Last month, the islanders lost 0-4 at home to the Slovenes and shared the points with Cyprus.
On its own territory, Malta in the current qualifying cycle won one meeting and twice suffered a fiasco.
The Croatian national team is fighting with Russia for the first line in the group. Two rounds before the end of the cycle, Malta comes second, but the Russians are only two points behind.
The Checkers won five games in the current qualification, drew two times and lost once. Last month, they defeated Cyprus 3-0 away and played 2-2 at home with Slovakia, which cost the Croats the lead.
Outside their home walls, the Checkers ones in this competition had four fights, in which they lost and drew once, and also won twice. And they conceded only one goal away.
Between themselves, these teams held nine meetings, eight of which were won by the Croats in one world outcome. In the first round of this tournament, Croatia won 3-0.
The Croatians are superior to the Maltese in all respects, and will surely beat the outsider big. My bet in this confrontation on Croatia with a handicap (-2.5).
Six rounds before the end of the qualifying campaign, the Ecuadorian national team, with 17 points scored, holds the third position, giving a direct ticket to Qatar, but the others are not far behind.
The Tricolors won five victories over the entire tournament distance, the same number of times they left the field defeated and played a draw twice, managed to score 20 goals, conceded 13 goals.
In the last five qualifying matches, the Ecuadorians were able to get only one victory, beating Bolivia 3-0 at home. Even during this period, they painted the world two times and conceded. One of these fiasco in this period was from the upcoming enemy at a party - 1-2.
It is worth noting that Ecuador scored most of the points at home (13 out of 17). He won four matches with one draw and one failure.
With seven points scored, the Venezuelan national team is at the very bottom of the standings, and has only theoretical chances to make it to the final of the 2022 World Cup.
The Venezuelans won only two victories in 12 qualifying matches, drew once and suffered nine defeats, scored only eight goals, conceded 22.
In the segment of the last six games of the qualifying campaign, the Venezuelans were able to get one win, beating just at home their upcoming opponent 2-1, and also suffered five setbacks.
Outside the home walls in this tournament, the Venezuelan national team did not score a single point, losing all six games with a total score of 2:13.
In the last six head-to-head meetings of these teams, the Ecuadorians have won twice, one Victoria belongs to the Venezuelans and they have drawn three times.
Bet on Ecuador - Venezuela
At their home stadium, the Ecuadorians are obliged to outplay an opponent who only lost away in this company. In general, we expect confident victories of the hosts in this game and bet on them with a handicap of -1.5.
Lille vs. Angers
Lille are the reigning champion of France and after 12 rounds are in a modest 12th place, gaining 15 points, eight points behind the Champions League zone.
In the last round of the championship, the Dogs lost away to PSG with a score of 1-2, thereby extending their losing streak to three meetings, having played only once in a draw during this time.
Before that, they won three bouts in a row. The day before, Lille beat Sevilla 2-1 away in the Champions League, where they continue to fight for the playoffs.
In his arena in the current championship, he does not lose in four consecutive meetings - three wins and a draw, scoring two goals in each winning match.
Angers before this round takes eighth place in the standings of the French championship. The team has two points more than Lille.
On the game day, the black-and-whites suffered a 1-2 home defeat to Nice, scoring first. By the way, they have conceded two goals in the last four games. The team does not win in the last three matches, and out of the last eight matches in Ligue 1 won only one with four draws and three defeats.
On a foreign field, Angers have not won five matches in a row and have won only one victory in ten previous matches outside their home walls. Lille have won four of their previous five matches against Angers in one fiasco. They exchanged 2-1 away victories last season.
Since the Dogs in the middle of the week gave a lot of energy in the Champions League match, this time they will be able to lose points in the game with their neighbor in the tournament.
My prediction and bet - guests won't lose/ X2
Athletic Bilbao vs. Cadiz
Athletic is performing as usual this season. The team from Bilbao lives in the equator of the standings. Examples.
At the same time, the Basques traditionally have strong rears. In 11 matches, Athletic have conceded only 7 goals: the same as one of the league leaders Sevilla.
In the last round, Athletic got hold of a point in the Basque derby. On the road from Real Sociedad, the team scored the world 1-1.
Against Cadiz, the team from Bilbao play with varying degrees of success. Of the last five face-to-face meetings, Athletic won three times with two defeats.
This team is destined for the difficult role of a fighter for survival. 18th place at the moment - this is the harsh reality of Cadiz.
Moreover, in 12 games played, the team scored only 9 points. But the gap from the saving 17th position is minimal, which gives a certain positive.
In his last match, Cadiz could not win at home. Mallorca put up resistance to the hosts - a 1-1 draw.
Moreover, in that meeting, Cadiz bounced back only in stoppage time. The ball was scored by the experienced Alvaro Negredo, who converted the penalty.
Athletic looks stronger than his opponent in all respects.
The guests are in the departure area, besides, they have not won for a month and a half.
The Basques intend to compete for the European competition zone, so they should not lose points in home matches with outsiders.
My prediction and bet - Victory of Athletics in the 1st half with odds of 2.03.
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Verona vs. Empoli
Verona in the current season performs in a manner familiar to herself. The Verona residents are in 10th place, which confirms their long-standing status as the middle peasant in Serie A.
In the last round, Verona pleased with the game and the result. On the road, Igor Tudor's team took points from Napoli 1-1.
Moreover, before that, Verona beat Juventus 2-1. Of the leaders of the Italian championship, only Milan have coped with the Tudor team.
This season, Giovanni Simeone stands out as part of the Verona squad. He has 9 accurate shots and is only behind Lazio's Ciro Immobile in the goal-scoring race.
The newcomer to the elite division quickly got used to the new realities. Now the team is in 11th place in the standings.
However, with the defense of Empoli, not everything is so positive. 23 goals conceded in 12 matches, and the problem has not yet been resolved.
By the way, in the last round the team missed the victory over Genoa 2-2. Such loss of points does not add to the psychology of the players.
Empoli's leading forward Andrea Pinamonti is not happy with his striking successes. He has only 4 goals scored.
Both teams have problems defensively.
My prediction and bet - Total over 3.5 with odds of 2.54.