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2022 World Cup Qualifying European Predictions > Sep 1st - 8th


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Here are the odds for the first batch of upcoming matches from the European section of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers this international break. Take a look and give us any predictions you have for the games heading our way. :ok

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Norway

They rank the 44th in the world. Most of their players play in Top Five League. For example, Erling Haland, who is the most desire one recently, valued in £117Million. But their average age range is 26.5. They need more practice to get together.

 

Netherlands

Louis Van Gaal has back to Netherlands again. It is the third time for him to take charge of the team. Netherlands won the third prize of FIFA World Cup in 2012 under the management of him. Donny van de Beek recovers from injury. They are full of ambitions now.

 

Verdict:

There is no big gap between Norway and Netherlands. Both of them have a strong squad. Norway have home advantage. And it takes time for Netherlands to adjust themselves after they change their manager. It is predicted that Norway will take points from Netherlands in upcoming game.

 

Prediction: 2-1, 2-2

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Portugal

There are lots of famous players in the team such as Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, Renato Junior Luz Sanches, Bernardo Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva and so on. They have not been defeated in qualification yet, with 6 scoring goals and 3 conceding goals in total.

 

Ireland

They suffer a two-match losing streak in qualification before. It is because they are weak in defensive, with 2 conceding goals in average of qualification this season so far. It is unlikely for them to defeat Portugal.

 

Verdict:

Portugal take the upper hand over Ireland in every aspect. Portugal play well on offensive and Ireland are weak in defensive. It is believed that Portugal are going to take three points from Ireland in upcoming game.

 

Goals in Match: Over 3 goals

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Denmark vs Scotland

After an excellent campaign in the EURO 2020, the home side wants to continue in the same fashion here. They stand very well in the World Cup Quals and top Group F with all three wins so far. Denmark opened the campaign with a 2:0 win in Israel, while they stormed through Austria with a 4:0 victory. Meanwhile, Kasper Hjulmand’s side trashed Moldova by netting eight times in that clash. Kasper Schmeichel and the lads still haven’t conceded in these qualifiers, while their teammates from the final third scored 14 times. This summer, Denmark reached the semi-finals in EURO 2020, failing to an extra-time defeat against England. The hosts are on a good track of securing a place in Qatar 2022 and head to another successful campaign.

Scotland didn’t enjoy its EURO 2020 adventure too much, despite qualifying for the final tournament for the first time since 1996. Although they played twice at Hampden Park, Steve Clarke’s side lost twice at the home ground. They only managed to snatch a point in a goalless draw against England and finished their campaign in the group stage. However, Scotland still hasn’t tasted a defeat in the World Cup Quals. The visitors drew against Austria and Israel while they were confident against the Faroe Islands at home. Scotland will likely fight for 2nd place in Group F as they are already four points behind their upcoming rivals. They can get really close to Denmark, but a very tough challenge is ahead of them.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Denmark was one of the biggest overachievers in EURO 2020, and they should keep up where they left off. We believe the hosts will meet the expectations and deliver a win in this clash.

Goals Market Prediction

Head-to-head clashes between these two sides have been pretty tight so far. Scotland is a very disciplined side, and although they have trouble scoring, they don’t concede too much. Since Denmark kept the clean sheet in all three rounds so far, we don’t expect to see more than two goals in total.

Denmark to Win @ 1.45 

Under 2.5 FT @ 1.75 

Correct score 2:0 @ 6.00

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Denmark vs Scotland

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers are back after the drama of the 2020 European Championship over the summer. Here, we have semi-finalists Denmark hosting an improving Scotland in a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Wednesday night in Group F from the Telia Parken in Copenhagen. Both teams are unbeaten in their qualification campaign so far so this is a chance for both to extend that positive start.

Denmark endured a turbulent summer tournament with their opening game seeing their captain Christian Eriksen suffer a cardiac arrest on the pitch in their 1-0 loss to Finland. The Danes somehow managed to pick themselves up after that traumatic experience to galvanize and progress all the way to the last four before being eliminated against England after extra-time. Head coach Kasper Hjulmand has also led his team to the top of this group with 3 wins from their 3 group games so far scoring 14 goals and not conceding a single goal to date. The team is without a number of players due to covid restrictions and injuries with the likes of Kasper Dolberg, Jannik Vestergaard, and Martin Braithwaite amongst those missing.

Scotland will have been disappointed to fail to make it out of their group at Euro 2020 but head coach Steve Clarke will be pleased with the progress his team are making after qualifying for their first major international tournament since 1998. The Tartan Army have picked up a draw against both Austria at home and Israel away before beating Faroe Islands in their most recent qualifier. It's propelled the Scots to 2nd in the table and a win here would move them to within 1 point of top spot. This is a severely weakened Scotland team though. A combination of covid-related reasons and injuries means the likes of John McGinn, Stephen O'Donnell, Scott McTominay, James Forrest, Stuart Armstrong, and Greg Taylor all miss this triple header.

It's hard to say which way this game will go with two essentially B teams with a smattering of first team players going up against each other. I still find it astonishing that UEFA have scheduled three games to take place during this window. It seems insane. I think Denmark will probably have the better quality in depth to handle the barrage of absentees on both teams so a narrow home win looks the best bet.

Denmark to Win to Nil @ 2.05 with BetVictor

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.77 with SBK

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Portugal vs Republic of Ireland

It's a big game in Group A of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the European section as group leaders Portugal look to extend their lead at the top of the group at home against lowly Republic of Ireland in a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Wednesday night at the Estadio Algarve. This one is done and dusted before we've even kicked a ball right? Or is it not all cut and dry yet?

Portugal were a team I thought would have performed a lot better at the 2020 European Championship but Fernando Santos saw his men exit the tournament at the last 16 stage with a 1-0 loss to Belgium. Cristiano Ronaldo took something away from that tournament by equalling Ali Daei's all-time men's international goal record of 109 goals. He has the opportunity to break that record tonight. The new Manchester United signing is expected to start and lead the line for A Selecao. It's a strong Portuguese side that includes the likes of Ruben Dias, Diogo Jota, and Bruno Fernandes. This is also a Portugal team that has only lost 1 of their last 38 World Cup qualifiers at home.

Republic of Ireland are, quite frankly, in a state of disarray under head coach Stephen Kenny. The Boys in Green have lost both of their opening two group games against Serbia away and, humiliatingly, Luxembourg at home. Those defeats mean that Kenny's solitary victory in 13 games in charge of the national team was a 4-1 friendly win over minnows Andorra. The Irish didn't even manage to keep a clean sheet in that game! No team has ever qualified for a World Cup after losing both of their opening two qualification matches in the European section so it doesn't bode well for Kenny's men. It's even worse that a number of key players are absent from the squad due to covid-related issues and injuries such as Callum Robinson, Alan Browne, James McCarthy, Enda Stevens, and Callum O'Dowda.

It's very tough to see this ending in anything other than a bit of a battering for Republic of Ireland. Portugal are a squad packed with talent and even though they suffered a disappointing European Championship they still look a real menace of a side. I fully expect them to go on and top this group. They should sweep aside a very fragile Irish team along the way.

Portugal HT/FT @ 1.70 with Sporting Index

Portugal -2 @ 2.70 with Betfair

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Despite a number of second string players for both Denmark and Scotland I think there's enough on the game (plus the desire to impress and retain places) to warrant a bet on over 39 bookings points at 11/8 (Uni and skybet).

Romanian ref Ovidiu Hategan has had 40 points or more in 9 of his last 12 Internationals, including 4 reds in last 3.

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Sweden vs Spain

The home side had a solid EURO 2020 campaign, but Ukraine stopped them in the eighth-finals, although Sweden was a slight favorite. They met Spain in the opening match of the tournament and snatched a point in a goalless draw. Janne Andersson’s side finished the group stage without a defeat, but a red card and a late extra-time goal cost them a place among the best eight teams. However, Sweden enjoys an excellent campaign in the World Cup Quals. They won in both their matches, which was expected since the opponents weren’t too attractive. Mikael Lustig and the lads still haven’t conceded in the qualifiers, while they scored four goals in total. Nevertheless, this clash will be their toughest challenge so far, and Sweden wants to continue the streak.

Spain tops Group B with seven points from three matches played. In the opening round, La Furia Roja spilled two points against Greece but bounced back with wins against Georgia and Kosovo*. However, Luis Enrique’s side struggled against Georgia, securing a victory in stoppage time. Spain went to the EURO 2020 semis, where they suffered a defeat against Italy’s current title holders. Although Gerard Moreno and the lads have been pretty efficient, their defense isn’t tight enough. The away side conceded in every match in Group B and kept the clean sheet once on the previous five occasions. Spain aims for the top spot in the group at the end of the campaign, and a victory here would get them closer to their goal.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Sweden defended solidly in their latest clash just three months ago, but Spain will go for a win here. The visitors might repeat the performance like the one against Italy, which would make them firm favorites. We believe Spain will get back from this trip with three points in their pockets.

Goals Market Prediction

Spain’s defense is not so tight, and the hosts have many quality players who can punish any opponent’s mistake in the back. Sweden will also push as they play at the home ground, and we should see goals in both nets here.

Spain to Win @ 1.75 

BTTS Yes @ 1.75 

Correct score 1:2 @ 8.50

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Hungary vs England

The race to top Group I in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the European section could take a big twist on Thursday night when the top two sides in the group go head-to-head as Hungary face England at the Puskas Arena in Budapest in a 7:45pm BST kick-off. Both teams are undefeated in their qualification campaign so far and the winner of this game would move into pole position to qualify automatically for the 2022 World Cup.

Hungary put in a commendable performance at last summer's European Championship in what many saw as a group of death. Head coach Marco Rossi witnessed his team draw group games against France and Germany after losing to Portugal. Group stage elimination was still their fate but the country could be proud of what their team achieved. The team comes into these qualifiers having drawn 3-3 at home to Poland before beating San Marino 3-0 away and Andorra 4-1 away. It's just 1 loss from their last 14 matches but it's also now 4 matches in a row without a win.

England will be keen to build on their historic performance at the European Championship that saw Gareth Southgate's men reach the Final of the tournament only to lose on penalties against Italy. The Three Lions have kicked off their qualification campaign with intent having won all three of their matches so far. The team began their campaign with a 5-0 win over San Marino at home before beating Albania away 2-0. The 2-1 win at home to Poland was their most important win. It's now been 13 games where England haven't been defeated over 90 minutes of play. 10 clean sheets kept during that period of games is proof of the defensive prowess this English side boasts and has been key in the business-like displays they've been churning out.

This will be a very tough game for England. You only need to see how Hungary performed against the big guns of France and Germany at the European Championship on home turf. Even the defeat to Portugal was a score-line that didn't fairly reflect the performances of the game. I think England should still have enough to squeeze out a win but it's going to be very tight.

Hungary +2 @ 1.66 with Sporting Index

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.85 with SBK

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Lithuania vs Northern Ireland

The games are already on the brink of becoming dead rubbers in Group C with Lithuania playing Northern Ireland in this 7:45pm BST kick-off on Thursday night from the LFF Stadium in Vilnius with neither team really looking in a decent position to put up a fight to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Both teams have failed to notch up a win so far and early elimination from qualifying is looking likely.

Lithuania have long been one of the minnows of European football and that trend is continuing here. Head coach Valdas Ivanauskas has seen his team lose 6 games in a row including losing both of their qualification matches in this group so far without even scoring a goal. In fact, Paulius Golubickas has been the only Lithuanian player on the score sheet in the past 6 matches. This remains a relatively inexperienced Lithuanian side with only 5 players boasting more than 25 international caps. Only two players in the squad, midfielder Arvydas Novikovas and striker Fedor Cernych, have scored more than 2 goals for their country.

Northern Ireland will see this as a big opportunity to get their first 3 points of the qualification campaign but head coach Ian Baraclough will have to do it with a number of key absentees from the squad including Stuart Dallas, Jonny Evans, Corry Evans, Liam Boyce, George Saville, and Josh Magennis. The Northern Irish have also failed to hit the back of the net in their qualifiers so far having lost their opening group game 2-0 away to Italy with a spirited display and then drawing 0-0 at home to Bulgaria. If Baraclough's side want to stand any chance of re-igniting their qualification hopes then victory here is a must with an epic home game against Switzerland coming up next week. It's just 1 win from their last 15 matches so that needs to improve.

These two sides have only met twice previously and that was in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers. On those occasions, it was a 2-2 draw in Belfast before Northern Ireland squeaked a 1-0 win out in Lithuania. I feel this game will be an equally nervy affair. Northern Ireland are missing some big names so there's a lot of responsibility on the senior players left and the lads coming in to get the job done. Can they do it? I'm not overly confident. I wouldn't be surprised if they scabbed a narrow away win but I would be equally unsurprised if Lithuania took something from this game.

Northern Ireland to Win @ 2.06 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.66 with Matchbook

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Georgia v Kosovo: 20 points on 50+ booking points at 5/4 and 10 on 60+ at 9/4, both Skybet

Fair at worst based on spreads of 48-50 and those prices have been bought up a few points during the day. Looking at the teams and the ref I think Hills might have drawn the line right at odds on for >45 points and sub 2/1 for >55 rather than going odds against and over 2/1. Hopefully don't have to wait until after half time for a card to be shown (as with the Wrexham game earlier in the week).

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Ukraine vs France

The home side continues its battles in Group D after a solid campaign at EURO 2020. Ukraine reached the quarter-finals, but they didn’t have any chance in a 4:0 defeat against England. They found their way to the top eight teams in the tournament by winning just once in the group stage and eliminating Sweden in the first knockout round. However, the hosts continue these quals with a new name on the bench. Oleksandr Petrakov is Ukraine’s new head coach, replacing Andriy Shevchenko after the continental championship. Andriy Yarmolenko and the lads still haven’t suffered a defeat in these quals, and interestingly, they drew all four times. They already snatched a point against France in these qualifiers, but can they remain undefeated again?

France heads to this clash after a disappointing 1:1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday. Still, the away side still tops Group D, being four points ahead of their upcoming rivals. Didier Deschamps’ side drew twice so far in the campaign, and they should stop spilling points at the home ground. France was a major favorite in EURO 2020, but they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. Although they had a 3:1 lead against Switzerland, they didn’t survive the penalty shootout drama. The visitors go to Kyiv without a couple of important players, and one of them is Kylian Mbappe. French star striker suffered an injury on Wednesday and won’t be able to help his national team in Ukraine.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Neither side shined in the latest round, as both teams picked up a point each in their matches. Ukraine dominated against Kazakhstan but got back home with a 2:2 draw. Although France hasn’t been convincing as well, the visitors are favorites here, and we expect them to win this match.

Goals Market Prediction

France hasn’t been too efficient so far in the campaign, and they scored more than a goal just once in four rounds. Since they will have certain selection troubles, we don’t expect to see too many goals in this one. Therefore, this encounter should remain under a 2.5 margin.

France to Win @ 1.65

Under 2.5 FT @ 1.75 

Correct score 0:1 @ 6.00

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Republic of Ireland vs Azerbaijan

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the European section continue this weekend with Republic of Ireland hosting Azerbaijan in Group A action in a 5pm BST kick-off at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Both teams have failed to pick up a single point so far in this qualification campaign but this will represent their best chances of getting off the mark. Can either team take the victory?

Republic of Ireland looked to be a team that were drifting off into the abyss of football space but the 2-1 loss away to Portugal showed signs that maybe the nation is beginning to turn a corner under head coach Stephen Kenny. The Boys in Green were 1-0 up heading into the dying embers of that game before Cristiano Ronaldo popped up with a typical brace at the death to deny the Irish even a single point. It was a greatly improved performance on previous displays. Kenny is boosted with the news that the duo of Callum Robinson and Alan Browne return for this game from their covid-19 isolation period. The eyebrow-raising decision from Kenny was to bring uncapped Celtic youngster Liam Scales into the squad due to a shortage of defenders. The starlet only joined the Scottish Premiership giants last week from League of Ireland champions Shamrock Rovers.

Azerbaijan suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss away to Luxembourg in the last round of qualification matches. Head coach Gianni De Biasi knows that defeat here will leave his team staring at bottom place in the group even at this early stage in the campaign. Results haven't fairly reflected the Azeri efforts in this campaign with spirited displays against both Portugal away and Serbia at home resulting in narrow one-goal defeats. FK Qarabag qualifying for the Europa Conference League group stages ahead of Aberdeen in comfortable fashion also shows how strong the domestic game is in the country right now. In fact, out of the 8 losses from their last 14 matches, only one of those games has been lost by more than a single goal.

Let's not make any mistake about this. Azerbaijan are going to provide tricky opposition for Republic of Ireland here. The Irish will need to maintain their performance levels from the Portugal game otherwise they could get caught on the hop like they were against Luxembourg. If you're looking for entertainment then you're almost certainly not going to find it here. I wouldn't be surprised to see a narrow 1-0 win for Republic of Ireland.

Draw (Republic of Ireland -1) @ 3.40 with Novibet

Total Goals Scored Under 1.5 @ 2.95 with Unibet

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Cyprus vs Russia

Cyprus is always better at home. However few days ago Cyprus lost away to Malta 0-3! So the momentum is poor, and very few local fans will go to support them today. Actually i expect at least equal number of fans. So, the home advantage is relative anytime Russia plays in Cyprus due to large number of Russian people living here permanently. Looking the squads, Cyprus is lacking experience, although talent is not small. Russia under new coach Carpin- if i spell it correctly- is without any doubt two classes better than Cyprus at any moment. 

Away win. 10/10

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Scotland vs Moldova

The action intensifies in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe this weekend when Scotland look to keep their qualification hopes alive as they host group minnows Moldova in a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Saturday evening from Hampden Park. It was a disappointing night for both teams on Wednesday as both teams suffered 2-0 defeats to Denmark and Austria respectively. Can either side bounce back with a win here?

Scotland know what needs to be done here. Dropped points against Austria, Israel, and Denmark already means they must win these group games against the likes of Moldova and Faroe Islands. Steve Clarke's men looked lost in their underwhelming loss to Denmark in midweek and that result has now put the pressure on the Tartan Army to start picking up wins in the majority of their remaining group games. The Scots are in 4th place in the group but only 2 points behind 2nd placed Israel. However, they face a tough challenge away to Austria in their next group game in midweek. It's now been 4 matches without a win for Scotland and they have only managed to score 1 goal during that time. The pressure is well and truly on.

Moldova have taken their fair share of beatings already in this qualification campaign. Head coach Roberto Bordin has witnessed his team take just 1 point from their 4 group games so far and that was their opening round 1-1 draw at home to Faroe Islands. The proceeding 3 matches resulted in 3 defeats with just 1 goal scored during that period. The low point being the 8-0 loss away to group leaders Denmark. Moldovan football is close to an all-time low for their nation. They are ranked 175th in the world which is just 2 places above their lowest ranking of all-time. A world away from the ranking of 37 that they achieved back in 2008.

Bordin is still early into his reign as Moldova national team coach and results have started to tighten up slightly but this feels like a formality. Scotland must win this game and I fully expect them to. It probably won't be a hammering because this Scotland side under Clarke don't deal in such whirlwind scorelines but I can't see Scotland having too many problems here.

Scotland -2 @ 2.63 with Paddy Power

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 1.77 with SBK

 

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20 minutes ago, delfino said:

Cyprus vs Russia

Cyprus is always better at home. However few days ago Cyprus lost away to Malta 0-3! So the momentum is poor, and very few local fans will go to support them today. Actually i expect at least equal number of fans. So, the home advantage is relative anytime Russia plays in Cyprus due to large number of Russian people living here permanently. Looking the squads, Cyprus is lacking experience, although talent is not small. Russia under new coach Carpin- if i spell it correctly- is without any doubt two classes better than Cyprus at any moment. 

Away win. 10/10

Ok, Karpin is the name of the new Russian coach. A very well known personality both as player and coach. Very cautious approach by Karpin, and really i see a zero goals from Cyprus. 0-2 or similar. 

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Switzerland vs Italy

The hosts booked two wins so far from the same number of matches played, and they look forward to keeping up in the same fashion. Vladimir Petkovic’s side was one of the biggest overachievers in EURO 2020, as they reached the quarter-finals. The Swiss are a tricky team with strong determination that can upset anyone. France felt that on their skin in the EURO 2020 as they dropped a two-goal advantage in the last ten minutes of the game. In the front, Haris Seferovic and the lads are dangerous, while Switzerland is not that easy to beat in defense. If the home side can put another disciplined performance, they might remain undefeated here.

Italy’s unbeatable run is still active, and the current European champions don’t want to stop there. They top Group C being four points ahead of their upcoming rivals. However, Switzerland has two games in hand, and Azzurri seek points on this tricky road. Roberto Mancini’s side heads to this game after picking up a point against Bulgaria at the home ground. Since it was quite an unexpected draw, the visitors want to get back on the winning track. They were better in the EURO 2020 group stage and celebrated a comfortable 3:0 victory against the same opponent. However, this is a new clash, and they should avoid complacency to celebrate an important win.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

It is going to be an exciting clash, and Switzerland is not without a chance of picking up some points. However, we believe Italy can continue its streak and get back home undefeated. We want to go a bit safer here, and therefore, backing Italy at the DNB market.

Goals Market Prediction

Italy was very tight in the back, but they started conceding lately. Azzurri failed to keep their net intact on the previous five occasions, while Switzerland can score against any team. Therefore, we don’t think either side will keep the clean sheet.

Italy AH +0 @ 1.50 

BTTS Yes @ 1.95

Correct score 1:2 @ 9.00

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Belarus vs Wales

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers continue in the European section on Sunday with a number of crucial games. Belarus will take on Wales in a 2pm BST kick-off from the neutral venue of Central Stadium in Kazan. The game was re-arranged for the Russian city after the political situation in Belarus had escalated to a stage where UEFA didn't feel it was fit to host a qualification game. Why they had to move it so far away from Wales rather than move it closer to save on travel during these covid times is mystifying.

Belarus have struggled in this qualification campaign so far but have shown at times that they can be a potential banana skin. Head coach Georgi Kondratiev has seen his team deliver a mixed bag of performances from the convincing opening round 4-2 win at home to Estonia to the 8-0 decimation away to Belgium to the spirited 1-0 loss away to Czech Republic. This current squad lacks experience with only two players, striker Maksim Skavysh and keeper Syarhey Chernik, boasting 20 caps or more. Kondratiev has decided to leave out a number of more experienced faces such as Stanislaw Drahun, Ihar Stasevich, and Syarhey Kislyak in favour of younger blood to try and ignite a new generation of players that have more exposure to international football from a younger age. Belarus are aiming to win back-to-back home World Cup qualifiers for the first time since 2001.

Wales come into this game with a squad that is obliterated by injuries, covid isolations, suspensions, and visa issues. Head coach Robert Page is without 13 players including Kieffer Moore, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Rodon, David Brooks, Neco Williams, Connor Roberts, Tyler Roberts, Harry Wilson, and Ethan Ampadu. Even so, Wales still have a number of quality players that probably make them favourites for this game with the likes of Gareth Bale, Joe Allen, Daniel James, Joe Morrell, and Ben Davies all involved. Wales have won 4 of their last 5 meetings with Belarus but have only managed 6 wins from their last 29 away World Cup qualifiers. I had written us off against Finland in the friendly but the team managed to pull out a dour 0-0 draw. That made it 3 games without scoring.

I am worried about this game. We do have a lot of players missing but Belarus are also lacking experience. There are a sector of our fans that don't feel Page is the man to do the business but I'm still willing to give him a chance. He's learning as he goes and we've still put in some tremendous performances under him. He's really up against it here with the number of players missing so if we can somehow grind out a win then we'd have done well. I'll back Wales to win but I'm not confident at all. I fear another 0-0 bore draw.

Draw (Belarus +1) @ 3.40 with Novibet

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.63 with SBK

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England vs Andorra

The action goes on in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the UEFA section on Sunday when England face Andorra in a 5pm BST kick-off at Wembley Stadium in Group I. These sort of matches are really hard to place bets on because the odds are so short in favour of the favourites that there is very little value to be had across the markets but we'll still give it a go in this one.

England maintained their 100% win record in this qualification group with their dominant 4-0 win away to Hungary last week. The game was marred by acts of racist chanting from the home fans. Fans that are banned from UEFA matches due to their homophobic, sexist, and racist chanting but because this was a FIFA sanctioned match they were allowed back in. Tells you everything you need to know about FIFA's lackadaisical attitude to dealing with prejudice. Anyway, it means the Three Lions are still top of the group and are now 5 points clear of 2nd placed Poland. Gareth Southgate is expected to name a team that boasts a number of changes with the likes of Conor Coady, Jude Bellingham, and Patrick Bamford potentially in line for starts.

Andorra are simply here to make up the numbers. That is by no means trying to be disrespectful but their 2-0 win at home to San Marino last week was their first win in 17 matches. To be fair, the 0-0 draw at home to Gibraltar before the San Marino win means that Andorra have now not conceded a goal in over 181 minutes of football. You do get the feeling that they could be brought back down to earth with a bump here. This is not an international side packed with stars. Their most high-profile name is probably midfielder Marc Vales who plays for Norwegian side Sandefjord.

The last time these two sides met was back in June 2009 at Wembley when England prevailed as 6-0 winners. England have, unsurprisingly, won all four encounters without conceding a goal. England won the only other home meeting 5-0 so they have a track record of winning by big margins. Is it worth backing a handicap as large as -4? It has to be. This England side scores goals for fun and I wouldn't be surprised to see them stick 5 or even 6 on Andorra here.

England -4 @ 1.88 with Betway

Anytime Scorer: Jude Bellingham @ 3.75 with Betfair 

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Ireland vs Serbia

It has been an awful campaign for the hosts, as they are at the bottom of the ladder along Azerbaijan. After three straight defeats, Ireland couldn’t do better than snatching a point against Milli komanda. Stephen Kenny’s side was on the verge of remaining undefeated against Portugal, though, but Cristiano Ronaldo scored deep into the stoppage time. Adam Idah and the lads failed to score in only one game during the campaign, but their leaky defense allowed too many goals. Ireland is very far from challenging the top two spots, as they are nine points behind their upcoming rivals and Portugal. The hosts can only try to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table by the end of these quals.

After a disappointment in the EURO 2020 quals, Serbia kicked off a successful campaign with its new head coach. Dragan Stojkovic’s team picked up ten points from four matches so far, and they only failed to beat Portugal at home. Orlovi are very efficient under their new head coach, as they scored 11 times during these quals. However, they need to tighten their defense, as Predrag Rajkovic and the lads still haven’t kept the clean sheet. Serbia netted eight times on the previous two occasions, and the away side searches for another victory. If they get back home with a win, the visitors will stay on the top of the table. In that case, we’ll see a great battle between Serbia and Portugal, who are leveled at the top spot.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Ireland hasn’t been too convincing lately, unlike their rivals, who showed two pretty good displays in this international window. Although Serbia can perform inconsistently, we believe the visitors might take all three points from this clash.

Goals Market Prediction

Lately, Serbia has been involved in many efficient matches, and all its four games went over a 2.5 margin. Ireland has been decent in the front, and we might see both teams finding the back of the net in this encounter.

Serbia to Win @ 2.15 

BTTS Yes @ 1.95 

Correct score 1:2 @ 9.50

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Netherlands vs Turkey

The home side sits in second place in the group, as they suffered the only defeat in Turkey. Nevertheless, the Netherlands stabilized its form after that loss and picked up ten points from the next four rounds. Louis van Gaal’s side is now only one point behind its upcoming rivals, and a potential victory here could launch them to the top spot. Memphis Depay and the lads have been clinical in front of the oppositions’ net, scoring 16 times in the campaign. Apart from conceding four goals in Turkey, their defense has also been pretty tight. The hosts should go for all three points here if they want to stay in the race for a direct place at World Cup 2022.

Turkey still hasn’t lost in these qualifiers, and they missed the chance to win only twice. After two straight draws against Latvia and Montenegro at home, Senol Gunes’ side celebrated an easy win over Gibraltar. However, the visitors didn’t shine in EURO 2020. They had an ultimately disappointing campaign, as their road ended in the group stage. Nevertheless, Burak Yilmaz and the lads have been pretty productive in these quals, and they scored 15 times. Turkey managed to get back home with wins from both outings, and a victory in this one could keep them firmly on the top spot.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

It is going to be an entertaining clash, which can go either way. However, the Netherlands has been more consistent lately, and we expect the hosts to book a critical victory here.

Goals Market Prediction

Both sides have been very efficient lately. On the other hand, Turkey’s defense has been pretty leaky recently, and they managed to keep the clean sheet only against Gibraltar on the previous five occasions. Therefore, we expect to see another efficient clash with at least three goals in total.

Netherlands to Win @ 1.35 

Over 2.5 FT @ 1.60 

Correct score 3:1 @ 11.00

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Austria vs Scotland

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the UEFA section enter their final batch of matches for this round of the competition. On Tuesday night at 7:45pm BST, we have Austria playing Scotland in Group F at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna. Only 1 point separates these two sides and defeat could leave their qualification hopes in tatters with even a draw severely denting their aspirations.

Austria currently sit in 4th place in the group after suffering a demoralising 5-2 defeat away to Israel in their last group game. Franco Foda's men will be reeling after that loss that leaves them 8 points behind group leaders Denmark and 3 points behind 2nd placed Israel at the midway point in the group. Their recent home form won't strike their fans with much confidence with Das Team having failed to score in their last two home matches. Austria have never lost consecutive World Cup qualifiers and are on a run of 6 games alternating wins and defeats. Marko Arnautovic remains the key man for Austria having been involved in 13 goals, including scoring 9,  in his last 15 international caps.

Scotland come into this game knowing they need at least a point. Steve Clarke's side bounced back from their 2-0 humbling away to group leaders Denmark by pulling off an unconvincing 1-0 win at home against Moldova. It's hardly inspiring stuff for the Tartan Army as they are crawling their way through the group. There is a huge opportunity here though. If Scotland manage to pull off a win then they could move ahead of Israel into 2nd place and leave Austria's qualification hopes in tatters with just 4 group games to play. It helps that Scotland are unbeaten in their last 4 visits to Austria in all competitions. Scotland haven't managed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 9 competitive away games. They also haven't won any of their last 5 away competitive matches.

Even though this is a big game for Scotland it just feels that it's there for Austria to win. Austria will be keen to bounce back from that disappointing Israel loss and they have a big chance against a Scotland team who just look very underwhelming with a number of key absentees at the moment. They don't possess the depth to deal with those missing players and I can see Austria taking full advantage.

Austria to Win @ 1.83 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.72 with SBK

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Republic of Ireland vs Serbia

Time is running out for Republic of Ireland as they face Serbia in their Group A clash in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in the UEFA section at 7:45pm BST on Tuesday night at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. The Irish know anything less than a win will leave their qualification hopes hanging on the brink but they face a visiting side that they have yet to taste victory against in their history.

Republic of Ireland could not have wished for a much worse start to their qualification campaign than they have endured. Not only have they suffered defeats to Serbia and Portugal as expected but they have also experienced the humiliation of drawing at home to Azerbaijan and losing at home to Luxembourg. The draw with Azerbaijan was particularly disappointing because it followed such a positive display away to Portugal in the previous group game. Rumours are now circulating that head coach Stephen Kenny will be relieved of his duties if Republic of Ireland lose this game. It's just 1 win in 15 matches for Kenny as the Ireland gaffer and his team sit in 4th place with a whole 9 points separating them from group leaders Serbia. They are even 5 points behind 3rd placed Luxembourg.

Serbia will be satisfied with their campaign thus far with Dragan Stojkovic's men sitting pretty at the top of the group due to goal difference over Portugal. Although, you could argue that's quite fortuitous given the controversial circumstances in which they obtained the 2-2 draw at home to Portugal earlier in the campaign. Failure to qualify for the 2020 European Championship has seemingly made Serbia even more determined to reach the 2022 World Cup. The team has scored 8 goals in their last 2 international matches. It's also now just 1 defeat in their last 13 matches over 90 minutes showing how they have become a very tough team to beat.

I've always enjoyed seeing Republic of Ireland do well but these are dark days for the nation's football team. It feels that Kenny is a dead man walking and he can preach this "it's all about the 2024 European Championship" narrative but the words begin to lose impact when the fans fail to see any improvement or movement in the right direction. I don't think they'll win this game and I think it'll be another nail in Kenny's coffin.

Serbia to Win @ 2.06 with SBK

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.65 with SBK

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Azerbaijan v Portugal: 14 points on Bernardo Silva to assist a goal at 7/2 with PP

I'm not looking at this market too much any more and I'm quite close to issuing a "shoot on sight" order if anyone sees me going near a bet BUT this just leapt off the screen and has suckered me in. His assist minutes are 24-27 with SPIN, similar to the goal minutes quotes for the Portugal front 3. They're all much shorter than 2/1 to score a goal. Maybe the obvious value is to sell his assist minutes but I'm of the opinion that he shouldn't be 7/2 to assist a goal in a game where the opposition are as big as 28/1 to win the game.

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Poland vs England

The hosts sit in 2nd place, being five points behind their upcoming rivals. Although it will be very tough to take over the top of the table, Poland doesn’t want to give up. They head to this clash after two convincing victories, and both came against weaker rivals – Albania and San Marino. Robert Lewandowski and the lads netted 11 times in those two matches but also failed to keep the clean sheet. Paulo Sousa’s side hasn’t kept its net intact since March this year when they played against Andorra. Actually, it is Poland’s only match where they didn’t concede in the last ten months. The hosts are one point ahead of Albania, and they need to be more disciplined in the back. Poland should tighten its defense and try to remain undefeated in this clash.

On the other hand, England celebrated in all five rounds played so far. Gareth Southgate’s side conceded just once in the campaign, and they keep being tight in the back. The Three Lions recovered from a disappointing defeat in the EURO 2020 finals and booked two straight victories in these qualifiers. England was also very productive in the past two games, as they scored eight goals against Hungary and Andorra. However, the visitors didn’t shine against the minnows in the latest match, as they secured the victory in the last 15 minutes of the game. Nevertheless, they had enough time to rest the leading players for this encounter, which can be the key one for securing the top spot in the group.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Poland has been pretty inconsistent lately, and the main reason behind that is poor defending. England should take advantage of that and secure all three points from this match.

Goals Market Prediction

Although Poland packed 11 goals in the last two games, they will face a tough challenge against England. However, we believe the hosts could find the back of the net at least once in this encounter like they did on the previous 11 occasions.

England to Win @ 1.65

BTTS Yes @ 2.15

Correct score 1:2 @ 8.50

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