Europe Group 1 – World Cup Qualification

31st July 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Group 1


Denmark have set the standard in Group 1 after maintain  an unbeaten qualifying record to date. With six games gone, Denmark have notched up five victories and a draw to put themselves in the driving seat in terms of finishing the group on top. Their main competition for that one and only automatic qualifying spot would appear to be Hungary, which does come as a surprise seeing as Portugal are also in the group.


The Portuguese have endured a dreadful qualifying campaign and they now go into their four remaining fixtures knowing they have to win them all if they are to stand any chance of overhauling the seven point deficit and dethroning Denmark at the top. With their current form, that does look unlikely and they may have to settle for second at best. Even that looks uncertain with Portugal four points behind Hungary. Qualification is now out of there hands and they will need others to do them a favour as they bid to get their qualification dreams back on track.


Portugal aren’t the only country battling it out for second spot though. Sweden are also vying for a chance to make the play-off’s and they find themselves level on points with Portugal and also needing other results to go their way. Albania and Malta make up the remainder of the group but with both playing eight games already, they cannot qualify for the World Cup as they cannot make up the point difference.


Group 1 is still wide open and it really would take a brave punter to call how this group will finish. Denmark are the obvious favourites to qualify after enforcing a healthy lead at the top but there are three sides playing a tug-of-war battle for second place. The last few games should be very interesting indeed.


Key Game: 09/09/2009 – Hungary V Portugal


Group 1 Matches:

05/09/2009 – Hungary V Sweden
05/09/2009 – Denmark V Portugal
09/09/2009 – Albania V Denmark
09/09/2009 – Malta V Sweden
09/09/2009 – Hungary V Portugal
10/10/2009 – Portugal V Hungary
10/10/2009 – Denmark V Sweden
14/10/2009 – Sweden V Albania
14/10/2009 – Portugal V Malta
14/10/2009 – Denmark V Hungary

World Cup Qualification Europe Group 1

  Country P W D L Diff. Points
1 Denmark 10 6 3 1 11 21
2 Portugal 10 5 4 1 12 19
3 Sweden 10 5 3 2 8 18
4 Hungary 10 5 1 4 2 16
5 Albania 10 1 4 5 -7 7
6 Malta 10 0 1 9 -26 1
  Last update: 15/10/2009          

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