Europe Group 3 – World Cup Qualification

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

Group 3

 

Group 3 has been blown wide open with two of the less fancied countries leading the way. Slovakia occupy the one and only automatic qualifying spot after losing just one of their six fixtures. With five victories, Slovakia have put up an impressive tally of 15 points and have potentially put themselves in a position where a couple more victories would be enough to secure at least a second place finish.

 

Northern Ireland are the surprise package in this group. Not many gave NI much hope of qualifying but with four wins from their opening seven games, they’ve given themselves half-a-chance of qualifying for the finals in South Africa. However, Northern Ireland have played a game more than Poland, Czech Republic and Slovenia, who are all challenging for qualification. Poland have 10 points to their name and a win in their next fixture against Northern Ireland would see them go into second place, above NI.

 

The Czech Republic are five points behind second placed NI and go into their next qualifying game against leaders Slovakia knowing they must attain a positive result, preferably a win. The same can be said for Slovenia although they can give themselves a big boost in confidence with victory over the poorest side in qualification – San Marino.

 

Slovakia hold all the aces heading into the final few games. Northern Ireland have played a game more then the contenders but they’ve still got a very good chance of finishing in second or above providing they finish qualification the stronger of the five sides still in contention. Equally, Czech Republic and Slovenia could do the same but the group will come down to who finishes the latter part of qualifying the stronger.

 

Key Game: 05/09/2009 – Poland V Northern Ireland

 

Group 3 Matches:

12/08/2009 – Slovenia V San Marino
05/09/2009 – Poland V Northern Ireland
05/09/2009 – Slovakia V Czech Republic
09/09/2009 – Northern Ireland V Slovakia
09/09/2009 – Slovenia V Poland
09/09/2009 – Czech Republic V San Marino
10/10/2009 – Czech Republic V Poland
10/10/2009 – Slovakia V Slovenia
14/10/2009 – Poland V Slovakia
14/10/2009 – Czech Republic V Northern Ireland
14/10/2009 – San Marino V Slovenia

World Cup Qualification Europe Group 3

  Country P W D L Diff. Points
1 Slovakia 10 7 1 2 12 22
2 Slovenia 10 6 2 2 14 20
3 Cvech Republic 10 4 4 2 11 16
4 Northern Ireland 10 4 3 3 4 15
5 Poland 10 3 2 5 5 11
6 San Marino 10 0 0 10 -46 0
               
  Last Update: 15/10/2009          



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