European Qualifying Group Five

7th October 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions
World Cup Qualification Previews & Predictions

GROUP FIVE

There has not been a lot going on in Group Five of the European qualifying, apart from the fact that Spain have been coasting through the entire process. Bosnia are the only ones who have showed glimpses of quality, and Turkey have fallen below their usual standards. The quality of the group, the fact that they haven’t really come up against much opposition, may be the only thing which has flattered the success of Spain. It is a little hard to judge just how good they are, but one thing for certain is that they have only conceded two goals, scored a hatful and will get the chance to shine against the best in the World come South Africa 2010.

World Cup Qualification Europe Group 5

  Country P W D L Diff. Points
1 Spain 10 10 0 0 23 30
2 Bosnia 10 6 1 3 12 19
3 Turkey 10 4 3 3 3 15
4 Belgium 10 3 1 6 -7 10
5 Estonia 10 2 2 6 -15 8
6 Armenia 10 1 1 8 -18 4
               
  Last Update: 15/10/2009          

Remaing Matches
October 10th
Estonia v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Belgium v Turkey
Armenia v Spain

October 14th
Bosnia-Herzegovina v Spain
Turkey v Armenia
Estonia v Belgium

SPAIN
Ever since their opening 1-0 victory over Bosnia, Spain have not looked back. With the dominance of the Spanish clubs in Europe, there is little surprise that the nation is joint favourite with Brazil to lift the trophy itself. They have already won their group and all they have to do is keep up their 100% record to keep momentum going. They are the only other team, alongside England, who are chasing this record. Holland did it, but they only had 8 qualifying games as opposed to Spain and England’s 10. David Villa is the leading striker for Spain with 7 goals during qualifying, and they have been heavily reliant on his prowess in front of goal. Spain, the winners of Euro 2008 will be looking to break through the barrier of never having won the World Cup, despite 12 appearance. They have always had a reputation of falling short of big match temperament when it comes to crucial tournament games. Their resilience during qualifying, backed with the Euro win, should mean that they really are a threat this time around. The bookies seem to think so.
Armenia to win: 16/1 at Expekt
Draw: 6/1 at Boylesports
Spain to win: 1/6 at SportingBet

BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
Sitting in second place at the moment, and will be looking to cement the runner’s up spot ahead of Turkey. Bosnia have a four point lead over them, and with a victory against Estonia on the weekend, Bosnia can rest easy ahead of their last game. They face Spain on Wednesday and it will be hard to guarantee any points from that. They should be able to negotiate their way past second from bottom Estonia, when they last met in Bosnia, the home side stuffed them with a comprehensive 7-0 victory. That heavy scoring game has meant that they are equal on goals scored with Spain, with a healthy 21 during their campaign. They have Edin Dzeko, the young striker who plays for German outfit Wolfsburg, and is part of the most prolific goal scoring duo in Europe at club level. He has seven goals in qualifying too. This could be their best chance at qualifying for the World Cup for the first time.
Estonia to win: 25/4 at Expekt
Draw: 3/1 at Bet365
Bosnia-Herzegovina to win: 5/11 at Coral

TURKEY
The Turks need a miracle to steal the runner’s-up spot from Bosnia. They will need two wins from their last two games and need to hope that Bosnia do not pick up a win. With Bosnia playing Estonia, that is unlikely. The Turk’s next game is a home fixture against Belgium, who haven’t had a lot to show for themselves during qualifying. Turkey has been a nation which have had a reputation for being very hard to play against, are industrious with a little bit of flair in midfield. That simply has not been showing through their qualifying games, and it is why they are in the predicament they are. The two sides produced a 1-1 tie early in the campaign.
Belgium to win: 5/2 at Bet365
Draw: 27/11 at Expekt
Turkey to win: 11/10 at William Hill

BELGIUM
Are on a five game losing streak, and are completely out of contention. Recently they were on the end of a 5-0 hammering by group leaders Spain, and before that, conceded four against Bosnia. They only have two wins to their name, beating Estonia and Armenia in their opening two fixtures. It has been all downhill since then, and should mean that it will give Turkey the edge over them in Saturday’s fixture. That is a fixture which Turkey needs to win, and Belgium do not seem to have anything which could spoil that party.

ESTONIA
Not surprisingly, their only win in the group has been against the lowly Armenia. They did grab a credible draw against Turkey and another against Estonia, but that has been it for their qualifying campaign.

ARMENIA
They did beat Belgium in their last outing, which added a little credit to their campaign, but it says a lot about the state of Belgium. Their final two games are against Turkey and Spain, so it is unlikely that any more points will be coming their way.

WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN
Probably one of the most clear cut groups. Spain will keep up their hundred percent record against Armenia, while Bosnia get the win they need to secure the runner’s-up position. That means that nothing else in the group will matter, though Turkey should be able to beat Belgium. Wednesday night will likely see Bosnia, full of the joys of  claim a home draw to deprive Spain of their 100% record.



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