European Qualifying Group Seven

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

GROUP SEVEN

Group Seven has seen the confidence rise in the abilities of the Serbians, who are unexpectedly giving the French more than a run for their money. In fact, the Serbs have all but secured their place in next year’s World Cup, while France are probably going to have to rely on a play-off to get to South Africa 2010. This has not been the most thrilling group to watch, as aside from the top two teams, the quality has been a bit substandard, and the fact that points have been taken off each other, including the Faroe Islands getting in on the action highlights that. By far the most interesting aspect has been the battle for the top spot, with France failing to make an impact in the all important previous game between the top two sides. It is all to play for on Saturday, when the group could actually be settled.

World Cup Qualification Europe Group 7

  Country P W D L Diff. Points
1 Serbia 10 7 1 2 14 22
2 France 10 6 3 1 9 21
3 Austria 10 4 2 4 -1 14
4 Lithuania 10 4 0 6 -1 12
5 Rumania 10 3 3 4 -6 12
6 Faroe Islands 10 1 1 8 -15 4
               
  Last Update: 15/10/2009          

Remaining Fixtures
Austria v Lithuania
Serbia v Romania
France v Faroe Islands

October 14th
France v Austria
Romania v Faroe Island
Lithuania v Serbia

SERBIA
Despite not having beaten France themselves, Serbia have still managed to open up a four point lead over their more famous European counterparts, and can seal the group on Saturday. A win would put the equation beyond all doubt, and getting that win against Romania that shouldn’t be too much problem, as the Romanians are nothing like the force they used to be. In fact, Serbia beat them away 3-2 earlier in the year, after being 2-0 ahead at half time. Getting to South Africa 2010, will give the Serbians a chance to show the world how much they have progressed after a disappointing last World Cup, when they lost all three of their group games. They could be at the top more to France undoing themselves, than being the better team, but they have the edge in the group, and that is all that matters at this stage of qualification.
Serbia to win: 4/7 at SkyBet
Draw: 3/1 at Bet365
Romania to win: 23/4 at Expekt

FRANCE
It would be a strange World Cup 2010 without the French in attendance, and that is a possibility after they have had a less than impressive qualifying campaign, and it is the matches which have slipped through their fingers and ended up in draws, which have been their undoing. They didn’t start the campaign well with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Austria, and two subsequent draws against Romania, and one in their most recent game against Serbia has seen the gap between them and Serbia widen. They are the only team to beat Serbia in qualifying, but Serbia’s persistence in grinding out results has kept the French down. They do need to win both games to be within a chance of claiming top spot, but they would need Serbia to not pick up a win. The French have an easy next game, one would think, against the Faroe Islands, but the last meeting between the two teams only ended in a 1-0 win for the French. Should they fail to win that game somehow, it could open the door for Austria to sneak into second place.
France to win: 1/100 at Paddy Power
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Faroe Islands: 100/1 at Coral

AUSTRIA
Had a strange start to their campaign, when they beat the French comfortably, lost to Lithuania and then only tied with the Faroe Islands. They have picked up their qualifying game a little since then though, and if they could have beaten Romania in their last game, then they would really have put the French under pressure. The best scenario which they could hope for, is that the Faroe Islands hold the French to a draw on Saturday, while Austria beat Lithuania. This would close the gap to two points, and make the France v Austria game on Wednesday, a one game shoot out for the runner’s-up spot.
Austria to win: 4/5 at 888Sport
Draw: 11/4 at Coral
Lithuania to win: 18/5 at Expekt

LITHUANIA
Probably won’t be very happy about the fact that they lost to the Faroe Islands, otherwise they would have been in a stronger position than Austria. Anyway, they have lost their last four games in a row now, despite showing a little early promise in the qualifying campaign. They can easily spoil Austria’s already slim hopes of sneaking into the play-off spot, who they have already beaten 2-0, and could potentially end up in a credible third spot.

ROMANIA
Seems to be sliding backwards, and not anywhere near the quality that made them entertaining in World Cups and European Championships. When your top scorer in qualifying only has two goals, then it’s clear where problems lie. They have a good history on international level, but they are not going to South Africa 2010, with only two wins under their qualification belt.

FAROE ISLANDS
Out of all the minnows in European qualifying, the Faroe Islands actually have not been overwhelmed in any of their games. They have held both Serbia and France to low scoring games, and managed to turn over Lithuania for a famous and rare international win. They will probably be fairly happy with their four accumulated points and could get something else in the bag when they face Romania on Wednesday. Their next game against France should be a foregone conclusion in Saint-Denis, as Thierry Henry and co, need a good win.

WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN
France will beat the Faroe Islands on Saturday, but Serbia, who they are chasing for the top spot, will also get a positive result at home against Romania. That will settle the group and mean that all of Wednesday’s games in Group 7 will just be a formality. Serbia will have won the group, with France having secured their runner’s-up place.

TO WIN GROUP SEVEN

Serbia – 1/8 at Bet365
France – 11/2 at Totesport




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