European Qualifying Group Six

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

GROUP SIX

Despite the dominance of England, this has been a group which has been hotly contested. The race between Croatia and Ukraine has been extremely interesting, as well as the chase both of them have been trying to initiate on England. It has all boiled down now to a chase for second place though for them, as England have brushed all challenges aside so far. There is still a lot to play for though, and some very interesting games to come. The most notable one is one Saturday, when group leaders England head over to the often hostile arena of the Ukraine.

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World Cup Qualification Europe Group 6

  Country P W D L Diff. Points
1 England 10 9 0 1 28 27
2 Ukraine 10 6 3 1 15 21
3 Croatia 10 6 2 2 6 20
4 Belarus 10 4 1 5 5 13
5 Kazakhstan 10 2 0 8 -18 6
6 Andorra 10 0 0 10 -36 0
               
  Last Update: 15/10/2009          
               

Remaining Matches
October 10th
Belarus v Kazakhstan
Ukraine v England

October 14th
Andorra v Ukraine
England v Belarus
Kazakhstan v Croatia

ENGLAND
Fabio Capello has done a wonderful job of getting England through the qualifying stages. They have done so comfortably, looking excellent at times, and have scored 15 goals in their last three games, including hitting five against Croatia in their last match. The progress of England’s qualifying campaign has certainly made the bookies sit up and take notice, and possibly other nations too. They are around third favourite with many Bookmakers now, to win the tournament in South Africa 2010. Wayne Rooney is of course the mercurial figure leading the offensive line for England. In days past, when Michael Owen was injured, there was a question where the goals may come from. Now Capello could be blessed with the choices he has, from Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Carlton Cole, Gaby Agbonlahor and Theo Walcott. Not to mention Owen himself, who is still on the fringes, and the nuisance figures of Peter Crouch and Emile Heskey. The names might not strike fear into opposition such as Spain and Brazil, but Capello has done something where most previous England managers have failed. He has put together a cohesive unit, and has found how to make Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard look good playing together. With qualifcation assured, the only question left is whether they can maintain the 100% record in getting to South Africa. Capello should believe so, and the players themselves should. Winning is all about keeping momentum going, and that will count for a lot. The other added beenefit is that there is serious competition for places now.
Ukraine to win: 17/10 at Blue Square
Draw: 13/5 at Boylesports
England to win:
13/8 at SkyBet

CROATIA

Suffered a tough 5-1 defeat against England in their last match, despite much bravado talk pre-game from coach Slaven Bilic. That defeat dented their campaign but did not destroy it totally. Both they and nearest challengers for second place, the Ukraine, have easy last games, and both will be expected to pick up maximum points. Croatia have a two point lead over the Ukraine, but have played one game more. For once they may actually be cheering for England, for if the Ukraine manaage a home win against John Terry and co, then it will probably be the end of Croatia’s dream of participating in the World Cup next summer. All Croatia can do on Saturday is sit back and watch to see whether they are still in with a chance come their game away at Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

UKRAINE

Gave England a good run for the money, and made England prove their resilience in the game when the two sides met at Wembley. That was a good test for England, who since have just gone from strength to strength. The Ukraine, with the inclusion of ex-Chelsea player Andrei Shevchenko who is the Ukraine’s top scorer with 5 goals in qualifying, haven’t lost since that defeat to England, and that has put immense pressure upon Croatia, who they have done very well to close the gap on. This is the crucial game for Ukraine’s World Cup 2010 hopes, as it is likely that only a win will help them into second place. They do have the home advantage, but England have been good away from home, emphasised by their 4-1 and 3-1 wins against Croatia and Belarus respectively. One result in which England could draw positives, is that Croatia drew 0-0 in the Ukraine, and England were easily the better team than Croatia. Ukraine will be out to spoil the English party, especially with their World Cup 2010 hopes hanging in the balance.

BELARUS
A middle of the road team in terms of the group they are in. They are easily better than the two teams beneath them, but nowhere near good enough to compete with the top three. That explains why they are where they are in the group. They have had their moments, and have competed well, playing some progressive football. If England win in the Ukraine, then Belarus will be the last thing standing between England and their 100% qualifying record.
Belarus to win: 3/10 at Paddy Power
Draw: 13/5 at Boylesports
Kazakhstan to win: 9/1 at Totesport

KAZAKHSTAN
Have won two qualifying games, and its no surprise who they were against. They did give the Ukraine a hard time when they went their recently. All the Ukraine could manage was a 2-1 win. Croatia will be expected to beat them on Wednesday, in what could be a crucial game for the Croats.

ANDORRA

They only have one game left to register a point. They welcome the Ukraine on Wednesday, in a game which the Ukraine will be needing to win one way or the other. They have conceded 33 goals though, so it’s not likely to happen.

WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN

The runner’s-up sport, pretty much depends on what happens in the Ukraine on Saturday. England are the better team, and have proven so over the course of qualifying. With the new season of the Premier League underway, then players should be fresh, and they have the impetus of maintaining that much spoken of 100% record. England should win on Saturday, whether it is 1-0, or another goal-fest it does not really matter. What Capello will be looking for, will be England not resting on their laurels, or being complacent. They have a good thing going, which they will want to keep going. That will mean that as long as Croatia do not have a major banana-skin moment on Wednesday against Kazakhstan, then they will be in the play-offs. The Ukraine will be left out in the cold.

TO TAKE RUNNER’S-UP SPOT IN GROUP 6
Croatia: 4/7 at SkyBet
Ukraine: 5/4 at SkyBet

ENGLAND TO WIN ALL REMAINING QUALIFYING GAMES
2/1 at SkyBet
 




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