Wales gain support to reach World Cup 2018 after positive qualification opener
There has been big support coming in for Wales after they opened their World Cup 2018 account with a 4-0 home win over Moldova. Granted that was always going to be one of their easier games during qualification for Russia 2018, but there is something more noteworthy about the win, other than the three points collection. Moldova, while among the minnows of UEFA didn’t concede more than two goals in any of their ten Euro 2016 qualifiers. So for the Welsh to go out and thump them 4-0 says a lot about where the Dragons are at the moment.
The win was good enough to see the price on them winning Group D of qualifications trimmed into a price of 2/1 with online betting site Coral, just shy of the 13/8 favouritism that is running on Austria, who opened with a win over Georgia. The Wales, after their big success at Euro 2016 when they reached the semi finals, are looking for even more and they are a side running on high levels of confidence at the moment and could take some stopping. There has been support on them to reach World Cup 2018 and they are a quote of 10/11 To Qualify for the group which also contains Serbia and Ireland.
Scotland also landed a big win in their opening qualification mch as they head out on the road to face Malta. Granted, that was an easy game for them, but the Maltese only shipped more than two goals in just one of their ten qualification matches for Euro 2016, so were certainly not overpowered on a consistent basis. So for Scotland to go there and put five goals past them was a good start for Gordon Strachan’s men. Robert Snodgrass, thanks to his hattrick in the match is now top scorer in World Cup 2018 qualifying from UEFA. Scotland are 7/2 to qualify from Group F and 8/1 to win the group, which also contains England.
England managed to battle their way to a win in what is arguably going to be their toughest group match of World Cup 2018 qualification. A late winner from Adam Lallana gave Sam Allardyce a win in his first game in charge of the national side as they went to Trnava to face group second seeds Slovakia. It wasn’t the greatest of performances from the Three Lions, but points are all that matters in qualification. It sets them up well to have a shot at repeating what they achieved in Euro 2016 qualifying, which was winning all of their matches and they stay on track as 2/9 favourites to Win Group F.
Because of the group draw which they received, Northern Ireland were always going to have a tough time in winning their group. To that it would mean somehow overhauling 1/10 Group C favourites Germany, which doesn’t look likely to happen. But can the Irish, who topped their Euro 2016 qualification group battle it out to second place? Michael O’Neill’s men took a point away at the Czech Republic in a 0-0 draw, the Czech’s being second favourites at 6/5 to secure a top two finish in the group. Ladbrokes are offering a price of 25/1 on all four of the Home Nations to make it the 2018 World Cup, the last time that happens was at Sweden ‘58.
As for the Republic of Ireland, they opened with something of a lucky 2-2 draw away at Serbia. Ireland took an early lead in the match but never looked likely to hold on to that position as they were outplayed by their hosts severely. But the Irish got lucky with a late equaliser to hang on for a point against the Serbians, who played a lot better in this one than they did during their miserable Euro 2016 campaign. Register an account with online betting site Coral and earn a free £20 bet as a welcome bonus from the highly rated bookmaker!