World Cup Qualification – European Round-up

7th September 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds, World Cup Previews & Predictions
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Hosts South Africa, with no qualifying to do for the 2010 World Cup, entertained Germany in a friendly on Saturday. The European side ran the match out fairly comfortably in winning 2-0, recapturing a bit of form that had been lacking from their play as of late. It may well have been a good test of South Africa’s standing ahead of the tournament, and now they travel to face the Republic of Ireland in a friendly on Wednesday.

Germany are in a close battle with Russia in Group 4, with three games remaining each. The crunch tie in this group will come on October 10th when the two teams meet in Moscow. For now, the Germans have a routine match against Azerbaijan (who incidentally scored the first goal of their qualifying campaign against Finland on Saturday in a 2-1 defeat). Russia, similarly had an easy job of seeing off Liechtenstein 3-0 on Saturday, and face Wales on Wednesday, who are already out of contention for a World Cup place. The Germans will have been spurred by the performance of Mesut Özil, the youngster who could easily be the next world phenomenon.

Euro 2008 Winners Spain, march onwards with ease towards South Africa, after they bagged five goals against a sorry Belgium. Two David’s, Silva and Villa netted a pair of goal each in the rout, which helped Spain maintain their 100% winning record in the qualifying group. The result could have been even worse for Belgium, who now have only the merest outside chance of taking second place, after a host of further chances went begging from Spain. The Spaniards can clinch qualification with a victory over Estonia on Wednesday, so long as Bosnia-Herzegovina, who look relatively well set in second place after a 2-0 win over Armenia, fails to beat third placed Turkey.

France still find themselves behind Serbia in Group 7, as an own goal from Julien Escudé gave Romania a point. France were the better side on the night, but did not have much time to keep control of the lead which Thierry Henry gave them, as the own goal came just 8 minutes after. A win would have given France a great boost ahead of the crunch group game on Wednesday against Serbia. Serbia now lead the group by a margin of four points, and the French will feel that they have probably squandered their game in hand. A win for Serbia would leave France with a runners-up place, but even that would still need securing ahead of Austria.

Switzerland lead the way in Group Two after a late surge from the Swiss, saw them beat Greece 2-0. That result now leaves the Greeks in second place, three points adrift of Switzerland, but level on points with third placed Latvia. The victory was quite a decisive one for the Swiss, which should guarantee them a place at next year’s World Cup. They are currently on a good run of form, with the result making it their fifth straight qualifying win. The Latvians did themselves a favour in the group, by claiming a 1-0 away win in Israel.

Group One, in which Portugal’s World Cup lifeline is still hanging by a thread, was dominated by a late show from Sweden. The Swedes, through Zlatan Ibrahimović struck in the dying seconds to hand Hungary a cruel defeat. The victory however kept Sweden’s own chances alive, and further compounded the problems of Portugal, who themselves managed to scrape a draw with group leaders Denmark. Group One could still go any way, with Denmark on 17pts, Hungary on 14pts, Sweden on 13pts and Portugal on 10pts. All four teams have just 3 games each remaining.

GROUP ONE outright
Denmark – 1/8 at BetFred
Sweden – 7/1 at Bet365
Portugal – 28/1 at Coral
Hungary – 100/1 at 888Sport

GROUP TWO outright
Greece – 4/1 at Boylesports
Switzerland – 1/3 at Bet365
Lativa – 16/1 at Totesport

GROUP THREE outright
Slovakia – 4/11 at BetFred
Czech Republic – 12/1 at Totesport
N. Ireland – 12/1 at Coral
Poland – 16/1 at Bet365
Slovenia – 20/1 at SkyBet

GROUP FOUR outright
Germany – 1/3 at BlueSquare
Russia – 5/2 at Victor Chandler

GROUP FIVE outright
Spain – 1/200 at BetFred
Bosnia – 28/1 at BoyleSports

GROUP SIX outright
England – 1/80 at PaddyPower
Croatia – 16/1 at Bet365
Ukraine – 66/1 at Totesport

GROUP SEVEN outright
Sebria – 2/5 at BetFred
France – 5/2 at Bet365

GROUP EIGHT outright
Itlay – 1/6 at BetFred
Rep. of Ireland – 5/1 at Victor Chandler
Bulgaria – 40/1 at Totesport

 




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