World Cup qualifiers betting preview 11-13 Nov


We’re into the international break and that means a host of 2018 World Cup qualifiers, including Friday night’s clash between England and Scotland.

It’s always a treat when these teams meet each other, with England coming out on top two years ago when the sides met at Celtic Park and Gareth Southgate will be hoping for a repeat of that 3-1 victory.

The Three Lions are strong favourites at 1.36 with bet365 to win this encounter, with Wembley likely to be a full house for this Home Nations fixture. Southgate will be delighted that he has a host of returning players compared to the squad available for the goalless draw against Slovenia.

Adam Lallana, Harry Kane, Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling are all potential starters and we’re tempted to back England at 2.00 with bet365 to lead this game at half-time and full-time. Another potential angle is getting with the home side to win without conceding and that’s available at the same odds of 2.00 with BetVictor .

Scotland are as big as 10.5 (BetVictor ) to win at Wembley, with Gordon Strachan under pressure after that 3-0 reverse in Slovakia. A point would obviously represent a good outcome and the same bookie have 4.75 that they win although we’re looking for a way to get with the home side.

France meet Sweden on the same evening and the bookies have this down as a likely home win too. Les Bleus can call upon a stellar cast of players, with William Hill going 1.29 about Didier Deschamps’ side beating a Sweden side who are as big as 15.00 to pull off a shock win in Europe.

Austria meet Republic of Ireland on Saturday evening and this could be a match that ends in a draw, with the two teams likely to be challenging Wales and Serbia for top spot in this particular group. The bookies do make Austria strong favourites at 2.00 (bet365 ) although the Irish look capable of getting a positive result and they are 3.30 with Ladbrokes to get the point and 4.00 for the win.

Wales are 2.40 with BetVictor to beat Serbia and Chris Coleman’s side could have the edge in Cardiff should Gareth Bale be in the mood, with Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams ready to play supporting roles.

Serbia are 3.30 to make a major step towards the 2018 World Cup after missing out on Euro 2016 thanks to a disastrous qualifying campaign that all went wrong when they played Albania. However, there are talented players within their ranks.

Spain will be a popular accumulator filler at 1.05 to beat Macedonia, with Italy a similar price to win away to Liechtenstein although you can get a slightly bigger 1.08 that they win that one.

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