World Cup qualifying preview – Saturday 2 Sep


Some might find the international fortnight quite boring, although World Cup qualifying Group D looks fascinating.

Serbia are currently top of the section and they have a favourable match on Saturday, with the White Eagles available at 1.13 (1/8) with bet365 to claim three points against a Moldova team who have acquired just two points in qualifying thus far.

The Republic of Ireland have a tougher assignment when they travel to Georgia and Martin O’Neill’s side are as big as 1.70 (7/10) with Unibet to overcome a stern challenge and land a maximum haul.

The boys in green tend to keep things tight and won the reverse fixture by a 1-0 scoreline, with Ladbrokes offering 6.50 (11/2) that the Republic manage to profit with this type of victory again.

Wales and Austria are playing catch-up in this group and a defeat in this game for either team would be a large setback to their hopes of playing at the 2018 World Cup.

The Welsh are 2.20 (6/5) with Sky Bet to get the better of the Austrians, with Gareth Bale among those players in the home squad although the forward hasn’t played a lot for Real Madrid recently.

The visitors will be confident of getting a result and have arguably the better team, with BetVictor going 3.50 (5/2) that we see the visitors silencing most of the Cardiff crowd.

In Group G, Spain and Italy are neck and neck, with the two European giants meeting in Madrid and it’s set to be an intriguing encounter, with the teams having previously played out a 1-1 draw in Turin.

The Spanish are strong favourites at 1.91 (10/11) with bet365 to stamp their authority on the section with a victory, although the Azzurri will have a game plan and they can be backed at 5.00 (4/1) with BetVictor .

The draw is chalked up at 3.10 (11/5) with Ladbrokes and it’s a result which would keep the section open with three games remaining.

Group I looks very open and there are four teams gunning for qualification, with Croatia top on goal difference and they can be backed at 1.04 (1/25) with bet365 to get the better of Kosovo.

Iceland are sitting second and they’re 1.83 (5/6) with bet365 to enjoy a victory in Helsinki against a Finland side who are completely out of the reckoning, while Ukraine’s clash against Turkey looks to be competitive and the draw is trading short at 3.00 (2/1) with Ladbrokes .

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