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World Cup qualifiers 2021 World Cup Qualifiers highlights

World Cup qualifiers 2021 World Cup Qualifiers highlights
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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 18:00:00 +0000

Free match highlights from the opening night of World Cup Qualifiers, with holders France held by Ukraine and Tomas Soucek starring for Czech Republic

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Jake Pearson has picked out his best bets for the first round of World Cup European qualifiers

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Jake Pearson has picked out his best bets for the first round of World Cup European qualifiers.

Sky Bet odds | Paddy Power | Betfair Sportsbook

The probability of an England clean sheet makes the handicap markets an intriguing play, with the ENGLAND -6 GOAL HANDICAP of particular interest at a price of 8/11 on Sky Bet.

England have averaged over six goals per game in their six meetings with San Marino, conceding only once (a famous early goal in 1993), but the proximity to this summer’s tournament means this has a little more edge to it than a game against a minnow would usually have.

As a result, I think England unsurprisingly hammer the Sammarinese by seven goals or more.

Given the squad quality and motivations involved, along with the opposition at hand, it’s a relief that Southgate’s final team selection is unlikely to affect the likelihood of England surpassing the handicap.

Score prediction: England 9-0 San Marino (Sky Bet odds: 9/1)

Odds correct 1600 GMT (23/03/21)

Scotland and Austria are both looking to qualify for their first World Cup Finals since 1998, and Group F looks to have presented them with a great opportunity of doing so, with Denmark certainly the top seeded team that most nations wanted to be drawn against.

The Scots booked their place at Euro 2020 courtesy of a dramatic penalty shootout win against Serbia in November, but they followed that up with two below par performances against Slovakia and Israel, losing 1-0 on both occasions, leaving them second in their Nations League group.

Austria, on the other hand, lost just once in the Nations League, topping a group consisting of Norway, Romania and Northern Ireland with four wins from six matches.

Franco Foda’s side arrive in Scotland on a six-match unbeaten run, winning five of those, and they will offer stiff opposition for the Tartan Army in this opening World Cup qualifier.

Scotland have been good at Hamden Park under Steve Clarke, unbeaten in their last six on home soil, but the Austrians have been mightily impressive of late, particularly away from home, winning each of their last four fixtures on the road.

This could turn into a cagey affair, but odds against for an AUSTRIA WIN looks too big, particularly when considering the Austrians have been sent off at odds on in each of their last seven matches, including against Romania and Norway, both of whom are ranked higher than Scotland in the FIFA World Rankings.

Score prediction: Scotland 1-2 Austria (Sky Bet odds: 17/2)

Odds correct at 1130 GMT (24/03/21)

What a few days this could be for Roberto Mancini, in the same week the Italy manager is announced as the brand ambassador for Italian sportswear brand Paul & Shark, he could also see his team get their World Cup qualification process off to the perfect start against Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland arrive in Italy in dour form, having finished bottom of their Nations League group without a win in their six matches.

Italy, on the other hand, saw off the Netherlands to claim top spot in their Nations League group, and are now undefeated in their last 20 matches.

The Azzurri are predictably short priced favourites to get the job done in Parma, but Northern Ireland are not a team to give up without a fight, and this fixture may be a little tighter than odds of 1/6 for an Italy win might suggest.

Under 2.5 goals has landed in six of Italy’s last eight matches, and with Mancini’s men heavy favourites to win this fixture, a price of 9/5 for ITALY TO WIN AND UNDER 2.5 GOALS makes plenty of appeal.

Score prediction: Italy 2-0 Northern Ireland (Sky Bet odds: 7/2)

Odds correct at 1130 GMT (24/03/21)

Hungary and Poland face off in a game that really catches the eye; Hungary are unbeaten in their last six, winning four, while Poland have found only Italy and the Netherlands (twice) too good in their last 13 matches.

The Magyarok outperformed all expectations when winning their Nations League group, a group that contained Russia, Serbia and Turkey no less.

England are expected to fill top spot in Group I of the World Cup qualifiers, meaning Hungary will see Poland as their main rivals for the runner-up position, and while that puts plenty on this fixture from the perspective of both teams, we expect Poland to have a little too much for their in-form rivals.

The Poles finished third behind Italy and Netherlands in their Nations League group, losing to both those team in their last two fixtures, but Lewandowski and co were on a five-game unbeaten run prior to those defeats, and this looks a good opportunity for them to bounce back to winning ways.

Despite Hungary’s recent god vein of form, it is still a surprise to see a POLAND WIN priced up at odds-against, particularly when they have arguably the best striker in the world in Robert Lewandowski (who has been given the green light to play in this fixture) among their ranks.

Score prediction: Hungary 1-2 Poland (Sky Bet odds: 17/2)

Odds correct at 1130 GMT (24/03/21)

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– March 24, 2021
World Cup qualifiers 2021 World Cup Qualifiers highlights
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