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World Cup 2014 qualifiers: Tweet-size previews of every game

by Paddy Power Admin | October 10, 2012
Robin Van Persie

VAN THE MAN: Andorra will struggle big time to keep Robin scoreless (pic: Getty)

By Lee Dover and Sean Goff | World Cup betting

Group A

Serbia v Belgium (7.30pm)

Belgium are 17/10 to leap-frog Serbia when they play the Group A leaders, though the hosts are a tasty bet at 6/4 for the win.

Macedonia v Croatia (7.30pm)

Macedonia are priced at 7/2 to record their first win of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in a home tie against a formidable Croatia team.

Wales v Scotland (7.45pm)

It’s all about bragging rights in Wales v Scotland, with Steven Fletcher (6/1 anytime) and Gareth Bale (23/10 anytime) hungry for goals.

Group B

Czech Republic v Malta (5.00pm)

Czech Republic are a slim 1/20 to avoid being totally humiliated and beat Malta to record their first victory in Group B.

Armenia v Italy (5.00pm)

Italy are 1/3 to beat Armenia, with over 2.5 goals in the tie a good call as the Azzurri aim to send a loud message to their Group B rivals.

Bulgaria v Denmark (7.00pm)

Bulgaria can continue their unbeaten streak in Group B, though Nicklas Bendtner (11/2 first goalscorer) could help power Denmark to victory.

Group C

Faroe Islands v Sweden (5pm)

Should be a penalty kick for the visitors especially if star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leading the line. Ireland face the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

Kazakhstan v Austria (5pm)

Two late goals saw the Irish grab three lucky points against Kazakhstan.  At 8/11 the Austrians will be happy to do the same and claim the three points.

Ireland v Germany (7.45pm)

Ireland have never lost to Germany on home soil (0-0, 5-2 in 1939) but there’s always a first time.  The home side are 11/2 to win and that tells its own story.

Group D

Turkey v Romania (6.30pm)

A huge 4/1 is placed on Romania to continue their 100 per cent record in Group D, though Turkey (4/6 for victory) will have other ideas.

Estonia v Hungary (7.30pm)

Estonia are still chasing their first points in Group D, while Hungary are 6/5 to take victory and keep up with the group leaders.

Holland v Andorra (7.30pm)

Odds-on favourites Holland should have little problem getting past Andorra, with over 5.5 goals at 10/11 a good shout for value in this tie.

Group E

Albania v Iceland (6.00pm)

To the victor go the spoils, as a win for either Albania (13/10) or Iceland (2/1) in this tie could see them top Group E over the weekend.

Switzerland v Norway (7.30pm)

Switzerland are the only team in Group E holding on to a 100 per cent record, and are 8/11 to continue their winning streak against Norway.

Slovenia v Cyprus (7.45pm)

Slovenia have lost their opening two games to Switzerland (h) and Norway (a) and desperately need all three points against poor travelers Cyprus.

Group F

Russia v Portugal (4.00pm)

Two European heavyweights clash when Russia host Portugal, with Cristiano Ronaldo 16/5 to nab the first goal and finally regain his smile.

Luxembourg v Israel (8.00pm)

Bar Russia and Portugal, no other team in Group F have won a game yet. A draw at 5/1 between Luxembourg and Israel is a good shout then.

Group G

Liechtenstein v Lithuania (6.30pm)

Lithuania’s Tomas Danilevicius wore his lucky Paddy Power pants and got a hat-trick for Juve Stabia at the weekend.  Liechtenstein better hope they’re in the wash.

Slovakia v Latvia (7.15pm)

Marek Sapara scrambled a 1-1 draw for the home side against Lithuania the last time but they’ll need everyone on board to justify their 4/11 price tag against Latvia.

Greece v Bosnia (7.45pm)

Greece is in ruin, but the national side is on fire. They are evens to maintain their 100 per cent start by beating Group G leaders Bosnia.

Group H

Moldova v Ukraine (7pm)

The visitors will be one for any  ‘acca’ builder at 3/10 against another minnow of world footie.

England v San Marino (8pm)

If England don’t win this comfortably (4/6 on the handicap  at+5) expect #bunchoftwats to go into overdrive against the lowest ranked side in world football.

Group I

Finland v Georgia (4.30pm)

Finland are 10/11 to record their first win in Group I against Georgia, with a -1.0 handicap for the home team (5/2) offering more value.

Belarus v Spain (7.00pm)

Spain to beat Belarus offers little return (1/8), so search for more value in the European giants to score four or more goals at 23/10.

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