By Josh Powell | World Cup Qualifiers
Always look on the bright side, football fans. It’s more likely to be a garden centre or a shopping mall rather than a 12-leg accumulator come 3pm this Saturday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of Friday night’s International games.
As is the case with International qualifiers, there are a few odds-on bankers, as some decent European teams face countries who have had to draft in the local milkman at left-back. Luckily there are plenty of markets available to ensure you still get a decent price on your acca.
England to beat Moldova 1/16
England/England Half-time/Full-time 1/4
The Three Lions are red-hot favourites to beat Moldova quite comfortably. Plenty of punters will like a dabble on the handicap, but the half-time/full-time bet is well worth exploring.
- Of the three group games England have won they have been leading at half-time, and in five of their six games they have been ahead at the oranges
- Moldova have conceded 11 goals in the group stages, and the average time it takes before they concede the first goal is just 36 minutes
- 57 per cent of England’s 21 goals have come in the first half
Germany to beat Austria 1/5
Germany to score three or more goals 8/13
Take advantage of Germany’s attacking wealth by backing the goals market in this game rather than the 1/5 on them to win.
- In seven of their last nine games, Germany have scored three or more – the two games they didn’t were friendlies away to France and Holland
- Germany have knocked six goals past Austria in each of the last two games they have played in Berlin
- The Germans have averaged 3.67 goals a game in the group stages and the last time they failed to score at home, was in March 2010 against Argentina
Spain to beat Finland 1/6
Spain to win to nil 8/11
This is a potential banana skin for Spain and although they won’t hammer Finland, they should be good enough to keep a clean sheet against a side that aren’t the highest of scorers.
- Spain have kept four clean sheets in their last five Internationals and haven’t conceded in any of their three away games in the group stages
- Since the start of 2012 Spain have played 27 games and kept 17 clean sheets
- Finland have scored just two goals in three home games in the group stage
Holland to beat Estonia 1/5
Holland/Holland Half-time/Full-time 4/7
The Dutch are flying in Qualifying and this game shouldn’t be any different. They should continue their 100 per cent record against Estonia with little problem.
- Holland have won the last 11 World Cup Qualifiers away from home, and in seven of them they were leading at half-time
- Estonia have scored just three goals in six World Cup Qualifiers, and haven’t found the back of the net before the break
- The Dutch have scored 20 goals in six games in World Cup Qualifying and their first goal has been, on average, after just 15 minutes