Yet another international break is almost over and we can all get back to our lives. But first there are one set of games left to decide who goes to France and who gets left behind. Ireland v Poland and Wales v Bosnia are the two biggest games, but you can’t just have two teams in an acca so here are a couple of others to keep
Shane Long Ireland and Gareth Bale Wales company.
What a campaign by Wales and mainly Gareth Bale. A win sees them finish top of the group , but Bosnia need a win to give them hope that they can nick third place from Israel. Bale is back in for Wales which means that if you back anyone else to score first you’re still drunk from Ireland’s win on Thursday. Edin Dzeko is injured and won’t be playing which makes Wales’s job a hell of a lot easier. Wales don’t tend to score many, but they don’t concede many either. A 1-0 and Bale goal is a delicious 45/1.
Croatia will batter Bulgaria. Croatia need to win to get second place and with Norway taking on Italy it seems they should take second spot. Bulgaria can’t take third place and have nothing to play for. Croatia won the first tie 1-0 away and they should be able to rack up a few goals at home. Ivan Rakitic has a habit of scoring goals in the big games (see the Champions League Final). A 3-0 win with the Barca midfielder is at 40/1.
Turkey have to win this game to get the play-off place ahead of Holland. The Dutch have to play Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic and if they get two wins they have a great chance provided that Turkey lose a game. Turkey have to play the top two sides who have already qualified and it’s a tough, tough task to have.
A 2-1 win was enough for the Czech’s to get the win they needed and if you’re a history following type of punter a 9/1 punt seems nice, but I quite like a scorer in there as well. Bořek Dočkal has four goals in qualifying and is 45/1. A much better punt.
Ireland need to win and Poland only need a point. That’s basically the story. A historic win for Ireland over the Germans for Ireland and a mediocre draw against Scotland for Poland has set up a spine tingling final game to see who gets the coveted second spot. A last minute goal from Ireland’s newest hero Shane Long got the equalizer last time out.
You can expect this one to follow the same sort of pattern as the Germany game with Ireland trying to hold firm for 60 odd minutes and then nicking one on the break, but with Ireland needing a win they may have to actually attack which is simply unheard of. A 1-0 win with Long to provide the only goal of the game is an enticing 60/1.