World Cup qualifier accumulator: Seven bets to make a profit


This week sees the final European group games of a World Cup qualifying campaign that started over a year ago.

Italy and the Netherlands have already sealed their places at Brazil 2014, with Germany and Belgium hot on their heels, but which way will the other vital games go?

The likes of Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Russia, Bosnia and, indeed, England still have much to fight for - here's our seven-fold World Cup qualifier accumulator.

 

Denmark to finish second in Group B (3.00)

Another group where the already qualified team could throw up a surprise. Italy may put out a weakened team against Denmark, increasing their odds of getting a win. It's a win they will need to get ahead of Bulgaria, who face Armenia and then a tricky away game at Czech Republic. Six points should get Denmark through, and it's far from impossible. 

 

Sweden to finish second in Group C (1.15)

Sweden have a three point advantage on Austria in the race for second place - and the two sides meet in Stockholm on Friday. A draw should see Sweden through, but expect them to win and ensure their final game against Germany is purely an exhibition.

 

Romania to finish second in Group D (1.50)

This depends on the team that the Netherlands, who have already qualified, put out against Romania's rivals Hungary and Turkey. Romania sit fourth in Group D but will leapfrog into second place if they take maximum points against Andorra and Estonia, the two bottom-placed sides in the Group. If Netherlands take at least a draw off Hungary and Turkey then Romania will steam in and sneak second.

 

Iceland to finish second in Group E (2.20)

Group E will be wrapped up by Switzerland, but it's worth backing Iceland to pip Slovenia and Norway to second place. The Icelanders play Cyprus and then face Norway, who themselves have to beat Slovenia on Friday. It could go one of three ways but Iceland have the slightly easier games and should sneak into second.

 

Russia to qualify as Group F winners (1.20)

Russia will be desperate to qualify for the last World Cup before they host in 2018 and they are on course to do so, perhaps surprisngly ahead of Portugal. Russia are only a point clear of Portugal but have easy trips to Luxembourg and Azerbaijan to negotiate. Portugal also play Liechenstein after hosting Slovakia on Friday.

 

Bosnia to qualify as Group G winners (1.45)

Everything points towards Bosnia qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in their history. With Edin Dzeko spearheading their attack, Bosnia will come through their home match against bottom-of-the-group Liechenstein and will seal their place with a tricky but very winnable game in Lithuania, a side Bosnia beat 3-0 in the reverse fixture a year ago.

 

England to qualify as Group H winners (1.40)

The Three Lions may be getting the jitters as their vital matches against Montenegro and Poland approach, but there is much for England to be positive about. Both games are at home and Ukraine, England's main rivals for the top berth, also have to play the dangerous Poland. There may be drama along the way, but England should see it through.


 

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