World Cup Qualifier Tips – 4th & 5th September
Annoyingly, for the third weekend in a row, my first tip for the weekend came in and then I had to sit and watch as the remainder didn’t quite pan out. To say that is a little bit frustrating would be understating things a little!
I was bitterly disappointed West Ham didn’t beat Palace as I felt that was certain and when Chelsea went down to 10-men at Anfield against Liverpool with the score 1-1, I felt my 2-1 to Liverpool correct score tip had a great chance too, but sadly on both counts, the home team let me down.
So while it was just another small loss, I am getting a it frustrated by teams not quite doing the business for me by just a single goal. I have had three or four games like that now, which if they had come in, would have seen well over £300 in profit recouped.
Still, you live and learn and at least this week I won’t be moaning about Premier League teams as we’re back to the World Cup Qualifiers, with a trio of matchdays taking place over the next fortnight or so.
Now, you know my feelings on the international breaks, I am not the biggest fan, but it is an opportunity to start to get back into profit and I’m not going to let that opportunity slip, especially with some intriguing games coming up.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 4th September
France and Ukraine are the favourites to challenge in Group D, but Finland can’t be ruled out of contention for the runners up spot, but it would be a huge surprise if France do not top this group and head to Qatar as World Cup holders and Group winners.
After drawing their opener against the Ukraine in Paris, France have won their last two games and they should be confident of picking something up against the Ukraine who have drawn all three of their games so far in the competition.
This French team does blow hot and cold, as we saw at the European Championships in the summer, but with the quality they have in attack and midfield, it is hard to see them not picking up maximum points here.
Ukraine did beat France the last time they played at home against them, a 2-0 win back in November 2013, but in truth, I feel this Ukraine team has seen better days and I think France will win this game relatively comfortably.
Drawn into a tough group, Slovakia’s hopes of reaching the World Cup means they must get past Croatia, Russia and Slovenia from this group and as such, at best it looks like they can land a play off spot as a runner up with Croatia and Russia expected to battle it out at the top of the table.
A win here over the group leaders would be a huge boost for Slovakia, but this is a team whose better players are now pushing on in years, rather like Croatia, and as yet, the quality of the players coming through to replace them is not yet quite up to the top levels you need to compete at a World Cup.
That said, I think they are playing a Croatia side at the right time. I do feel that their best players are now past their prime and an early season game on the road is a tough ask, but of course, experience in these games can count a great deal.
There’s been some high scoring games between these two teams in the past, a 5-2, 6-1, 7-4, 6-1 and most recently 4-0 and 3-1 wins for Croatia. I am backing the visitors to come away with a win here too.
Qualifier Football Tips: Sunday 5th September
The Czech’s and Belgians played out a hard fought 1-1 draw when the teams met in Prague in March. Lukas Provod gave the home side the lead before Romelu Lukaku pulled Belgium level ten minutes later.
Both teams will want to improve after disappointing showings in the European Championships this past summer and both will know a defeat for them here would certainly bring them under pressure from either Wales or Belarus, who have a game in hand on both teams.
I can’t see anything other than Belgium winning this group and to do that I feel they will likely win all their home games and as such, I am going to back them to get the job done here quite comfortably against a Czech side who are dangerous at set pieces, but who I feel are lacking a bit defensively, especially against the best teams.
I’m feeling good for a correct score bet on this one with Belgium having home advantage and wanting to take a stranglehold on the group and with Romelu Lukaku in form, I feel they should be good for a solid win here.
Italy despatched Switzerland 3-0 in the Group Stage of Euro 2020 and went on to claim the crown at Wembley defeating England on penalties. They will therefore be very confident of getting a good result here from what is a difficult trip to a Switzerland side that is proving very tough for any team to beat.
On home soil, the Swiss are generally very dangerous and have some quality players who can hurt any team. Italy though are on a fantastic run of unbeaten matches and they just seem to have forgotten how to lose a game.
In the past, Italy teams have blown hot and cold at times, but after landing the European Championships this summer, Roberto Mancini’s team should be keen to replicate that success in Qatar and if they continue this form, they will certainly be amongst the favourites.
I can’t see too many goals being scored in this one, but I do think that Italy may just come away with a narrow win, perhaps by the odd goal in three.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.