World Cup Qualifying Tips – Saturday 9th October
Well after very good profit in midweek last week thanks to a big profit in the Champions League and then a small profit in the Europa League, we once again gave the bookmakers a bit of a caning over the weekend too, earning ourselves another very nice £45 profit across the four games.
It could well have been more had Joel Matip not deflected in a Kevin De Bruyne shot that Alisson otherwise had covered, but after racking up well over £120 in profit over the last week alone, I can’t really complain too much.
Unfortunately, my excitement at hitting a rich vein of form has been tempered a little this week due to the fact we have another of the World Cup Qualifying breaks to go with this week.
Last time, we saw some rather unusual results which meant that picking up a profit wasn’t easy and with four teams competing in the Nations League Semi-finals and Finals, France, Spain, Belgium and Italy, it does mean that the fixtures in the qualifiers are watered down still further in terms of quality.
However, if betting has taught me one thing, it is to always ride the hot streak when you are on it, as it can end at any time. So I am approaching this weekend with some positivity as clearly the research I am doing for these tips is working nicely for me at the moment.
Football Betting Tips: Saturday 9th October
These two teams are very much the two also-rans of Group A, but both are building, ostensibly with an eye on finishing the group strongly and perhaps also getting themselves in a better position for the next European Championship qualification campaign and the Euro Nations League.
They drew 1-1 in Dublin, Ireland equalising late on to deny the Azerbaijan team a rare victory, but both teams have some quality players and are probably better than their most recent results suggest.
The Irish were only denied something in Portugal by some late Cristiano Ronaldo brilliance and in truth, they have not had much luck in this qualifying campaign. That said, there is no doubt that this team is not a patch on some of the Irish teams of the past.
As such, I think this could be a tough afternoon for them in Baku and I think that on balance a draw is likely to be the outcome here.
This could well be the game that determines Scotland’s chances of reaching the World Cup in Qatar in December 2022. After a superb win in Austria, Scotland now lead Israel by a point in the group, although both are well behind a superb Denmark side who have maximum points from their games so far.
Therefore a win here would leave Scotland at least four points clear of both Israel and Austria with just a couple more games left to play, leaving them in a strong position to take the runners up spot in the group and an excellent chance of reaching the World Cup play-offs.
However, they face a familiar foe in Israel. The teams have met an incredible six times since October 2018 and Israel have had the better of things. Scotland’s only win in that time coming on penalties in the European Championship playoff final after the teams drew 0-0 at Hampden Park.
Steve Clarke will know that this will be the game that determines Scotland’s fate in the group and that a draw, while not disastrous, would certainly leave the group wide open for that second place spot. As such, I’m going for a big Scottish performance and a 2-1 win here.
This game should not be a matter of whether England will win it, but just a case of by how much and whether Andorra will be able to break their scoring duck against Gareth Southgate’s men. In truth, I’d be very disappointed if they did and a win to nil for England looks and feels right here.
So the question is how many goals will they score. England have not really hammered teams away from home in recent times, especially also rans. Their away wins over Andorra have been by modest 2-0 and 3-0 victories in the past and I think a win around those marks is likely here too.
I can see Gareth Southgate perhaps resting some key men for this game ahead of the game with Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday and that also factors in to my thinking here. He did that against San Marino and Andorra at Wembley and I think even a second-string England should be good enough to land a win here.
I’ll admit, it is a toin coss for me between 2-0 and 3-0 but England have looked dangerous going forward in recent times and I think that I’ll be more positive and go for the 3-0 correct score bet here.
This group has got very interesting of late. Italy looked to have slipped up and when the Swiss drew with Italy, the Swiss could have taken control of the group, but then they went to Belfast and only managed a 0-0 draw with the Irish, which means that they remain six points behind Italy, but with two games in hand.
Northern Ireland have five points so far and a win here could see them close right up on Switzerland in the group. Top spot looks very unlikely and in truth, this is a huge ask for a young Irish team against one of the more consistent teams in Europe in recent years.
I did say something similar before the Swiss drew in Belfast, but I think in Geneva and with their home fans roaring them on, plus the chance to close right up on Italy, means that I think the home side will come away with the win here.
Switzerland are not the best odds to back just to win the game, so I have gone for a correct score here. 0-0 draws have been very popular results between the two, but I think with home advantage, Switzerland should have enough attacking talent at their disposal to pick up a 2-0 win here.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.