Soccer Predictions: European Squads Look To Secure Spot In 2018 World Cup In Russia

Republic of Ireland's Shane Long

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 2:45 PM GMT

World Cup Qualification second matches have the European National squads looking for important points to secure a place in the Russia World Cup 2018. We’ve analyzed all the games that take place this Thursday in order to come up with the four highest value soccer picks for you.

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We'll start by taking a look at the game between Iceland and Finland, and remember before placing your bet, try to find the best odds available in the market. Betting at the highest price is crucial for a long-term profit.

Iceland is no longer a mediocre team and they are currently on the 27th place in the FIFA ranking. On the other hand, Finland is way above them in the 84th place. Both started this qualification stage with a draw. Iceland left Ukraine with one precious point while Finland allowed Kosovo to steal two points from them with a 1-1 draw on their own turf.

It's expectable to see a dominance from the home team, which makes Iceland's price at -150 in Pinnacle a very interesting soccer pick for our bet slip this Thursday.

Free Soccer Pick: Iceland -150
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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The second game that deserves a thorough analysis is also in the Group I with Kosovo hosting Croatia.

When comparing these two teams, Croatia is clearly the better one with quality players such as Perisic and Modric. Even though we don't like lower soccer odds, their price to win this game -178 in Pinnacle, one of the best sportsbooks online, is a very interesting one. Besides this, Croatia's Asian Handicap -1 -100 at Pinnacle is also a great line and probably one of the best bets for this Thursday.

Free Soccer Pick: Croatia -178
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Ireland vs. Georgia promises to be a very interesting match.

Ireland made a very good Euro 2016, losing only to France in a game where they had the lead for the majority of the time, however, Griezmann's talent turned the game around. This is a very competitive team with many of their players competing in the English Premier League.

Georgia is doing better than expected lately with the team always scoring at least one goal in their last six games. We believe that they can do it once more but since we don't want to depend on that, we'll avoid the Both Teams to Score market.

On the other side, Ireland's price is too low for us to back it or to use any kind of handicap. However, it's still possible to find value on a very generous odd provided by Coral - Ireland HT/FT at +140.

Free Soccer Pick: Ireland/Ireland +140
Best Line Offered: at Coral

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The last valuable game is the one between Moldova and Serbia where there is a huge difference between the two teams.

Serbia is a very talented team with their players competing in the top leagues. After a disappointing 2-2 draw at home against Ireland, the team won't miss this opportunity to grab three points against one of the weakest teams in the group.

Serbia's Asian Handicap -1 at -150 is our approach for this game, where the HT/FT market is also an interesting one with Serbia at +115 Coral.

Free Soccer Pick: Serbia/Serbia +115​​​​​​​
Best Line Offered: at Coral

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