Soccer Betting: Europe's Best Value Plays In This Week's World Cup Qualifiers

Martin Green

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:56 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 6, 2017 2:56 PM UTC

Some of the world’s best soccer players will be in action on Saturday, June 10, which sees nine World Cup qualifiers take place. There is plenty of value to be had and here we run through some of the most interesting games from a betting perspective.

Germany v San Marino

This is the biggest mismatch in world soccer. Germany is the world champion after beating Argentina in the final of the last World Cup, held in Brazil in 2014. Its team features the likes of Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Muller. Combined they would cost more than a billion dollars in the transfer market. Kroos has just won the Champions League for Real Madrid. They are top of their qualifying group with five wins out of five and certain to be one of the best teams in Russia. They are the outright favourites to win the tournament, ahead of Brazil, France and Spain. San Marino is a tiny dot in the middle of Italy, a nation of 30,000 people. The soccer team is full of part-time players, teachers and policemen that put on a pair of boots every now and then. They are ranked 204th in the world. They have lost all five qualifiers so far. While Germany have scored 20 and conceded one, San Marino have scored one and conceded 23. They played in San Marino in October and Germany won 8-0. Expect a similar margin here. Germany is -10000. San Marino is +15000. Germany -7 in the handicaps is -105 with Bet365 and that actually looks a really good bet as Germany should annihilate San Marino.

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Scotland v England

This promises to be a tense game between fierce neighbouring countries, and passions will be running high. But the gulf in class between these two was exposed when England beat Scotland 3-0 at Wembley in November, and Gareth Southgate’s team is now top of the group and six points clear of the Scottish. England should win this and the odds are attractive: -137 with William Hill. To get more value, England to win and under 3.5 goals looks good at +105 with BetVictor, as England have not played a game that saw more than three goals since qualifying began.

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Poland v Romania

Poland are enjoying a similar level of dominance in Group E, where – like England – they are top with four wins and a draw from five games. Lewandowski has been scoring for fun, and they beat Romania 3-0 in Bucharest back in November. Lewandowski scored two of them, and home fans grew so upset that one threw a flare at his head, causing the Bayern Munich striker to require treatment. He will be desperate to put in another strong showing against the Romanians in front of his home fans here, and looks a great bet at -109 with 888 Sport to score at any time. Romania have won just once in their last six games, and Poland should win this comfortably. The -162 on offer at Bet365 looks attractive, as Poland and England would make a great double.

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Norway v Czech Republic

Norway is the favourite to win this one, which is strange as the Norwegians have lost five of their last six games. The only game they didn’t lose was against San Marino, and we have already documented how bad that team is. Czech Republic are in better form and have won three and drawn two of their last five, and they are five points ahead of Norway in the group. They beat Norway 2-1 at home in November, and will be confident about their chances of getting a result in this game. Czech Republic draw no bet is +105 at BetVictor and that looks a good bet. 

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