World Cup Qualification Europe - Best Matches To Bet On

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 9:17 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 9:17 PM UTC

European club soccer pauses this week for the international break, a slew of World Cup qualification fixtures for soccer bettors to spot. We rundown the best of the lot in this column with soccer picks.

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Sunday’s round of international fixtures serves up several interesting morsels on the soccer odds board, including Slovakia’s tough opener with Sam Allardyce’s Three Lions in Group F and Czech Republic’s date with Northern Ireland, marking Group C action.


Denmark vs. Armenia
Denmark missed out on Euro 2016 after succumbing to a loss to Sweden in the playoffs. They’ll be keen to get their campaign off the ground in fine style in what is, arguably, a winnable matchup against group E minnows, Armenia. In Euro 2016 qualification the Danes underestimated Armenia to a certain extent. While they won their home fixture 2-1 they succumbed to a scoreless draw in Yerevan, a year ago. Denmark has home advantage and enter as the correct favorites to win in 90 minutes at -225 soccer odds or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook. However, both teams come into this game on good scoring form – Armenia shipped 11 goals in their last two friendlies while Denmark shipped six goals in their last two fixtures. A wager on both teams to score might be the value play.

Free Soccer Picks: Denmark to win -225 and both teams to score +333
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

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Kazakhstan vs. Poland
Polska are coming off a solid European campaign, looking to pick up from where they left off as they get their World Cup campaign underway against lightweights Kazhakhstan. Given the star-studded cast, spearheaded by one of the best footballers in the current game Robert Lewandowski, it’s highly probable Poland will not only win but win big.

Free Soccer Picks: Poland to win -201 & Over 2.5 +120
Best Line Offered: at SportsInteraction

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Slovakia vs. England
A new era for the Three Lions begins with newly-minted manager Sam Allardyce. This will be a pivotal first test for England against a side that is no slouch. Slovakia are coming off a respectable account in Euro 2016, which includes holding the Three Lions to a scoreless draw in Euro 2016 group play. In spite of the positive results this summer, the Slovaks enter this game at the decided disadvantage. You’ll find them priced at +300 to win in 90 minutes at various sports betting outlets. England are deemed the favourites, albeit at EVEN money or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook. To all intents and purposes, perception guides this market outlook where England are perpetually overestimated.

Granted England have the star-studded cast with an embarrassment of riches on the bench for Sam Allardyce to choose from, but they haven’t delivered to expectations. Slovakia boasts a handful of big name players, of which Hamsik is the most recognisable but what they lack in star power they more than make up for it with heart. An intangible this market outlook doesn’t put any stock in.

Another aspect that isn’t given its due is home advantage, which is a tangible that looks to be ignored entirely. Slovakia boast a stellar record at home: 10 wins three draws and one loss in their last 14 games, a run of form that includes a 2-1 win over Spain in Euro qualifying, and 3-2 win over Switzerland and 3-1 win over Iceland in friendly action. It might be a bit rash to write off the Slovaks in what is England’s first competitive game debuting their new look under Sam Allardyce.

Free Soccer Picks: Slovakia +319 to win or draw (double chance betting) at -120
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Czech Republic vs. Northern Ireland
The Czech Republic take on Northern Ireland in round one of World Cup qualifying, marking group C action. Northern Ireland are coming off a respectable European campaign in which they beat Ukraine 2-0 before succumbing to 1-0 defeats to both Poland and Germany in group play. Nevertheless, they clinched one of the coveted fourth place spots and advanced into the knockouts where they gave Wales a run for its money in a 1-0 loss. Some would have it they were unfortunate. Same could be said of the Czechs, who opened with an unlucky 1-0 defeat to Spain in France, followed by a commendable 2-2 draw to Croatia and a disappointing 2-0 loss to dangerous floaters Turkey. There’s a lot to like about both teams, making the victory a bit of a tossup. The Czechs have home advantage but can be unpredictable at times so we’re passing on their match odds. Best bet is the Under 2.5 goals, which is trading around -175

Free Soccer Picks: Under 2.5 at -132
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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Norway vs. Germany
In no uncertain terms Die Mannschaft are massive favourites to win their opener with Norway in group C. Joachim Low’s side have form, coming into the first round of World Cup qualification behind a solid Euro 2016 campaign in which they reached the semis (l. to hosts France 2-0.) Of course, they’d have preferred to win it all and back up their World Cup title with an ensuing European title.  Oh la. Back to the drawing board and the start of another qualifying campaign. A tradition of excellence has the Germans trading as the road favourites and temptingly so at -200, which is worth the tickle. Another bet that strikes an attractive pose is the OVER 2.5 goals at -120.

Free Soccer Picks: Germany -200 to win & Over 2.5 -120
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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