World Cup Qualifiers Soccer Picks of the Day: Sunday, June 11th

Austria soccer player celebrating

Saturday, June 10, 2017 4:51 PM GMT

Much like the previous two nights of World Cup qualifier football, there are some big teams playing (not many), some good games (not many) and a few betting opportunities, I’ll let you make your mind up as to how many of those there are.

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Three games kick off at the first round of ties and one game certainly catches my attention more than most. No, it’s not Finland v Ukraine, where strangely Ukraine are favorites despite being in poor form. Nor is it Moldova v Georgia (a game I’m studiously avoiding). It is, of course, the Ireland v Austria match.

This is a game that Ireland are expected to win. After all, they did win in Austria the first time these two met in this qualifying section. Being the favorite brings with it a different pressure though. Austria is not a good side but they have some half decent players and will be looking at this as a game they can get something from. It won’t be easy but I think they can get a point from this, perhaps even more. I quite like Austria +0.5 in this one at -150 with Bookmaker. The low odds are a bit of a concern but I think there’s just enough value in this one to make it worth a shot.

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Then come the 6, later, games.

Spain's trip to Macedonia is one they should be coming home from with all 3 points. There is, of course, no value in betting on a straight win and this Spain side has been a bit too flighty for me to rely on them bagging plenty of goals. They could. Equally, they might not. I’m staying out of it.

Iceland welcome Croatia and this is an intriguing game. Man for man, Croatia have the better players but there is a spirit about Iceland that’s hard to deny. I won’t be betting on this one though as “spirit” isn’t enough for me to put my money and faith on.

Israel are expected to win at home when Albania come visiting but this is another game I’m staying away from. It’s just too unpredictable and you have to know when to walk away.

Italy v Liechtenstein is a game I’ll be betting on. This should be a very one-sided game with a very one-sided score. I’m on over 5 goals and I think Italy could get more than that number. I can see 6 or 7 goals being notched as the Juventus players wipe away their Champions League disappointment. 

Kosovo v Turkey isn’t a game I’m betting on but if the odds for Turkey/Turkey in the Half Time/Full Time market get up above -140 I will be getting onboard.

Finally, we have Serbia v Wales. The market on this one surprises me a bit. Wales are obviously going to be without Bale but I still think they’re better than the soccer odds suggest. I’m not crazy enough to go for a straight Welsh win but I am giving them a tiny advantage with Wales +0.5 at +119.

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