European teams kicked off World Cup qualifiers amid COVID-19 issues while South America fixtures were called off and most matches in Asia were postponed. Reigning champs France were held to a 1-1 home draw by Ukraine on Wednesday with Presnel Kimpembe deflecting a tame shot into his own net. Spain struggled to create clear-cut chances and were kept to a 1-1 draw by Greece. It’s time for round 2 and of course, it’s time for our top betting picks. Here’s a complete preview, updated soccer odds, and our top betting picks.
Norway vs. Turkey
Saturday, March 27, 2021 – 01:00 PM EDT at Estadio La Rosaleda
Both Norway and Turkey will be looking to build on winning starts on Saturday in Spain. The game will be played on neutral ground due to coronavirus travel restrictions. Turkey stunned the Netherlands by beating them 4-2 with Lille’s prolific marksman Buruk Yilmaz netting an amazing hat-trick showing excellent offensive form but also many defensive issues.
On the other side, with 77% possession, 27 goal attempts, and 13 shots on target (something totally normal) Norway scored just 3 goals against Gibraltar, probably the worst team in the tournament. Believe it or not, Erling Haaland failed to find the back of the net.
Both teams have been tough to play against lately and each are capable of producing big performances having great attacking firepower. Norway are unbeaten in 15 of their last 17 fixtures across all competitions while Turkey have netted at least 2 goals in 4 from their last 5 games.
We expect a goal-fest, one of the most entertaining games of the round, from both ends so goals are on the card. Over 2.5 goals should be an easy winner, but our official pick is both teams to score.
Georgia vs. Spain
Sunday, March 28, 2021 - 12:00 PM EDT at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena
Spain had 78% possession, but the lack of inspiration and last pass struggles made them kick off their campaign with an unconvincing 1-1 draw at home against Greece. They now travel to Georgia to play the second qualifier on Sunday.
On the other side, Georgia failed to find the back of the net in the 1-0 defeat to Sweden. They are winless in their previous 6 international fixtures, but they pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the last 10 years beating Spain 1-0 in a friendly game back in 2016. Don’t be scared, it was just a friendly match!
There’s a long way to go till the end of the World Cup qualifying campaign but Spain can’t afford another negative result because. The Spanish media can’t wait to smash them in case of another bad step, so the players are determined to return to winning ways and do it in style. Let’s face it, there’s no question about the quality difference between the 2 teams.
La Furia Roja have struggled for creativity and goals in recent times so it’s time for them to show their real talent and win their 1st game of the campaign. We expect them to dominate for 90 minutes and win this match by 2+ clear goals.