Can’t believe we are here! Seems like only yesterday that the World Cup was leaving South Africa in the hands of Spain, and the long wait for Brazil 2014 begun. Today marks the final round of European games – and there are some huge ties with big implications for the top nations.
Should England fail to win they could face France, Portugal, Bosnia, Turkey or Greece in the play-offs, something that Roy Hodgson will not want to think about. Most of the top spots are sorted, Holland, Belgium, Italy and a few others are getting ready for the draw in December, so the pressure is off. Some groups, like the England group are wide open, Switzerland could still mathematically finish 2nd, and Portugal could still pip Russia with a big swing of goals should the Russians slip up against Azerbaijan – remember last time it ended 1-0 to Russia!
Some tasty groups are those such as the Bosnian group – both Bosnia and Greece sit joint top with 22 points, Bosnia face Lithuania whilst Greece take on Liechtenstein – goal difference may be irrelevant as Bosnia’s is +23 whilst Greece sit at +6. not sure how it is done (Head to Head or GD)
Here are out 8 tips for the day – don’t forget some games kick off at 6pm, so get you’re bets on early!
- Holland/Switzerland – 4.8/1
- Slovakia/Croatia – 3.6/1
- Belgium/Israel/Bosnia – 1.4/1
- Russia/Austria/Germany – 1.8/1
- Switzerland/Holland/Slovakia/Croatia – 25/1
- Israel/Austria/Belgium/Serbia/Bosnia – 3.1/1
- Italy/France/Montenegro/Germany – 2.6/1
- Greece/P’tugal/Hungary/Denmark/Austria/Ukraine/Spain/Romania/Bosnia/Belgium – 1.5/1
8 Tips – all excellent value, the 10 fold may be a little long winded but all sides are massive favourites, and at 1.5/1 a £50 bet could land you £125 for what are basically bankers (we hope)
Stats will be up shortly – its always worth looking at form and previous results, at this stage you don’t want to pick a stinker who are out already and have little interest!
Will and James