World Cup Qualifying Betting Tips

Next manager oddsBy Mark Rawlinson

The qualifiers for next year’s World Cup reach a critical point for a number of teams over this weekend, with a place at the tournament hanging in the balance for many sides.

The is certainly the case for England who face two tough final matches, with the visit of Poland on Tuesday and first Montenegro.

Republic of Ireland have a very slim chance of snatching the Group C play-off spot but they face Germany on Friday whilst Wales and Northern Ireland are also in action, despite being out of the qualification race.

England v Montenegro

England’s fate rests in their own hands and their qualification to Brazil will be guaranteed if they can beat Montenegro and Poland over the next five days.

They top Group H going into the final set of fixtures and later today play a Montenegro side who had the early shouting power in the group after a great start to qualification. Their pace has dropped off a little but they know a win at Wembley will put them right back in the equation.

England boss Roy Hodgson has no new injury concerns ahead of the game, with Ashley Cole having already been ruled out of the first game with a rib injury.

Hodgson also has a full complement of strikers to choose from, with Wayne Rooney and the in-form Daniel Sturridge expected to be his preferred options up top.

The two sides drew 1-1 in the return fixture back in March but England go into this game as favourites with Paddy Power, amongst others, backing them at 4/11. A number of bookies, including Paddy Power, are providing odds of 4/1 on another draw, whilst Bet 365 offer the best odds on a Montenegro win at 10/1.

The game can be seen live on ITV1 from 8pm.

Germany v Republic of Ireland

Managerless Ireland have to onerous task of taking on a German side who know a win will guarantee their place in Brazil next year.

Ireland are all but out of the running in Group C and would need a miracle to clinch the play-off spot, being six points adrift with only the two games remaining.

Under-21s manager Noel King takes temporary charge of the Ireland squad in Berlin, with the FAI still searching for a replacement for Giovanni Trappatoni.

Germany thrashed Ireland 6-1 in the return fixture at the Aviva Stadium a year ago and they are big favourites to do the double tomorrow, with Paddy Power providing the best odds of 2/11. The best odds on an Ireland win come from Bet Victor at 20/1.

The game is live in Ireland from 7:45pm on RTE.

Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland were ruled out of the qualification race in the last set of fixtures but will be hoping to record their second win of their Group F campaign against Azerbaijan who are still to record a win.

The last meeting between the sides finished 1-1 at Windsor Park but Azerbaijan go into the match as favourites with the bookies, Bet 365 providing the best odds of 7/5. Bet Victor offer the best price on a Northern Irish win at 5/2.

It’s an early kick-off this one, and you can watch it live on Sky Sports 3 from 5pm.

Wales v FYR Macedonia

Wales will be desperate to avoid the Group A wooden spoon and know a win in Cardiff against Macedonia will lift them off the foot of the table.

Aaron Ramsey has been passed fit for the game and will captain his side in the absence of Ashley Williams.

Macedonia won their last meeting 2-1 but with home advantage, Wales are favourites going into this one, with Bet 365 providing the best odds of 7/5. Bet Victor offer the best odds on a Macedonia win at 23/10.

You can watch the game from 7:45pm live on Sky Sports 3.

There are plenty of other World Cup qualifying games taking place across the continent on Friday and you can see the best odds on each game with BritBets by clicking HERE.

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