World Cup Qualifying Betting Tips

Next manager oddsBy Mark Rawlinson

Tonight is the first set of the double-header of qualifying matches for the 2014 World Cup and all the home nations are in action this evening.

England v Moldova

England pursuit of Poland continues tonight at Wembley as they host Moldova, who currently lie second-bottom of qualifying group H.

Roy Hodgson’s side came out 5-0 winners when the two sides met each other in the return fixture played in Chisinau almost a year ago.

But the side will look very different to the starting eleven that night with Rickie Lambert set to make his competitive debut for England.

He netted as a substitute during the friendly match with Scotland in August and he will be supported by Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott on either wing.

An in-form Daniel Sturridge was forced to pull out of the national side earlier this week due to a thigh injury and has returned to Liverpool for treatment but may be fit to play in Tuesday’s match against Ukraine.

Also missing from the original squad are Kyle Walker, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney who all withdrew this the FIFA Rankings, should pose England very little threat. The best odds on an extremely surprise win for them are being offered at 50/1 with Bet 365, whilst the best odds on an England win are at 1/12 with William Hill.

The game kicks off at 8pm tonight and is live on itv 1.

Macedonia v Wales

Earlier on this evening, Wales continue their qualifying campaign, which has all but been put to bet, against Macedonia, who foot Group A.

Belgium and Croatia could secure their spots in the top two tonight, eliminating the remainder of the group.

The Welsh have not had the best preparations for the fixture as manager Chris Coleman missed the team’s flight from Cardiff after misplacing his passport. Luckily, he’s managed to get a new one and will be on the touchline tonight.

Gareth Bale features for the Welsh tonight following the drawn-out transfer saga which saw him finally put pen to paper at Real Madrid this week.

Despite only picking up one win in the campaign so far, Macedonia are favourites with the bookies with the best odds of 5/4 being offered by Stan James. Bet Victor provide the best value for a Welsh win at 14/5.

That game kicks off at 6pm BST and is live on Sky Sports 3.

Scotland v Belgium

Elsewhere in Group A, Scotland host table-toppers Belgium. With only three games including this one left, there is no way Gordon Strachan’s side can qualify and are playing for pride from here on in.

Belgium will be hungry to book their place in the finals of a major competition, having not done so since the 2002 World Cup.

They are favourites to win this one with Paddy Power providing the best odds of 3/4 whilst the best value on a Scotland win is provided by Bet 365 at 9/2.

That game is live from 8pm on Sky Sports 3.

Republic of Ireland v Sweden

Republic of Ireland still remain very much in contention for snapping up the play-off place in Group C, with tonight’s game being a key fixture if they are to do that.

They are currently level on points with opponents Sweden and Austria who tonight face run-away leaders Germany, so a win tonight would be a big step towards qualification.

Totesport offer the best odds on an Irish win at 9/5 whilst Bet 365 offer the best odds on a Swedish win at 15/8.

This game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 7:45pm.

Northern Ireland v Portugal

Michael O’Neill’s Northern Irish side face a tough challenge tonight as the host Portugal, ranked seventh in the FIFA rankings.

The Ulstermen are all but out of the running for World Cup qualification but did cause a certain surprise in the return fixture, when they held the Portuguese to a 1-1 draw.

As expected, Portugal are big favourites to win this one with Paddy Power providing the best odds of 4/11. Stan James offer the best odds on a Northern Irish win at 11/1.

This game is live from 7:45pm on Sky Sports 4.

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