Bulgaria to beat Czech Republic at odds of 2.40 with Bet365 is the best bet as the race to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil reaches fever pitch all around the globe.
Mathematically, both Bulgaria and Czech Republic are in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil hunt but, realistically, the Czechs require nothing short of a miracle. To finish second in UEFA’s Group B, the Czech Republic would need to defeat Bulgaria in Bulgaria and see Malta beat Denmark in Denmark. One could offer odds of 201.00 about those two results and only the most one-eyed and stupid Czech Republic fan would take them. The equation for Bulgaria is much more simple. If Bulgaria triumphs over the Czech Republic then Denmark will have to thrash Malta by a big scoreline to take it ahead of the Bulgarians on goal difference. Currently the gap is seven goals in favour of Bulgaria so it will be at least eight if the Bulgarians win their final UEFA Group B game.
One would expect that the Czech Republic will not have its heart in the match and that Bulgaria, that managed a 0-0 away draw in the reverse fixture, will be pumped up beyond all belief. Odds of 2.40 about a Bulgaria would not be far of the mark in normal circumstances so the price is worth snapping up given the state of play in UEFA Group B.
Neither Israel nor Northern Ireland can qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil but the odds of 1.50 with Bet365 about the Israelis beating the Northern Irish is too good to let pass. Only Russia has beaten Israel in UEFA Group F, with the Israelis earning two draws versus Portugal that look like costing Cristiano Ronaldo and friends. Israel beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in Belfast seven months ago and it has been downhill pretty much ever since for the Northern Irish, with its last two games resulting in away losses to Luxembourg and Azerbaijan. One of Northern Ireland’s most credentialed players, Jonny Evans, received a red card in the last minute of its 0-2 loss to Azerbaijan so he cannot line up against Israel in Tel Aviv, which is a big blow.
Followers of recent head-to-head form will be interested in Ghana at odds of 2.00 with BetVictor to win the first leg of its 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying tie versus Egypt in Kumasi. Egypt has won its last six matches across all competitions but its victims have been the minnows of Guinea, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Uganda, with the latter having suffered three recent losses at the feet of the Pharaohs. Egypt faced Ghana in a neutral friendly nine months ago and the Pharaohs slumped to a 0-3 defeat, plus the Black Stars have a formidable home record in major tournaments. Ghana should be trading at odds-on prices.
No 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying game will attract more betting commentary than the match between Chile and Ecuador. The situation in the CONMEBOL region is such that both Chile and Ecuador will qualify for the big show if its game in Santiago ends in a draw. The draw is odds on with some bookmakers but, if one wants to buy into the conspiracy theory that Chile and Ecuador will look after each other, it makes more sense to bet on the scoreline. One can get odds of 8.00 with BetVictor that Chile and Ecuador draw 0-0.
Finally, Australia is in crisis following back-to-back 0-6 losses and the sacking of Holger Osieck. Ironically, it is Osieck’s old team, Canada, next for Australia as the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifier strives to salvage its reputation after being hit for six by Brazil and France. Canada is without a win in 11 matches and it has failed to score in each of its last seven games. The bet that appeals in the Craven Cottage clash – the match is taking place in west London, which just happens to be home to many of the Australians who live in England, is under two and a half goals at odds of 1.85 with Youwin. Both sides struggle to score and one can see their game being a dull affair.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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