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Greece is the word that one should say to one’s preferred bookmaker when betting on the first batch of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers because the Greeks represent value at odds of +105 with 888sport , Sky Bet and Unibet to beat Romania.
Most football fans let out a collective cheer when Greece bowed out of the FIFA World Cup in the round of 16 after losing 3-5 on penalties to Costa Rica. Greece was losing 0-1 to Costa Rica before Oscar Duarte saw red for the Central American team in the 66th minute. It took until the first minute of stoppage time for Greece to equalise and it did not find a way past Costa Rica goalkeeper Keilor Navas in extra time. Greece was one of the least deserving sides in the round of 16 and few people cried when it was eliminated.
At least Greece qualified for the FIFA World Cup, though, and it took part in the tournament because it beat Romania over two legs in the UEFA play-offs, which is why one thinks that the Greeks are overpriced to win in Piraeus on Sunday.
It was at the same venue that Greece beat Romania 3-1 in the first leg of the UEFA play-offs showdown between the sides. Kostas Mitroglou and Dimitris Salpingidis scored Greece’s three home goals between them and it did not impact the match that Romania had Constantin Lazar sent off in the second minute of stoppage time. Greece secured its FIFA World Cup berth by drawing 1-1 in Romania a few days later and it was leading 1-0 before Vassilis Torosidis put the ball into his own net 10 minutes into the second half.
Greece is one of the toughest European road trips and its home record in competitive games is excellent. Greece has not lost either a UEFA Euro or FIFA World Cup qualifying match on home soil since going down 1-2 to Switzerland in October 2008, with its unbeaten home streak comprising 12 wins and three draws. Over the same period, Romania’s away numbers in competitive games read five wins, four draws and six losses. Greece should be odds on to get the chocolates.
Everyone who saw Uruguay play without Luis Suarez in the FIFA World Cup will be checking out the odds about Japan beating the South American side in the land of the rising sun on Friday. Several bookmakers, including Bwin, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power, are offering odds of +150 about Japan and those odds are more than acceptable in the circumstances.
Uruguay’s system broke down without Suarez in its 1-3 FIFA World Cup loss to Costa Rica and, away from home minus the Barcelona striker, it makes no appeal. Uruguay’s results on the road during FIFA World Cup qualifying were pretty poor – wins over Jordan, Peru and Venezuela, a draw with Paraguay and losses to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador – and Japan ought to fancy its chance of avenging its 2-4 loss to the South American team in Riku last year. Suarez set up Diego Forlan for Uruguay’s first goal and he netted his side’s third goal in a man-of-the-match display.
Finally, Kazakhstan stands out at odds of -200 with several bookmakers, including Betfred, Totesport and William Hill, to continue its dominance of Krgyzstan. Kazakhstan and Krgyzstan have met three times since they became independent nations, with the former winning twice and drawing once. The most recent clash between Kazakhstan and Krgyzstan resulted in a 5-2 win for the former in Almaty two years ago.
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