Vital World Cup Qualifiers this Week

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers are reaching an exciting climax. Not if you support Northern Ireland or Ireland, but England, Scotland and Wales all have good qualification hopes. Let’s look at the next set of fixtures with some betting odds too.

Friday 12 November

Moldova v Scotland – 5pm KO

There have been many disastrous Scottish results over the years. Best not to mention Costa Rica if chatting to a Scotsman. Surely, they can’t make a mess of clinching a play-off spot when they travel to Moldova, can they?

Scotland are second in Group F, one that has already been won by Denmark. Scotland are in second and four points clear of Israel. A win in Moldova will clinch the play-off position. A draw might well be enough as Israel has a tricky game away in Austria.

Scotland need to get this sorted on Friday as their final game is at home to Denmark. They have won their last four games in this group, including a 1-0 win over Moldova. Only Denmark have beaten them on their travels in this group.

Moldova are bottom with just one point from eight games. Only one of their last 26 games has been won and in the last 16 years, their only home World Cup qualification win has been over San Marino. It’s 1/4 at 888sport that Scotland win this game.

England v Albania – 7.45pm KO

England host Albania on Friday and still haven’t confirmed a place in the top two. A win over the Albanians will clinch a top two place and all but winning the group. They lead Group I by three points from Poland and are five ahead of third placed Albania. With a last match away at San Marino next week, they should be able to top this group.
Over 90 minutes, England are unbeaten in their last 18 internationals and won the reverse fixture with Albania 2-0. With Poland away in Andorra, Albania’s play-off hopes aren’t looking good. They have won three away games but three losses to Poland and England look to have left them with too much to do. England are 13/20 at BetVictor to win this, leading at both half and full time.

Saturday 13 November

Wales v Belarus – 7.45pm KO

Wales haven’t made it to the World Cup finals since 1958. They are unlikely to gain automatic qualification from Group E as they trail Belgium by five points. Going into this game at home to Belarus, Wales are in third, behind the Czech Republic on goal difference but with this game in hand.

They will expect to get three points from this game. Belarus are bottom with three points earned from a win over Estonia. Their three away matches in this group have all been lost and by an aggregate score of 11-0.

Wales can afford to finish third in this group and go into the play-offs. That’s because of their success in the Nations League. Third place is guaranteed as they lead Estonia by seven points. It might come to needing that as Wales finish this group with a home game against Belgium, while the Czechs host Estonia.

Wales can be backed to get three points here and are 7/10 at Boylesports to win this match to nil. That’s likely as Belarus have only scored one goal in their last seven away World Cup qualifiers.

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