Unity, national pride, excitement. What’s in store for us this summer? Like every 4 years, in 2018 the whole world will tune in to the adventure the World Cup brings to us. Hosted by Russia, football fans alike and all members of the family will ensure a month of daily games in what is the most popular sporting event in the world. Here is our November’s World Cup Qualifier Playoff Betting preview!
But hold on, we’re not quite there yet. With qualification all but complete, there are still the 2-legged play-offs this month, where we will uncover the latest nations to join the tournament in Russia. Within this betting preview for the World Cup qualifier play-off, we will break it down as to which bets, supplied by Intertops Sportsbook, looks the surest to win. Will Northern Ireland, as unlikely as it seems, feature in this World Cup? Shall Croatia, secure their qualification in the first game alone? Let’s take a look.
World Cup Qualifier Play-off Betting Preview
The Swiss go away from home to Ireland, Northern Ireland
In unlikely circumstances, Northern Ireland find themselves in World Cup qualifier play-offs in their first game of the 2 legs, hosting Switzerland. Because the away team had previously qualified for the last World Cup and went quite far, they are the favorites in this game at 6/5. However, Northern Ireland are a very solid team who are fully aware of their powers at home. Their road to qualification was mainly based on picking up the home points so at 5/2, placing a bet against the odds may turn out to have its rewards.
Croatia host Greece without any grey patches
Probably the easiest game to call in black and white. Croatia, playing with the likes of Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić and Mario Mandžukić, look to seal their qualification by smashing the Greeks whilst given a fair odds of 7/20 by Intertops Sportsbook. Personally, I don’t think it’s a question of if but how, in terms of goals scored. Then again, if you are Greek, you might want to hope for the best as odds for a draw are 333/100 and to go all the way, Greece to beat Croatia is noted at odds 9/1.
Four-time champions Italy, take on Sweden
Italy, with their dominance over this competition by their famous tactical style of play look to unlock the Swedes, who couldn’t participate in the last World Cup having been shut out in the qualifier play-offs. With their previous experience, it is safe to say the Swedes have experience in this field, and are hungry as ever to cause a big upset to Italian football this year. At online sportsbook sites, you can find respectable odds for Italy to win away at 5/4. Sweden, who knocked out the Netherlands, are rated at 9/4.
So which matches for the 1st leg of the World Cup qualifier play-off makes the most sense? The online sportbook news in Sweden certainly believes that backing their country, who put 8 past Luxembourg, could pay off and become a historical match for the country. Nonetheless, this is Italy we are talking about so a draw at 2/1 seems more likely. Croatia should have a walk in the park with Greece at home, whilst I would back Northern Ireland to avoid defeat at home to Switzerland.