Belgium to impress at both ends

7Jun 2013

World Cup Brazil 2014

It's World Cup qualifier time for many European nations and, though England don't feature, there is a big game in their group, and several others...

Montenegro v Ukraine, Friday 19:30, Match Odds: Montenegro 2.5, Ukraine 3.25, The Draw 3.35

England will be hoping that Ukraine can aid the Three Lions chances of leapfrogging Montenegro in Group H by getting something out of this game in the inhospitable surroundings of the Podgorica Stadium. This is after all a must-win scenario for the Ukrainians, who already trail their hosts by six points ahead of kick-off and sit behind neighbouring Poland in fourth on goal difference. As England have already found out after being paired with the Montenegrins in successive qualifying campaigns, winning in the hostile, tight-knit ground is tricky business, with both visits producing only draws. Ukraine's away form in this group does breed encouragement for English hopes though, as they've already secured a point at Wembley and most recently went to Poland and triumphed 3-1. Meanwhile, Montenegro also dropped points at home to Poland earlier in the group.
Recommended Bet: Back the draw @ 3.35


Belgium v Serbia, Friday 19:45, Match Odds: Belgium 1.6, Serbia 6.8, The Draw 4.2
A week after putting four past the USA in an away friendly, this much vaunted Belgium side reappear in front of their own for the serious business of World Cup qualification. Currently locked on 16 points with Croatia, Group A has quickly become a straight-out brawl between those nations for that precious automatic qualifying spot. Like Belgium's other Group A opponents, Serbia's hopes of qualification have long since evaporated and they were soundly beaten 3-0 in the reverse fixture in Belgrade. As well as boasting plenty of attacking flair, Belgium have mastered that magic combo of keeping clean sheets as well as winning, only conceding once in their six qualifiers to date.
Best Bet: Back Belgium to win to nil @ 2.88


Portugal v Russia, Friday 20:45, Match Odds: Portugal 1.89, Russia 5.0, The Draw 3.55
Due to some adverse weather earlier this year, Russia have played two less games than Portugal in Group F. Nevertheless, the visitors are still in the luxurious position of being a point ahead after winning their first four competitive games under the guidance of Fabio Capello. One of those Russian victories came against this enigmatic Portuguese side who, despite housing many star names, have struggled to stamp their authority at all, dropping points at home to Northern Ireland in October. Portugal's form is not good either. Despite winning against Azerbaijan in the last qualifier, that result was their only victory in six games. With three goals in his last four games for Russia, Roman Shirokov could be the man to help compound Portuguese misery.
Recommended Bet: Back Roman Shirokov to score @ 6.8


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