There are nine World Cup qualifiers taking place across Europe on Friday, October 9th, and Oddsmarket has analyzed the biggest games and those offering the best value for punters:
Georgia v Wales
The Welsh are on a roll, having beaten Austria and Moldova in their last two games to move up to second in their group, with 14 points from eight games. They have a great chance of making it to next summer’s World Cup and can further those ambitions by beating Georgia on Friday. The home side are second bottom in the group, with five points, and have no chance of qualifying, but they are a tricky side to face and have drawn five of their last six. It finished 1-1 when these teams met in Cardiff earlier in qualifying and a draw looks interesting here at 3.40 with Stan James and 3.30 with Bet365.
Austria v Serbia
Serbia are top of this group, comfortably clear of Wales, and can take another stride towards Russia 2018 by winning away at Austria. Serbia beat Austria 3-2 in the reverse fixture and are unbeaten so far in qualifying. They have a very strong team that stands head and shoulders above the other teams in this group and have won three of their last four games. Austria have not won in four and their hopes of making the World Cup have gone. Serbia looks a great price to win this one at 2.40 with Stan James, while the 1.65 Marathon Bet is offering on Serbia draw no bet looks an amazing option considering no team has beaten the Serbs thus far.
Spain v Albania
Spain have been sensational so far in qualifying and recently followed up a famous 3-0 victory over Italy by thumping Liechtenstein 8-0. They are the top dogs in their group, unbeaten and three points ahead of Italy, and are coasting towards Russia. They beat Albania 2-0 away in their last meeting and should improve upon that this time around. Spain win to nil looks quite interesting for an accumulator at 1.40 with Ladbrokes and Coral, or Spain -3 Asian handicap offers more value at 2.0 with Sun Bets and Sports Winner.
Turkey v Iceland
The most interesting game of the day sees the unpredictable Iceland travel to Turkey for a crucial game in both teams’ efforts to reach the World Cup. Group, I has developed into a fascinating four-way battle between these two, Croatia and Ukraine – all very good teams. Croatia and Iceland have 16 points, while Turkey and Ukraine have 14, but the Turkish can leapfrog them here with a win. Iceland were sitting pretty at the top of the table with three straight wins going into September but then slumped to a shock defeat at the hands of Finland. Yet they bounced back in style by beating Ukraine 2-0, who in turn had just beaten Turkey 2-0. The leadership of this group keeps changing hands and it should prove a thrilling game in front of a passionate home crowd. However, Iceland will take heart from their 2-0 home win over Turkey earlier in qualifying and will fancy their chances of a win here. The odds are fantastic: 4.25 at Unibet. For anyone that likes value betting, that looks a great shout. For the more cautious punter, Iceland +0.75 Asian handicap is 1.66 with 188Bet. Croatia should beat Finland, while Ukraine should beat Kosovo, so there is a huge onus on these two teams to get three points and they are likely to throw caution to the wind and deliver an exciting encounter.