Decisive Matches for European Teams Seeking World Cup QualificationPublished November 14, 2021 by Florin P
European teams play potentially decisive matches in the race for the World Cup on Saturday when they can book a seat at the main event.
Only two rounds are left to be played in the European qualifiers for the World Cup. On Saturday, several teams can book a place at the main event, while others will find themselves eliminated. The stakes are as high as they get and punters have unique opportunities to bet on highly contested football games.
Bosnia & Herzegovina and Finland Play Must-Win Game
Bosnia & Herzegovina sits in the third-place, while Finland comes in fourth, with one point between them. Both teams need to overtake Ukraine, which is within striking distance and has played one additional game. This makes this match essential for their chances to qualify and the draw is simply not an acceptable option. The direct match resulted in a high-scoring draw and we also like this match to have three goals or more. 1xBet offers odds of 13/10 on more than 2.5 goals to be scored.
Norway Seeks Decisive Win against Latvia
Norway sits in the second place, two points behind the Netherlands and in prime position to qualify. Victory over Latvia is needed to keep them in second place, as both the Dutch and Turkey are expected to win. Defeating the Baltic nation shouldn’t be terribly difficult, as they also won the first leg on the road. Latvia is already eliminated from the race, with just five points in eight matches and has nothing to fight for. Bet365 Sports offers odds of 2.13 on Norway to cover the -2.5 goals spread.
Montenegro must put Precautions aside vs the Netherlands
Montenegro was crushed in the first match against the Netherlands played on the road. They would normally take more precautions tonight, but they simply can’t settle for a draw. A narrow margin defeat or a lopsided win for the favorites would be the same for Montenegro, as it would eliminate them from the race. We expect an open game with opportunities to score at both goals. Under these circumstances, odds of 1.70 offered by Bet365 Sports on more than 2.5 goals to be scored make perfect sense.
Everything on the Line for Wales against Belarus
Wales and the Czech Republic are tied for second place in Group E, behind Belgium who is already qualified. Home pitch advantage against Belarus should provide them with the opportunity to improve or at least consolidate their position. The visitors lost 6 out of 7 games regardless of venue and conceded 19 goals. Belarus also lost seven consecutive matches, so they should emerge victorious in front of the fans. 1xBet offers odds of 1.70 on the home side to win and cover the -1.5 goals spread.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, November 12 at 1 P.M. UK time.