UEFA World Cup Qualifiers 09/10/2013 Free Soccer Pick and Preview
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
Tuesday 10th September 2013 19:45 (GMT)
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Ukraine vs England
An interesting game see's England travel to the Ukraine, both teams won their respective qualifiers last Friday with England beating Moldova 4-0 at home and the Ukraine scoring 9 against minnows San Marino. The first meeting of the teams was a 1-1 draw inWembley when the Ukraine were the better team if the truth be told. England though are missing alot of players for this game with Rooney still out through injury and Wellbeck suspended. Rickie Lambert will get the start up front and Roy Hodgeson will look to his captain Stephen Gerrard and experienced players like Frank Lampard to lead the way. England have been poor on their travels in this campaign and have drawn their last two away from home when discounting the San Marino game. This one looks a well like it might have a bit of bite. I'm liking the look of both teams to score, I have a feeling this may finish 1-1.
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Tip: Both teams to score
Austria vs Ireland
Austria and Ireland both lost on Friday, the Germans beat Austria 3-0 and the Irish went down 2-1 to Sweden in a game they should have gotten something from. Ireland were very disappointing in the final third but overall they deserved more than they got from the game against Sweden. Anthony Pilkington comes in on the wing and Paul Green replaces Glenn Whelan in the center of midfield. Austria know that they must win to give themselves any chance of qualifying and they will look to their Bayern Munich player alaba to lead the fight from the front. I think there is a good chance this game also ends in a draw but both teams to score looks the value bet to me again.
Tip: Both teams to score
Italy vs Czech Republic
Italy simply love qualifying campaigns. In their last 18 home qualifying games the Italians have won seventeen and drawn once, lost none. In fact you can go back to the their last 28 home world cup qualifying games and you wont find a defeat. Mario Balotelli, El Sharawaay and Pirlo will be key for the Italians as they look to get qualification wrapped up. The Czech team lost 2-1 to Armenia on Friday in a huge upset, the strange thing was that they got level in the 7oth minute but gave up the winner in the 90th minute. I just cant see anything other than an Italy win here, the Italians do occasionally play it safe and the Czech team need a win badly but I think the italians will just have too much quality.
Tip: Italy to win