The World Cup qualifiers continue on Friday night and for another bunch of sides it could be a huge evening as spots at the tournament in Russia next summer are likely to be determined.
As with Thursday night, there are three groups playing their penultimate qualifying match of the campaign, and with it there are plenty of sides who can either secure automatic qualification or book themselves a play-off spot.
The action gets underway with the one early kick off in the evening which comes in Georgia where the home side host a Wales team who are devoid of their star man Gareth Bale. Wales need to win to keep alive their automatic qualifying chances. Serbia top the group but face a tricky looking test in Austria and if they slip up Republic of Ireland could move within two points of them ahead of Monday’s final fixtures.
Spain and Italy have been the main two sides in this group and they will be in action again on Friday night. Spain begin the evening three points clear of Italy so neither can afford to slip up in their matches. Italy host Macedonia while Spain will take on Albania. The other match in the group is a dead rubber which sees Israel heading to Liechtenstein.
This is the tightest group of the lot heading into this round of matches as four sides can still qualify automatically for Russia. Two of those sides meet when Turkey host Iceland while the leaders Croatia are at home to Finland where a win will put them in a great position. Any slip ups could open the door for Ukraine who will know their match in Kosovo is the very definition of must win.
I find this the hardest night of the lot to predict and as such there is only one bet which I am interested in. It comes in the early kick off out in Georgia where Wales have to find a way to get a result without Gareth Bale.
That won’t be easy because as we all know he is a serious lynchpin for them. We’ve seen in this group already that Georgia is not necessarily the easiest place to go so I would imagine Wales will go there with the attitude of making sure they don’t concede and if they can grab a goal they will be delighted.
I’m not convinced Georgia will be allowed to be too expansive and gung ho so I really see this one as a low scoring match and one where the under 2 goals is the way to go about it. 0-0 could be a genuine runner here but if we see a goal I’m not convinced we’ll see two.
WON – Back Georgia vs Wales – Under 2 goals for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Bet365
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