Sweden vs Ireland WC qualification

Sweden welcomes Ireland in a qualifying match for the World Cup in Group C. A match that will be really important for both teams, as it is clear that the biggest favorite for the top spot in the group is the team of Germany.

ireland-300x223So far, both teams are going more than well. Their only missteps were against Germany as Ireland had catastrophic loss with 1:6, while the Swedes made a little miracle, managed to finish 4-4 as a guest in Munich, although trailed by 0-4 in the 62nd minute.

In their other matches both teams have won against Kazakhstan and Faeroe Islands.

At first glance, it appears that the victory for the Swedes is mandatory. A home match against a direct competitor is something that should not be missed. It is felt by everyone in Sweden and according to the latest news, all match tickets have been already sold.

A possible draw in the match would be a great result for the guests who would have the benefit to play on the home ground next time.

The two teams have not played each other since 2006 when the match were in control of Ireland team which surprisingly won with 3-0.

However, what is the most important is the strength of the two teams at the moment. I think the Swedes are an absolute favorite in this match, but the problem is that the bookies felt it too and offer too low rate for their victory, just 1.5.

ireland-300x223Ireland should not be underestimated so lightly. That’s why I will turn to other market, namely Both teams to score. Both Sweden and Ireland show holes in their defense, the Irish have conceded a goal in each of their three games so far. Swedes in turn managed to keep a clean sheet only against Kazakhstan. To see the Faeroe Islands to score against you hardly speaks well of your defense capabilities.

On the other hand, the coefficient for Yes on Both teams to score is more than good – 2.1. I think the chances of seeing a match with many goals and at least one goal in both nets is much higher than 45% and that is why it would be my bet for this match.

Norway vs Scotland Under 2.5

The Scottish come to this match without four key players, most valuable from them is goalkeeper Creig Gordon. He will be replaced by Neil Alexander.

Norway star John Carew made huge problems for Scottish defense last time when those teams met and tonight he will be again ahead on Norway’s attack. Carew said already that this match will be crucial for them and their last chance to go through this group, a chance that they do not attend to miss.

Matches like this one are being played often with very hard defense and lack of opportunities for goal. Even more the stats are telling us that those teams haven’t many matches with more than two goals scored.

One more thing about that under. Norway will play only with Carew in attack, which means lot of long balls in the center of Scottish defense, which will be comfortable for them and I am sure this is not the way to see three goals here.

Scottish already said they are coming for win here, but I am sure a draw tonight is something that won’t make them unhappy at all.

1.66 is the coefficient for under 2.5 goals here and I am not going to miss it.