World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – Home Nations strive for qualification3rd October 2017 / lee
It is getting down to the wire now with the final two matches of the World Cup Qualifiers in the UEFA zone for each nation, being played out over the next week or so. This is where it all counts now and heading into the final batch of matches, qualification hopes remain for all of the home nations. So there should be some exciting conclusions and tensions being played out here. Take a look at the qualification odds for each of them. How many of them will make it through to Russia next year.
Remaining fixtures: Slovenia (h), Lithuania (a)
The Three Lions are nearly across the finish line and they can get there on Thursday night when they host Slovenia at Wembley. A win in this one guarantees that they get through but as long as Slovakia don’t beat Scotland on the same night then a draw would be good enough for England to progress. So it could be a big night for England on Thursday night and they are 1/3 odds-on at bet365 beat Slovenia. It would then just leave a casual jaunt over to Lithuania for them to round off their group action with. England are a quote of 18/1 at bet365 to win the World Cup 2018.
Remaining Fixtures: Slovakia (h), Slovenia (a)
The Scots do have some work to do in Group F still, but they have their fate in their own hands. That is because they have to play the two teams above them still. That does mean of course that there is no margin for error from the Scots now who have to churn out the wins. It is really the game against Slovakia on Thursday which is going to count because it all starts there for them. They have to make amends for their 3-0 loss out in Slovakia. The Scots are a 9/2 punt at bet365 to qualify. They are a 6/4 punt to win on Thursday.
Remaining Fixtures: Germany (h), Norway (a)
The Irish have already played themselves into a great position. They are locked into second place in Group C at worst. With two games to go, they are five points behind group leaders Germany. So really they are just on a quest to pick up as many points as they can from their remaining games to ensure that they finish as one of the best runners up, which they should anyway. They have a tough game against Germany next up though, so it will all be down to whatever they can claim against Norway who are out of the qualification picture of course, with things boiling down to Germany and Northern Ireland for the top two.
Remaining Fixtures: Moldova (h), Wales (a)
The Group D finish is going to be tense as more likely than not, it is going to boil down to Ireland and Wales for second place behind Serbia. Serbia are leading the group going into the final two matches and with one of their remaining matches against Georgia, they should lock top spot. Ireland go on Thursday night against Moldova, a match that they are strong odds-on favourites to win. Then it will all be down to their showdown against Wales on October 9th. The Irish start on Thursday in third place in the group, a point behind second-placed Wales. They need a win because this isn’t just about the second place it’s picking up enough points to be one of the best runners up as well to get to the play-offs. Ireland are 9/2 to qualify. They are winless in their last four qualifiers though.
Remaining Fixtures: Georgia (h), Ireland (h)
The Welsh have their fate in their own hands and they go off to Georgia on Thursday night. They will have to find a way to win that to ensure that they have something to defend when they meet the Irish next week in their final group stage match. They have produced down the final stretch when it has mattered most ,albeit by narrow margins but they have gotten it done. So they do have a little more momentum going than the Irish do, but they still have to deliver. They remain unbeaten in their qualification campaign so far. With home advantage in that game against Ireland to finish off with, they are 7/4 at bet365 to qualify ahead of the Irish. It should be some match that game in Cardiff on October 9th.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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