World Cup Qualifier Acca Tips: Sun 11th June

I’m hoping that my tips from Friday and Saturday have both borne some winnings on this final tips weekend of the season, but if not then there is always this little fourfold that I have put together for Sunday’s games. These fixtures at the end of the season are always somewhat unusual, with some players not having played a competitive game for weeks, and most players having one eye on getting their feet up on holiday for a couple of weeks.

As such, this can throw up some unusual results and there’s been more than a few of these cropping up in international games of late. Not many punters tipped France to draw in Belarus but they did, nor did many expect Bulgaria to get the better of Holland in quite the way they did. Similarly, Argentina’s struggles in South American qualifying have been well documented, even if Lionel Messi’s return to the fold may well help them earn one of the four automatic qualifying spots there.

There’s some big games for Irish and British teams on Sunday so I’ve focused on those plus a couple of games that I think have the potential to offer a decent return for our acca.

Here’s my tips for Sunday’s games and I hope to see you again next season for some more bookie-bashing!

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  • Finland v Ukraine – Away Win
  • Republic of Ireland v Austria – Home Win
  • Iceland v Croatia – Draw
  • Serbia v Wales – Home Win

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Bet Analysis: Sun 11th June

Finland to lose to Ukraine – Group I is one of the toughest to call in all European qualifying with four teams, Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine and Turkey all in with a realistic chance of earning the top spot or second place and a playoff place. Finland however are one of the weaker sides and have drawn just one of their five games, losing all the other four. Ukraine are solid, if a little predictable but they have by far the better quality of the two teams and the conditions in Finland will be a lot more benign for them than if they were playing this in October or November. With the top two in this group playing each other, Ukraine will view this as a game they must win to keep up the pressure on Iceland and Croatia and to be fair to them, I think it is a game they will win relatively comfortably.

Republic of Ireland to beat Austria – Ireland are unbeaten in Group D in their opening five games and earned a superb 3-2 win in Vienna over Austria back in November. A win here would be a massive boost to Martin O’Neil’s men as they seek to challenge Serbia at the top of Group D, while cementing the gap between themselves and Austria and likely Wales who face a tough task in Serbia on the same night. Serbia and Ireland wins tonight would likely see a two horse race emerge in Group D for the top spot and with Serbia yet to come to Dublin, the Irish would have their World Cup destiny in their own hands. My one worry for Ireland is goals, as they don’t have a recognised international quality goalscorer anymore, but having said that, other players have chipped in with goals regularly and I’m backing one such player to do so to nab a narrow 1-0 win for the Irish here.

Iceland and Croatia to draw – The top two teams in  Group I meet once again after Croatia won the reverse fixture 2-0 in Zagreb back in November. Iceland are no longer the pushover team they once were in European football, as England can easily testify too, and they have continued that good form into the World Cup qualifying campaign. They have 10 points, two ahead of Ukraine and Turkey behind them and three behind their opponents tonight. Croatia will know that avoiding defeat will be a good result here, but a win would put them in with a magnificent chance of qualifying as the group winner. Croatia are a very talented side, with some exceptional players and I can’t see them losing here, but by the same token, I do think Iceland will get something from the game, hence I am backing the draw here.

Serbia to defeat Wales – This was always going to be Wales’ toughest trip in their qualifying campaign and the fact that they are doing it without the suspended Gareth Bale is a massive blow to Welsh hopes. Bale has often been the difference for Wales in games such as these in recent times and his absence is a huge blow. So much so that I think if Wales were offered a point from this game now, they’d more than happily take it. Serbia however are a side on the rise after a dismal Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, they have been so much better in the World Cup qualifiers and they are looking a more than capable side. Belgrade has been an unhappy place for Wales in the past and I can’t see Sunday night being any different I’m afraid. I’m backing Serbia here to win this one by a couple of goals.

Dave Jackson

Author: Dave Jackson

Dave is an absolute resourse of information when it comes to tennis and football betting. He's currently writing his first book ‘Smash & Grab – Punters Guide To Accumulator Betting’ which is out later this year.

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