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World Cup Qualifier Accumulator – 4th & 5th September

After landing a fabulous win of over £250 a couple of weeks back, last weekend didn’t quite go to plan and now with the Premier League on a hiatus, we turn our attentions to Matchday Five of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers taking place across Europe this weekend.

Having seen Matchday 4 played on Wednesday and Thursday this week, the teams will be in action once again on Saturday and Sunday, before they then go on to play Matchday 6 on Tuesday and Wednesday next week before returning to their clubs.

There were a mix of results for teams this week and a few shock results. Spain suffered their first World Cup Qualifier defeat in 28 years when they lost 2-1 to Sweden. France were held 1-1 by Bosnia-Herzegovina in Paris and Italy were also held 1-1 at home by Bulgaria.

The home nations had a mixed week. Wales didn’t play a qualifier, but England and Northern Ireland landed big away wins, England winning 4-0 in Hungary, while Northern Ireland were 4-1 winners away in Lithuania. Scotland however couldn’t follow suit and went down to a 2-0 defeat to Denmark in Copenhagen.

This weekend though, England face Andorra, Wales travel to Belarus, Scotland face a must-win home game against Moldova, while Northern Ireland have a friendly ahead of their Matchday Six clash with Switzerland.

Other big games this week include Croatia v Slovakia, Ukraine v France, Israel v Austria, Belgium v Czech Republic, Germany v Armenia and probably the best game, Switzerland taking on Italy.

Let’s take a look at the games I’ve picked for this weekend’s international accumulator.

World Cup Qualifer Tips – 4th & 5th September

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    • Sat - Ukraine v France - Away Win
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    • Sat - Israel v Austria - Draw
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    • Sun - Belgium v Czech Rep - Home Win
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    • Sun - Switzerland v Italy - Draw
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Bet Analysis: Saturday 4th September

Ukraine v France – Away Win

The World Champions have not been at their best of late. They have had four draws in a row (including their penalty loss to Switzerland in the European Championships last summer) and now they have Kylian Mbappe injured for their next two qualifiers.  They are still four points clear at the top of the group, so alarm bells are not ringing just yet, but if they lose this game to Ukraine, who have drawn all four of their qualifiers so far, then that would be a worry. Even without Mbappe, I do feel this French team is far too good to slip up in this group and I think they know a win here away at their most fierce rivals would see them take a massive step towards qualifying for Qatar and I think that will be all they need to earn the victory here.

Israel v Austria – Draw

This is a crucial game in Scotland’s group and the Scots will certainly be hoping that these two teams can battle out a draw, as that would mean a win for the Scots in their game with Moldova would see them leapfrog above the two teams and back into second in the group behind the dominant Denmark. I think both these teams are well matched and quite similar. They have solid defenses, workmanlike midfields that are perhaps not the most creative and while they do have some quality attackers, they tend not to score too many goals. A win for either here would be a big result, but I do feel that a draw is more likely than either team winning.

Bet Analysis: Sunday 5th September

Belgium v Czech Republic – Home Win

Belgium made hard work of beating Estonia 5-2 in midweek and after drawing 1-1 with the Czech’s earlier in the group stage, they will know that they cannot afford to slip up here. I don’t think they will to be honest, even though this is a Czech side that I feel was probably better than I gave them credit for before the European Championships this summer. Belgium do look a bit lightweight defensively and I think the Czech’s may well be able to snag a goal in this game, but Belgium are so dangerous going forward that I would be hugely surprised if they don’t win this one 3-1 or so.

Switzerland v Italy – Draw

This promises to be an intriguing game between two strong sides. Switzerland have proven to be very difficult to beat, especially at home, and Italy are in the midsts of a long unbeaten run and are the European Champions of course. However, Italy were poor in drawing at home with Bulgaria in midweek and Switzerland, who have only played two games in this group and won them both, will know that a win here could see them put Italy under pressure for top spot in the group. I can’t quite see them having enough to achieve that here and I think the Italians will hang on to their unbeaten record by landing the draw.

Dean Wyatt

Author: Dean Wyatt

Dean Wyatt is the founder and editor here at Acca Nation. He’s been betting sports for over 20 years and is a profitable sports trader on the exchanges.

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