It’s far to say I’m quite comfortable on the International scene giving the 41-18 record in recent times, and we’ll look to continue our dominance over World Cup Qualifiers as the European playoff rounds begin.
Greece vs. Romania – (7.45pm)
Greece thoroughly deserve to be here, and so do Romania if you look at their group, but they don’t convince me half as much as Greece do. Greece matched Bosnia’s 25 point total and finished 2nd only on goal difference, but a clear 12 points ahead of Slovakia. Romania had perhaps a slightly tougher competition in Turkey and Hungry, although the latter is useless away and Turkey are nothing like they once were. This Greek side is by no means second best compared to Bosnia, but they’re style of plays explain the 1-2 positioning. Bosnia score for fun, whilst the Greeks have produced 11 clean sheets in their last 12 games including 5 straight in their qualifying group. What’s more impressive is that they haven’t shipped a goal in 7 straight at home or any of their home qualifying games. Romania were somewhat inconsistent and only completed the double over Estonia and Andorra. There’s not a whole lot of explanation needed, because Greece are a force at home and if they qualify they posses the organisation to escape most groups. Romania will want to keep this to a 1 goal game either way if possible because they’re equally as capable at home, but Greece will know that.
Portugal vs. Sweden – (7.45pm) & Sweden vs. Portugal – (7.45pm Tues)
This is not a tip for THIS game, but instead the tie as a whole with both games combined. I’m backing Sweden to qualify ahead of this Portugal side. Even Israel ran riot at times against this Portugal side, and Northern Ireland scored no shortage of goals against them. Sweden are a very capable side with, of course, one of the most technically gifted strikers and play-makers in the world, but don’t overlook the rest of their squad. This team came from dead and buried to draw 4-4 in Germany and gave them an equally tough test at home. Portugal don’t posses half of the goal-scoring ability the Germans have, and an equally determined effort from Sweden in this play-off tie would make the bookmakers prices look extremely silly. Portugal haven’t beaten anyone of any note at home for 16 months, yet they’ve still only won 5 of their last 12 games. I think if Sweden keep this to a 1 goal game in Portugal – although they are capable of winning – there’s a probable chance of them winning at home.
Greece -0.5AH @ 2.00 with Sportingbet
Sweden to qualify @ 2.63 with YouWin