European football tips: Five World Cup predictions for Sunday acca

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We’ve picked out five European football tips from Sunday’s World Cup qualifiers and will be rewarded with an accumulator at odds of nearly 36/1 if all our predictions come in.

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Republic of Ireland to beat Austria @ 13/10

Martin O’Neill’s side have already beaten this weekend’s opponents in Vienna and are fancied to complete the double in Dublin. A fine 3-1 warm-up win over Uruguay should have put Ireland spot on for this fixture and they can outwork an Austria side which is efficient at seeing off lesser teams but often wilts under pressure when facing tougher tests.

Serbia to beat Wales @ 18/25

The Eagles grew in confidence throughout the game when drawing 1-1 in Cardiff last November and have since won 3-1 in Georgia to make it 11 points from five Group D matches. Wales are without the suspended Gareth Bale for the trip to Belgrade and he has been responsible for half of their goals in this pool.

Ukraine to win at Finland @ 4/5

Ukraine suffered their first defeat in Group I when losing 1-0 to leaders Croatia in Zagreb in March but that was another solid effort and they are still in the hunt to qualify with eight points on the board. Finland are slightly unfortunate to only have one point, but four straight defeats may have affected their ambition and resolve.

Georgia to win at Moldova @ 7/5

Georgia only have two points from five games but they have been competitive in all of those contests, including when leading Serbia until conceding a penalty on the stroke of half-time. Drawing 1-1 in Wales was another decent effort and that form should be good enough to make amends for a home stalemate with Moldova, who have conceded 12 times in four other fixtures.

Israel to beat Albania @ 23/20

Israel enjoyed a 3-0 romp when these teams met in Elbasan and look a form pick for the return fixture, even if Albania did have two men sent off that day. The chances of advancing from Group G are remote, but Israel have managed to score in losses to Italy and Spain, whereas their opponents drew a blank against the top two teams.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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