The old cliche tells us there are no easy games in football – but some are easier than others and that’s especially true in this week’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Playing host to international minnows Latvia (FIFA-ranked 94th), Kazakhstan (142nd) and Moldova (141st) gives Bosnia, Sweden and Poland respectively the best possible chance to start their home campaigns with a win.
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Bosnia to beat Latvia @ 13/50
With Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Dynamo Moscow’s Zvjezdan Misimovic at the forefront, Bosnia are one of the fastest rising sides in world football, having reached their highest-ever FIFA ranking of 19th earlier this year.
Opponents Latvia are going in the opposite direction, having just slipped 24 places to 94 on the back of a shocking Euro 2012 qualifying campaign where they only won once at home and this record is likely to continue against a side who started their World Cup qualifying campaign last Friday with an impressive 8-1 drubbing of Liechtenstein.
Sweden to beat Kazakhstan @ 7/100
Qualifying specialists Sweden have failed to reach just two World Cups or European Championships in over two decades and if they are to miss out this time, it’s unlikely to be because of Kazakhstan.
Miroslav Beranek’s team are yet to beat a top-20 FIFA-ranked side and the likes of Zlatan Ibrahomovic and Johan Elmander will definitely have enough to ensure they don’t start here, even if they were just minutes away from a famous victory over the Republic of Ireland in their opener before a late double consigned them to an agonising 2-1 defeat.
Poland to beat Moldova @ 19/100
Having proved themselves worthy Euro 2012 hosts with a couple of excellent performances, Poland return to the qualification arena in a very tricky group.
Along with favourites England, Group H also contains Euro 2012 play-off losers Montenegro and co-hosts Ukraine.
As such, games against the likes of Moldova (and fellow whipping boys San Marino) represent an important chance to enhance goal difference.
While Poland might struggle to match England’s 5-0 victory, the likes of Borussia Dortmund pair Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Błaszczykowski have enough quality to guarantee a comfortable victory.
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