So Geoff the prediction squirrel failed on his first attempt at an accumulator. He has been cursing Italy and Norway ever since, and I for one cannot blame him.
However, midweek internationals bring a new challenge and a chance for Geoff to rectify himself. He has looked to the world champions, the Three Lions, Les Bleus and… err…Armenia to bring the money in this Tuesday.
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Spain to beat Georgia @ 13/100
Do I even really need to explain why it makes sense to back Spain in this one? They are Spain… that about covers it. But to make up the word count, here goes nothing.
The reigning European and world champions travel to Georgia to begin their qualifying campaign, having won Euro 2012 with no strikers, and beaten Saudi Arabia 5-0 in a warm-up game at the weekend.
The Georgians began their Group I commitments with an impressive 1-0 home win over Belarus on Friday thanks to a strike from Tornike Okriashvili.
However, against Spain, who drew one and won five at Euro 2012, they will surely come unstuck when facing the numerous world-class players the Spanish boast, including Barcelona’s David Villa, who scored a penalty on his international comeback on Friday after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.
Armenia to beat Bulgaria @ 9/2
Armenia are fast becoming one of my favourite European teams and are very quietly going about their business of soon qualifying for a big tournament.
As I explained in Friday’s ‘Goals Galore’ article, the Armenians accumulated 17 points in their Euro 2012 qualifying group, narrowly missing out to the Republic of Ireland, and scored in every single away game.
Having scraped a 1-0 win in Malta at the weekend, they look to take on the Bulgarians, who are devoid of Dimitar Berbatov and Stilyan Petrov, their two best players in campaigns gone by.
Despite picking up an impressive point at home to Italy on Friday, the 9/2 on offer on Armenia nabbing an away win seems too good too pass up and what’s more, it bulks up the price of this accumulator tremendously, so sayeth Geoff.
England to beat Ukraine @ 12/25
You can only beat what’s put in front of you (try telling that to your local baker) but England impressed when they disposed of Moldova by a 5-0 scoreline on Friday.
A professional performance from Roy Hodgson’s charges sent the from-one-extreme-to-another English media into a frenzy and sets them up nicely for Tuesday’s home game with Ukraine.
Having played them as recently as Euro 2012, winning 1-0 on that occasion, England will look to defeat the Andriy Shevchenko-less outfit at Wembley for a second World Cup qualifying campaign in a row, having won 2-1 thanks to Peter Crouch and John Terry goals in April 2009.
Backing the Three Lions at odds of 12/25 seems safe enough, despite Terry’s omission due to injury. With Gary Cahill or Phil Jagielka capable of filling in, expect England to ruin Ukraine’s start to this particular qualifying campaign.
France to beat Belarus @ 11/50
Finally we come to France, good old dependable… erm…France.
But seriously, Les Bleus know they have to stop becoming ‘le but’ (that means ‘goal’ in French, fnyar, fnyar!) of people’s jokes and qualify from a group which includes Spain.
After scraping past Finland on Friday thanks to an Abou Diaby goal, Didier Deschamps’ side will surely be able to see their way past a Belarus outfit which lost their first game of the campaign in Georgia.
The Belarusians actually won the previous meeting between the two in September 2010 at the Stade de France 1-0, but you would have to assume that with the fire-power of Franck Ribery, Jeremy Menez and Karim Benzema, a repeat performance would be unlikely.
So that’s the midweek selection. Now we have had it for sunny summer weather in 2012 it seems, football is pretty much the only thing we have to keep our lives bright and worthwhile. More to life? Don’t be ridiculous!
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