Early bird value: Three juicy World Cup play-off bets to attack

At the beginning of a huge week for eight European nations looking to qualify for the greatest football show on Earth news.bwin.com/en/ have unearthed three bets that are likely to take a severe battering from value hunters.

Our advice would be to get on early and nick the inflated price before the bwin traders notice!

Back Ukraine to beat France @ 2/1

Les Bleus would have been delighted with the way the balls dropped in the qualifying draw in terms of avoiding Portugal but a trip to Kiev will pose plenty of problems for Didier Deschamps’ men.

Mykhaylo Fomenko’s tricky team lost just one match in Group H, finishing only one point behind England and the markets have severely underestimated their capabilities of heading to the second leg with a victory.

The likes of Franck Ribery and Olivier Giroud will head east knowing Ukraine haven’t conceded more than two goals at home in a World Cup qualifier in 23 matches while sketchy France have failed to score in four of their last five away matches.

Back Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score first for Sweden v Portugal @ 6/1

Portugal have never beaten Sweden at home, losing four of the seven meetings, and any punters thinking about taking the 7/10 on a home win will need to go have their brain examined after placing the bet.

One bet sticks out like a sore thumb at the early prices and is expected to generate plenty of action over the next few days: Ibrahimovic to score.

He looks great value to outshine fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo with the Zlatan-swagger hitting unprecedented levels having scored 14 goals in his last eight games across all competitions.

Back Iceland to beat Croatia @ 3/1

There’s no getting away from the fact that Iceland will never have a better chance of qualifying for their first World Cup than this two-legged affair.

Croatia, although possessing powerful ammunition, are in a bit of turmoil.

Former boss Igor Stimac was given his P45 after a disappointing end to the group stages and new man Niko Kovac takes charge of his first match with the pressure cranked up to maximum levels.

Lars Lagerback has put together a very easy on the eye Iceland side that includes the talents of Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigporsson and Tottenham’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and, in front of a raucous crowd in Reykjavik, they can fire their country to a first-leg lead.