Preview of the day

Preview of the day (31 Aug, 2017)

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France – Netherlands

France may be one of Euro 2016 finalists and have one of the most talented groups of footballers right now, but she is still lagging behind in her battle for World Cup qualification next summer.

Her 2-1 defeat in Stockholm in her last competitive match leaves her 2nd in their group, level on points with leading Sweden but having dropped points in two of her six games already.

Netherlands performed badly and ended up missing out on the tournament in France last summer and her bad performance has continued through into this campaign. Netherlands has lost two of her six qualifying matches so far and drew one, putting her 3rd in the table and three points behind the top spot holders.

France have won four, drawn one, and lost two of her last seven meetings with Netherlands.

Our predictions: France to win

Bulgaria – Sweden

Bulgaria performed quite well, winning three of her six qualifying matches so far and scoring an impressive nine goals. However, with Sweden, France, and Netherlands all in her group, the task to win will be formidable. Currently, she sits 4th in the table and four points away from the top of the group.

Sweden’s last outing was a 1-1 friendly away draw against Norway, continued with four consecutive victories, including a stunning 2-1 win against France and a 3-2 win over Portugal in a friendly match. Despite the loss of Sweden’s all-time top goal scorer, this team is actually scoring a lot of goals at the moment.

Sweden has won seven and drew one with her last eight matches with Bulgaria even though last game was played way back in 2005.

Our predictions: Win for Sweden

Cyprus – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cyprus have beaten the awful Gibraltar twice and won against Kazakhstan in a friendly, a draw at home against Estonia and losing to Portugal to make up their last five results.

This boosts her to 4th in the World Cup qualifying group, but with her two easiest fixtures already played, her chances of bridging the five point gap between the top teams and the potential qualifying for World Cup is extremely slim.

On the other hand, Bosnia and Herzegovina by comparison has a relatively star studded squad; including new Arsenal left back Sead Kolasinac, Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic, and top scorer Edin Dzeko. The visitors, unlike their opponents, actually do have a realistic chance of qualifying for the World Cup. Bosnia and Herzegovina lie 3rd in the table, just a point behind the potential playoff spot of 2nd top and five points away leading Belgium.

Bosnia and Herzegovina have won two and lost one of her three previous meetings with Cyprus.

Our predictions: Win for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hungary – Latvia

It’s been a very disappointing overall campaign for both these sides so far. Hungary, who made it to Euro 2016 did pretty well and is on the stronger side but were vulnerable at times. Thus backing both teams to score could be the smart move here with good odds available.

Latvia clearly has had a shocking campaign in truth and has already been eliminated. The fact that she is below both Andorra and the Faroe Islands tells you how badly she started. Aside from a 1-0 win in Andorra, she lost all her matches, conceding 2 goals per game on average.

Hungary won 2-0 in Latvia earlier in the group and won 3 of the last 4 meetings.

Our predictions: Home win for Hungary

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