World Cup qualifying matches – Top tips for Thursday evening
We bring you our selection of what we believe are the top five picks for Thursday evening's World Cup qualifying action
October 5th, 2016
The Republic of Ireland and Wales are in the search for more points on Thursday evening, however elsewhere across the continent countless teams will have their sights fixed securely on the World Cup in 2018. Who will be the winners and losers in this second round of qualifying games? We at Footballscores.com bring you our choice of picks from Thursday evening’s round of matches from across the continent.
Moldova v Serbia
Serbia were held to a 2-2 draw in Belgrade by the Republic of Ireland in their opening World Cup qualifying match and as such they will be desperate to pick up a maximum points haul on Thursday night. The Serbians are clear favourites to win against a Moldova side which were thrashed 4-0 by a strong Welsh outfit in their opening game although at just 2/5 for a Serb victory we’ll be looking elsewhere to grab some additional value, this coming in the form of a Serbia win-to-nil against a Moldovan outfit which struggle in front of goal.
Liechtenstein v Albania
Albania launched their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup with victory over Macedonia in their opening fixture and they will be in high spirits heading into Thursday night’s clash with minnows Liechtenstein. The tiny host nation continue to suffer hammerings in each outing and with twenty goals conceded in their last four games we believe that they will struggle badly against Albania.
Iceland v Finland
Iceland weren’t expected to make it out of the group stages at Euro 2016 but they put in an impressive showing, dumping England out of the tournament in the knockout stages before finally succumbing to host nation France. They impressed in their opening World Cup qualifier by holding Ukraine to a 1-1 draw and can build upon this on Thursday night when Finland come to town. Finland were held to a draw by Kosovo in their opening qualifier, this result extending their winless run to some ten matches and as such we’ll be siding with Iceland to seal the points on Thursday with Finland scoring what will be a purely consolatory goal.
Kosovo v Croatia
The Kosovans made their competitive international debut in their opening qualifier and enjoyed a decent 1-1 draw with Finland, however they will find the going much harder when they face Croatia on Thursday night. Croatia drew with Turkey in their opening qualifying match and they will be confident of overcoming Kosovo with relative ease in their second qualifying outing. We share their optimism.
Turkey v Ukraine
Both Turkey and Ukraine were held to draws in their respective opening games therefore they will both be determined to seal maximum points in what looks set to be a pretty tight group. Home advantage could count for a lot in this close qualifying group and as such, we’ll be siding with the Turks to seal the three points on Thursday night.