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As World Cup Qualifying Reaches Crunch Stage, There's A European Flavour To Our Weekly Flutter

Friday 11th October 2013
Due to the international break, this week's picks are taken from Friday's 2014 World Cup qualifiers, which promise to be exciting affairs with place in Brazil up for grabs for many teams. We take a look at two matches in Group A, where Croatia host Belgium in a top of the table clash, while at the other end, Wales lock horns with Macedonia. Our third and final pick comes in Group C where second placed Sweden take on Austria who are one place and three points behind them. A successful £20 with Bet Victor will wins a staggering £262.55!

Croatia v Belgium to draw @11/5

Croatia and Belgium meet in Zagreb for arguably the crunch clash of the day. Belgium currently lead the way in Group A but a defeat on the road in Croatia will take the fight for automatic qualification right down to the wire. The visitors have been in blistering form so far, picking up an impressive 22 points from a possible 24, leading many to suggest that they could go all the way in Brazil...(providing they get there)

However, Croatia are the only team to prevent them from winning so far and after drawing in Brussels earlier in the campaign, they will be looking to take all three points on home soil. It promises to be a cracking encounter at the Maksimir Stadium but Belgium's quality should see them come away with a point at 11/5.

Wales to beat Macedonia @ 11/8

At the opposite end of Group A, Wales tackle Macedonia in Cardiff. The Welsh have endured a shocking campaign to date, collecting just two wins from eight matches, leaving them battered and bruised at the bottom. However, manager Chris Coleman will be urging his troops to end on a high in their remaining two matches, and they have a great chance to come out on top at home to Macedonia on Friday.

Macedonia are just one point ahead of the Dragons but recently suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Scotland. If Coleman's men can conjure up a win then they will jump above both teams into fourth. Gareth Bale will be missed but they do have in their ranks the in-form Aaron Ramsey, who has been on fire this season. The hosts should just about edge it but it expect there to be a couple of goals at both ends.

Sweden to beat Austria @ 8/11

Although it's a long shot (25/1 to be exact) Sweden still have a chance of finishing top of Group C, although for that dream to stay alive, they simply must win on Friday, while at the same time hope that Germany suffer a shock defeat at home to the Republic of Ireland. Their immediate concern however will be securing a play-off spot. With two games to go, Erik Hamrén's men are currently three points above Austria, whom they lock horns with at the Friends Arena on Friday.

A home win will ensure that Sweden finish at least second, while a defeat would draw Austria level with just one game remaining. We are backing the hosts to come out on top in Solna.
Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 

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