England may have already secured their place in the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia – but Scotland are now in prime position to get into the play-offs. However, it looks likely that they’ll need to win in Slovenia to make it, unless Slovakia fail to beat Malta. We’ve tips for Slovenia vs Scotland, Slovakia and Malta, and Lithuania vs England.
Slovenia vs Scotland (Sunday 5.00)
Best Odds: 13/8 Slovenia, Draw 13/5, Scotland 2/1
A win for Scotland books their place in the World Cup Play-Offs, whilst defeat against Slovenia means they’re certain to miss out as the Slovenians will move ahead on goal-difference. Meanwhile, a draw gives the Scots an outside chance, but they’d need Slovakia to fail to land odds of 1/14 against Malta. Scotland did beat Slovenia 1-0 at home earlier in the campaign, but Slovenia have also been good at home, beating Lithuania 4-0, Malta 2-0, Slovakia 1-0, and drawing 0-0 with England. It looks a tough match to call in the outright market, but odds of around 8/11 or 4/5 for both teams not to score are very interesting. That’s because only one team has scored in Slovenia’s last 8 World Cup Qualifiers, and 14 of their last 16 Internationals. Meanwhile, only one team has scored in 6 of Scotland’s 9 World Cup Qualifiers.
Both Teams Not To Score @ 9/10 BetVictor
Slovakia vs Malta (Sunday 5.00)
Best Odds: Slovakia 1/14, Draw 18/1, Malta 55/1
Malta haven’t been as bad as everyone expected them to be and, amazingly, they’ve only been beaten 2-0 in all of their four away games in Group F. Meanwhile. Slovakia may have lost out to England to a 95th minute goal, but they’ve otherwise kept the invaders at bay with 4-0, 1-0 and 3-0 wins over Lithuania, Slovenia and Scotland. Therefore, a Slovakia win to nil looks a highly likely result. However, as the odds of that aren’t very big, Slovakia to win 2-0 looks the value.
Slovakia To Win 2-0 @ 11/2 BetVictor
Lithuania vs England
Best Odds: Lithuania 10/1, Draw 7/2, England 3/8 (Sunday 5.00)
As England have already wrapped up Group F, it will be no surprise to see England field a completely different team to the one that played against Slovenia, especially with Premier League Managers keen for their star players not to get injured. However, though nobody may be trying 100%, a touch of personnel should still see England come out on top with players eager to impress with a view of making the World Cup Squad. However, it may take 45 minutes of football for this new-look team to gel and, as England have a habit of not scoring until the second-half on their travels, a half-time/full-time result of Draw/England could be the call.
Half-time/Full-time: Draw/England @ 7/2 Marathon