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The World Cup Qualifiers often bring us seemingly lopsided matches. Indeed, seeing two teams that would never normally meet is part of the charm of the process. However, with big things expected of England following their heartbreak at the European finals and San Marino’s position at dead last in group I without a win to their name, this may be the biggest underdog fight of any World Cup Qualifier tips betting.
How exactly does one approach their World Cup Qualifier predictions with two teams with such immensely different expectations? We suppose stranger things have happened than an unlikely win here, but it would be an upset for the ages. It seems that instead, we’ll have to think outside the box for our World Cup Qualifier predictions today, to find you a market with decent odds value.
The good news is that if you fancy backing San Marino to shock the world and beat England here, you’ll enjoy some very favourable odds. The bad news is that the lack of faith from the bookies looks to be well deserved. It has been a disastrous qualification process for San Marino. Not only have they not won a single game during this entire stint in Group I, but they never even looked close to doing so.
It actually began with a 5-0 loss to England, and their only goal came in their largest defeat: a 7-1 disaster against the Polish team. A goal from 21 year old Nicola Nanni is their solitary success. Unfortunately for San Marino, the common World Cup Qualifier tips predictions are backed by a lot of evidence.
Heading into England’s match with Albania, they remained favourites but there was certainly still room for doubt that World Cup Qualifier weekend. They had drawn against Hungary the month before, alongside Poland back in September. So, inconsistent form alongside a burned out Harry Kane meant that an Albanian upset seemed possible. Not likely, but possible. Then they came roaring back with a confident 5-0 victory – which featured a Kane hat-trick – silencing many doublers, alongside goals from Maguire and Henderson. Not only that but they achieved all that in the first half.
Finally, they looked like a team worthy of their reputation and a serious threat in the upcoming World Cup. That’s assuming, of course, that they beat San Marino – which at this moment looks extremely likely according to most World Cup Qualifier predictions today.
Seven has been unlucky for San Marino when it comes to facing off against the England team. Seven times they’ve faced one another, seven times England has remained victorious. Again, there’s few surprises from our research for this World Cup Qualifier weekend.
The most recent came, as mentioned before, at the start of the qualification process with a 5-0 win for England. This saw goals from four different players, many of whom remain attacking threats. The largest victory for England came in an 8-0 mauling in 2013. San Marino inflicted a single goal back in 1993 (another 7-1 result as it happens) meaning any goal from this microstate would be historic.
You may be surprised to learn that San Marino and England have faced one another so many times in the past, they seem like the kind of teams that would rarely meet. With that in mind, we’ve provided some statistical highlights to help you wrap your head around all the important World Cup Qualifier predictions details.
A simple 1X2 betting tip here, aside from being rather obvious, would simply not provide us with adequate odds quality. With that in mind, our betting tip is for total away goals to be over 5.5
San Marino’s odds are 100/1, making them one of the biggest underdog teams we have ever come across. It’s fair to say then that in backing either team to win, you’ll end up either putting money on something incredibly unlikely, or something that has such small returns it barely feels worth bothering. Instead, we’re looking at Total Goals for a more interesting set of markets.
We think that over 5.5 goals seems very possible. This is the last game of the qualification process and we think England will want to score big here to hammer home their position as contenders before the World Cup. They managed 5-0 before and considering their recent form, they could certainly beat that here – especially considering Poland managed 7-1 in September, and Italy went 7-0 in a friendly in May. As six goals doesn’t seem too tough a challenge, and provides decent odds value, we’re making Total Away Goals over 5.5 our World Cup Qualifier prediction today.
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