Having been feeding of scraps as far as fixtures are concerned of late, the start of the World Cup is an absolute Godsend!
Mind you, we were pretty unlucky not to notch a near 11/1 acca win with our both teams to score betting tips last week, with 4/5 selections landing and the only side that failed to score being Varbergs at IK Brage.
Working with some more familiar faces at the World Cup should hopefully enable us to pick plenty more winning selections, so without further ado let’s take a look at this week’s BTTS betting tips:
|Match||Both Teams to Score Yes/No||Odds|
|Portugal vs Spain||Yes||21/20|
|Morocco vs Iran||No||4/7|
|Croatia vs Nigeria||Yes||11/10|
|Sweden vs South Korea||No||4/6|
|GAIS vs Degerfors||Yes||4/6|
|All Five Results as an Accumulator||17.79/1|
Portugal vs Spain – Yes (21/20)
We’ll be honest: we would have expected Spain to win this game comfortably against their Mediterranean neighbours, but then the Spaniards go and sack Julen Lopetegui 48 hours or so before the game!
They will be well prepared, of course, but the dismissal of the manager will surely have some kind of adverse effect on the players.
Portugal only scored nine goals in seven games during their victorious Euro 2016 campaign, but they netted an average of 3.20 per game in qualifying with Cristiano Ronaldo finding a much-needed foil in the handy AC Milan frontman, Andre Silva.
Spain will have Sergio Ramos at the back, and for all the silverware he has won in his career he remains a slightly chaotic presence in defence. Ronaldo might just fancy getting one over on his clubmate here.
Morocco vs Iran – No (4/7)
In 16 combined qualification matches, these two conceded just two goals; an insight into how they go about their business.
Ramadan fasting may also have taken some of the vibrancy out of their attacking talents’ legs too, and so there is every reason to expect this could turn into a rather turgid dogfight with either side delighted with a 1-0 victory.
There is a genuine lack of attacking craft in both of these teams, and when two counter-attacking forces meet neither really wants to grasp the initiative.
Croatia vs Nigeria – Yes (11/10)
There is a look of top-heaviness about both of these teams, with attacking talents likely to win the day over some leaky-looking defences.
Mandzukic, Kalinic, Kramaric, Perisic, Rakitic, Modric….the attacking talents in this Croatia squad roll off the tongue, but that is offset by a potential central defensive duo of Dejan Lovren and Vedran Corluka; a terrifying prospect for their supporters. Indeed, the Croats have conceded in three of their four warm-up matches.
The same principle applies for Nigeria, whose attacking options of Musa, Ighalo, Iheanacho, Moses and Iwobi have pace and guile aplenty. In defence, their most capped players are the less-than-household names of Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo and Shehu Abdullahi.
Sweden vs South Korea – No (4/6)
Neither of these two sides is particularly inspiring, and indeed this match-up has all the makings of a snore draw.
Some 40% of Sweden’s goals in qualifying came against Kosovo, otherwise a rather flaccid return of six in eight tells you all you need to know about their lack of cutting edge in front of goal.
But that record looks positively dynamic compared to South Korea’s, whose top scorer in ten qualifiers, Ki Sung-yeung, managed just two goals.
There are some games in the World Cup where a win is a necessity, and both Sweden and South Korea will feel that pressure here.
GAIS vs Degerfors – Yes (4/6)
It’s to Sweden’s second division now, where on Monday night two teams with a penchant for a goal or two meet.
GAIS come into this game on the back of a 4-4 draw with Orgryte; a result which extends their run of BTTS verdicts to four straight matches.
As for Degerfors, a formline that reads 1-4, 4-1, 1-0, 2-2, 2-2, 3-1 holds no secrets: this is a front-foot team for whom goals have a habit of following.