Category: World Cup



The accumulator special was focused on three games being played on the 9th of October in the World Cup qualifiers

We have recommended the following accumulator:

Spain to Win
Israel – Spain

Austria to Win
Moldova – Austria

Italy to Win
Albania – Italy


The games end in the following results:

Israel 0 – 1 Spain
Despite the fact that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui rested first-team regulars in Monday’s qualifier against Israel, La Roja did well to beat Israel in their last group game. The Spaniards dominated the game, but they failed to break the deadlock in the first-half of the match. Julen Lopetegui’s men, though, managed to open the scoring in the 76th minute of the game, with former Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illaramendi scoring the winner for the visitors. The ball rebounded and arrived at the feet of the Real Sociedad player just outside the box and he fired a terrific shot inside the right post. Spain defended their slim lead without any difficulties and, taking everything into account, they finished their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in style. It has to be noted that Israel had no more than one shot on target during the match.

76′ Asier Illarramendi 0 -1

Moldova 0 – 1 Austria
Austria finished their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in style, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Serbia and Moldova. The Austrians failed to find the net in the first half of Monday’s clash against the former Soviet republic, but Moldova defender Ionita made it easier for the visitors as he was sent off in the 55th minute of the match. Das Team managed to turn their dominance into opening goal after 69 minutes, with Louis Schaub finding the net for Marcel Koller’s men. Marko Arnautovic provided an assist for the Rapid Wien midfielder and the 22-year-old footballer scored the winner on empty-net. Taking everything into account, Austria totally deserved to win their last group game as Moldova has no more than 4 goal attempts during the match. However, that did not help Marcel Koller’s charges book their place in the play-offs as they finished the process in 4th place in Group D.

69′ Louis Schaub 0 – 1

Albania 0 – 1 Italy
After failing to beat Macedonia at Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Italy were desperate to pick up all three points from Monday’s clash against Albania. Coach Gian Piero Ventura decided not to rest key players against Albania and his decision proved fruitful. Lazio attacker Ciro Immobile produced a shot from inside the box on the stroke of half time, but his attempt only rattled the crossbar. Lorenzo Insigne was close to scoring the opener 15 minutes into the second half and the Azzurri eventually managed to break the deadlock in the 73rd minute of the match. Leonardo Spinazzola sent a precise lofted cross into the box, with Antonio Candreva finding the net for the Italians. Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha had no chance and the Lazio winger made it 1-0. Candreva could have scored a brace in the dying minutes of the match, but this time out the goalkeeper denied his effort with a brilliant save.

73′ Andrea Candreva 0 – 1

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On the edge of missing out on the World Cup 2018

On the edge of missing out on the World Cup 2018

2018 World Cup qualifiers are heating up. Several big teams have been struggling in the process and it remains to be seen who will miss out on a place at the showpiece tournament in Russia. In this blog’s special we highlight 3 teams that are on the edge of missing out on the World Cup 2018. Big changes should be made in order to qualify and set a good result in the worlds most important tournament.

the Netherlands

the Netherlands failed to book their place at Euro 2016 and they have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers as well. The Oranje have collected only seven from possible 15 points in their qualifying group and, as expected, coach Danny Blind paid price for poor results. The Dutch FA have yet to appoint a new coach, but regardless of who will take over the reins, Netherlands are on a very difficult quest in the World Cup qualifiers. Arjen Robben is still part of the Dutch national team, but he is nearing the end of his playing days and it is more than obvious that he is no longer capable of producing scintillating displays at this level. The lack of star players seems to be the biggest problem for the Oranje and it is no surprise many football predictions suggest that they will miss out on a place at next year’s tournament in Russia. It is well known that Netherlands missed back-to-back World Cup finals (1982 and 1986) and, no doubt, they will give 100% to avoid such a scenario this time out. The Oranje did not participate at the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea as well.


It has been 31 years since Argentina won their last World Cup trophy. La Albiceleste are eager to regain the prestigious title, but they have been playing below expectations in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and, no doubt, they will be more than happy should they happen to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia. Edgardo Bauza’s men suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Bolivia in La Paz in their last qualifying match, but it has to be noted that Barcelona superstar Leo Messi missed the match with injury. “The Argentine Magician” and Co. occupy fifth place in the South America World Cup qualifying group and it has to be noted that sixth-placed Ecuador are breathing down their neck. Argentina failed to qualify for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and it remains to be seen if the history is going to repeat itself.


United States of America have been participating at the FIFA World Cup finals since 1990, but they could miss out on a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Yanks did well to make it to the knockout stages of the 2014 tournament in Brazil, but they have been having their ups and downs in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. USA have already suffered two defeats in the process and it is no surprise they sit in fourth place in the standings after four rounds. Anyhow, Bruce Arena’s men will have to be on top of their game in the remainder of the process if they are to qualify for the World Cup finals.

As things stand now, Netherlands are seen as main favorites to miss the FIFA World Cup in Russia as they have been totally out of form of late. The Oranje have yet to face France on the road in the qualifiers and I would not be surprised if they fail to book their place at the finals of the prestigious tournament for the first time since 2002.