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Portugal vs Republic of Ireland – Portugal to win
With the international break now upon us I thought we could have a bit of fun by running a new £10-500 ladder challenge running Wednesday through to Wednesday containing a total of 8 bets.
Bet 1 starts in Portugal where I fully expect Ronaldo and co to do the business against a pretty tragic Ireland side. Big Ron can actually break the all-time international scoring record tonight should he score taking his total to an incredible 110 international goals.
Been a big week for Ronaldo who has sealed his return to Old Trafford after 12 years away and will be keen to make a mark once again tonight as he so often does. Ronaldo will start alongside a typically star-studded Portugal lineup which is likely to contain Bruno Fernandes, Jota and Bernando Silva amongst us.
Ireland meanwhile will look to the Adam Idah, Troy Parrot and James McClean to provide the magic. I hope you detected my sarcasm in that statement but it says a lot when the number of the goals in the whole squad (42) is way less than half of the goals than Ronaldo has scored for Portugal.
The squad is massively lacking in quality and has the makings of a Championship side at best in reality with the most notable players in the squad both right backs in Seamus Coleman and Matt Doherty.
Portugal have 7 points from 9 so far in Group A whereas Ireland have taken 0 from their 2 games played so far and qualification for the World Cup already looks beyond them even at this early stage.
Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in 18 months I expect Portugal to wipe the floor with the Irish and register a straightforward victory this evening.
Faroe Island vs Israel – Israel to win
- Israel shouldn’t be underestimated in Group F. It’s quite clear Denmark will win the group and book a place in Qatar for World Cup 2022 but that 2nd place is up for grabs between Austria, Scotland and Israel
- Aside from a heavy opening defeat against Denmark, Israel are on four points after a draw vs Scotland and a 4-1 win away in Moldova
- Faroe are on one point from their opening match in Moldova, in their most recent two they suffered heavy defeats away to Austria (3-1) and Scotland (4-0)
- The Israel squad looks very strong for this match, they can call upon Eli Dasa of Vitesse, Nir Bitton and Liel Abada of Celtic, Manor Solomon of Shakhtar Donetsk, Eran Zahavi of PSV, Munas Dabbur of Hoffenheim and Shon Weissman of Valladolid
- Zahavi has started the season with five goals in 10 games for PSV and is only seven goals away from becoming his country’s all-time record scorer
- On to the Faroes, they’re ranked 114th in the world, Israel are 81st. The last time Faroe Islands got a competitive result against a team in the top 100 was September 2016 when they managed a 0-0 at home to Hungary
- Results have been okay against a similar level in the Nations League but they understandably struggle against any of the better football nations. An example of this was in the EURO 2020 qualifiers when they won one and lost nine. Even Romania, who finished 4th in the group, beat Faroe Islands with an aggregate score of 7-1 across both matches
- Their squad is made up with 18 players from the national league. As you can imagine the national league isn’t the best quality, it’s ranked 47th out of 55 in the UEFA coefficient list, Israel Premier League is 27th, for context
- Regarding team news, it’s bad news for the Faroes, both left backs have had to pull out of the squad because of Coronavirus. Viljormur Davidsen is the regular left back, Arí Mohr Jonsson is backup left back but also fills in in left midfield, both missing. They’re also without Rogvi Baldvinsson, he played a small part in the 4-0 defeat in Scotland back in March
- I think there’s a significant difference in quality between Israel and Faroe Islands, regardless of whether it’s being played in the Faroe Islands or not. Faroe Islands have only managed a result vs Moldova, Israel went to Moldova and won 4-0. Israel also went toe-to-toe with Scotland, although it finished 1-1, Israel had more attempts on goals, more possession and were unlucky not to get all three points
- Given the gulf in quality and the missing players for the Faroe Islands, I predict a comfortable away win. 2-0