Sam Allardyce picked up three points as manager of England at the first time of asking, following a last-minute goal from Adam Lallana. Scotland brushed aside a 10-man Malta side 5-1 to top Group F, Northern Ireland fought for a hard-earned 0-0 draw against Czech Republic, Wales comfortably defeated Moldova and Republic of Ireland picked up an excellent point in Serbia.
But there’s still plenty more to come. Tonight sees both Euro 2016 finalists in action again alongside the likes of a Zlatan-less Sweden and Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, so we’ve picked out our top five bets for the evening.
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Granted, there are a few odds-on favourites in this acca, but would you say no to what looks like a 22/1 banker?
So, let’s kick this acca off…
France to beat Belarus @ 4/11
Les Bleus have a point to prove in this qualifying campaign, having come oh so close to winning Euro 2016 on home soil. And they’ll want to take their fine form from the last two years into a country where they’ve never lost against a side who boast little in the way of attacking talent.
A 3-1 victory over Italy in a friendly on Friday night will act as good preparation for a tough campaign ahead, in a group consisting of Holland, Sweden and Bulgaria.
Hungary to beat Faroe Islands @ 2/5
One of many surprise packages of the summer, Hungary finished top in a group containing eventual tournament winners Portugal, and were unfortunate to face a Belgium side who were just peaking in the last 16.
But the magic Magyars have faced this side as recent as last year, winning 2-1 in a Euro 2016 qualifier.
And Bernd Storck’s men will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent record against Faroe Islands with victory tonight.
Portugal to beat Switzerland @ 19/10
The draw specialists of the summer will be keen to prove that their Euro success was by no means a fluke as they kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign in Switzerland.
And although the last time these two sides met, Switzerland ran out 2-0 winners, a lot has changed since then.
For example, one of Portugal’s main playmakers – Renato Sanches – was an 11-year-old back when that result took place – and now he’s just been signed by Bayern Munich for a fee in the region of €35m.
Fernando Santos will be without his main man Cristiano Ronaldo, but we only need to look back to two months ago to see just how capable this side is without their most prized asset.
Belgium to beat Cyrpus @ 3/10
Following a 2-0 defeat to Spain in a friendly over the weekend, Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side have gifted a relatively straightforward group on paper, and they can hit the ground running with a third successive win in Cyprus.
The Red Devils showed sparks of what they’re capable of throughout the Euros, and it seems only a matter of time before this side goes far.
Cyrpus have only ever scored past Belgium on three occasions in nine outings, while Martinez’s men have found the net 19 times. Expect a comfortable win for the away side tonight.
Sweden to beat Holland @ 9/4
Perhaps the standout fixture of the night, Sweden face a Holland side who failed to qualify for Euro 2016, but who have found some form of late – excusing a 2-1 defeat to Greece on Friday.
But this is a Sweden side who have a lot to answer for, having failed to reach the knockout stages in France this summer, finishing bottom of a group in which they were expected to qualify from.
They will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a qualifying campaign for the first time in what feels like an eternity. But on home soil in front of just short of fifty thousand fans, only a win will do.
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