The FIFA World Cup makes its next stop in Qatar in 2022. For the first time ever, the tournament will be played in the winter, in the Northern hemisphere. The reason is to avoid the distressing heat during the summer.
As a result, the qualifiers have begun to determine the 31 other countries from the six FIFA confederations. Particularly, in Europe, the 55 countries have been split into five groups of five and six, i.e. 10 groups.
The European confederation (UEFA) has 13 allotted slots for the finals. The winners of the 10 groups will qualify automatically for the World Cup. The runners-up from the groups and the two highest-ranked teams from the Nations League which are yet to qualify will fight for the three remaining berths.
Here are five European teams and their possibilities of delivering over 2.5 returns for punters.
After failing to bring football home in Russia, the Three Lions begin their journey to next year’s tournament.
Gareth Southgate’s men have been grouped alongside Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra and San Marino. However, they play San Albania and Poland next week.
The 50-year old manager will look to use this window to figure out his best eleven ahead of the Euros in the Summer.
Players like Phil Foden and Jesse Lingard will be hungry to impress the manager ahead of the Euros.
With or without Harry Kane in attack against Albania, England should win convincingly, scoring plenty of goals.
The real test is when they host Robert Lewandowski’s Poland at the Wembley stadium. Even then, it is expected to be end-to-end with more than two goals scored.
Denmark has been on the up since the appointment of manager, Kasper Hjulmand.
The Red and Whites were drawn alongside Belgium and England in the UEFA Nations League. They finished second ahead of the Three Lions. Up until the final day, Denmark remained in contention for the top spot.
Hjulmand’s men have won five of their last six matches with three of them ending with at least three goals.
Christian Eriksen is a different player when he plays for the Scandinavian country. The Inter Milan midfielder scored four goals in six appearances in the group stage of the UEFA Nations League.
Denmark plays Moldova and Austria in this window. Betting on over 2.5 goals in these fixtures looks sure to deliver great returns.
After a mediocre performance at the 2018 World Cup, Luis Enrique has come in and turned the tides for La Roja (The Red One).
The 2010 World Cup champions are through to the semi-final of League A in the UEFA Nations League. They hit Germany for six in the final group stage match.
Enrique’s men have not failed to qualify for the World Cup since 1974. They play Georgia and Kosovo next in this window.
Spain is the overwhelming favourite to win this group based on the rankings and inherent quality of the teams. Hence, an over 1.5 goals bet in these matches is a must-have for smart punters.
Joachim Low has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as coach of Die Mannschaft after the Euros. Therefore, he will be keen to end his reign on a strong note.
The former World Champions were underwhelming at the UEFA Nations League. However, Low’s men defeated Iceland 3-0 comfortably in the first World Cup qualifying match.
Germany is drawn alongside Iceland, Romania, North Macedonia and Latvia and Armenia. They face Romania and North Macedonia next week.
The attacking prowess of the Germans should be enough to stroll past these opponents and score at least three goals in each game.
Germany has recorded over 2.5 goals in the last five matches it has been involved in.