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JustBet: World Cup play-offs take centre stage

BY CHRISTOPHER
SAWYERS
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Friday, November 10, 2017

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Tomorrow there are some fascinating World Cup fixtures on show with teams battling for a place in Russia 2018, with all involved realistically retaining hope of qualifying for the big showpiece in Russia.

JustBet offers the two most high-profile encounters of this round with powerful Sweden hosting the classy Italians, and in Central America CONCACAF standard-bearers Honduras host the Socceroos of Australia.

For the first game on today, Sweden will host Italy in a game that is the highest-profile clash of the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Italy had a strong campaign but, in the end, couldn't stay with the imperious table-toppers Spain. Sweden too had a great run, but in the end the classy French team was just too strong to overpower. The Swedes are monstrous at home, as they only dropped two points on their patch during the campaign. they also dispatched the French team 2-1, which suggests they will be hard to beat in this tie. The Italians have a tough job on their hands here, but will rely on their defensive strength to get at least a draw away and unleash their impressive attacking threat back home as Sweden aren't great travellers.

Interestingly and surprisingly, Sweden have lost just once in their last eight home games with Italy. the Swedes can light up this tie by taking a home win in this one just as they defeated the French at home to qualify for this play-off. With no Zlatan in their ranks, the Swedes will look to their “magical” winger Emil Fosberg to do the job for them

My betting tip? A narrow win for Sweden and under 2.5 goals in the game.

The JustBet odds on the match are as follows:

Sweden to win $3.25, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $3,250.

Italy to win $2.30, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $2,300.

Odds of a draw, $3.00, which means that a $1.000 bet would pay $3,000.

Odds on the home team (Sweden) winning the game 2-1 at full-time, $12.00, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $12,000.

Odds on the away team (Italy) winning the game 2-1 at full-time, $9.50, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $9,500.

Odds on the game drawing 1-1 at full-time, $5.75, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $5,750!!!

The second match of the day at 5:00 pm (local time) pits Honduras against the Australians.

The Hondurans have increased the difficulty level for the Socceroos as they have scheduled the game a couple hours earlier than normal which means the game will be played in sweltering heat at the intimidating Sa Pedro Sula Stadium. Weather forecast predict a thunderstorm and a temperature in the region of 30 C, with humidity in the 90 per cent range.

Honduras are still on a high after they miraculously came from 0-2 down to win their final game against the mighty Mexico and book their spot, while Australia overcame a spirited Syrian team to seal the right for the play-off. The momentum will be with Honduras as they have scored at least three goals per game in their last three games played at home, while the Australians have drawn five of their last six games played away from home.

My prediction is for the home team – Honduras to win.

The odds are as follows:

Honduras to win $2.00, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $2,000.

Australia to win $3.80, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $3,800.

Odds of a draw, $3.15, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $3,150

Odds on the home team (Honduras) winning the game 2-1 at full-time, $8.50, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $8,500,

Odds on the away team (Australia) winning the game 2-1 at full-time, $13.00, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $13,000.

Odds on the game drawing 1-1 at full-time, $5.75, which means that a $1,000 bet would pay $5,750!!!!!

Bets can be placed at any of the 120 JustBet locations islandwide. Individuals can visit JustBetJA.com for verification of odds and a full listing of betting options.

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