Euro qualifiers value acca predictions: La Roja to continue fine form
The race to qualify for next summer’s European Championship Finals in Germany is reaching a climax with plenty of intriguing games scheduled for Sunday, including a Group A clash that could see Spain leapfrog Scotland and take top spot.
Hosts Georgia were already assured of a play-off spot prior to the start of qualifying, thanks to their Nations League performance, and they will be looking to build some momentum in their final few group games before those crucial ties.
They have a chance to do so against Cyprus, although the reverse fixture turned out to be a tight affair.
Willy Sagnol’s team ultimately clinched victory late on in a 2-1 win success over the White and Blues, so looking at goals as opposed to a result may be a better play.
Both Georgia and Cyprus have struggled at the back throughout qualifying, conceding 13 and 21 goals respectively, making the over 2.5 goals market an appealing one.
Seven of Georgia’s last nine games have gone over 2.5 goals and, coming off the back of an 8-0 friendly victory over Thailand on Thursday that saw star men Georges Mikautadze and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia net five between them, another goalfest could be on the cards.
The Faroe Islands have never beaten the Czech Republic in six attempts, scoring zero goals in the process, and given that a win for their hosts would see them take second place in Group E, that trend looks set to continue.
The Czech Republic will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 loss to top-of-the-group Albania and this looks a perfect opportunity to do so.
Two of their last three home matches have seen over 3.5 goals and, against a side they easily dispatched 3-0 in the reverse fixture — and beat 5-0 last time they hosted their visitors — a big victory is on the cards again.
The Czechs still managed seven shots on target against Albania, despite being down to 10 men for over 50 minutes of the match, and should create plenty of chances in Plzen against a significantly weaker side.
The last time these sides met Spain dispatched Norway with ease, winning 3-0 in Luis de la Fuente’s first game in charge, before La Roja suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to Scotland.
La Roja have only improved since that night in Glasgow and have won their subsequent five games, which includes their success in the 2022-23 Nations League Finals in the summer, scoring 17 goals in those five victories, three of which came with clean sheets.
A win in Oslo would see Spain take top spot in Group A and following a strong 2-0 victory over current table-toppers Scotland on Thursday, they will be confident of beating Norway once more.
De la Fuente’s side have netted 13 times in their last three qualifiers and should have no problem adding at least two to that total against a Norway side who have shipped eight in six so far, making a win with over 1.5 goals an appealing proposition.
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