Croatia, Greece, Portugal and France favoured in World Cup play-offs
Following the draw for the play-offs of the European section of World Cup qualification there are four teams who are strongly fancied to progress to Brazil next summer, these being Croatia, France, Portugal and Greece who are all odds-on to make it to the finals.
Croatia seem to have got the most straight forward draw on paper as they take on Iceland over two legs and Stan James make them a best price of just 2/9 to qualify from those two contests. They can also be backed at 2/1 with 888sport to win both the home and away legs which looks a pretty decent price as well.
France, who were unseeded going into the draw for the play-offs are favourites to progress after being handed two ties with Ukraine, although England will testify as to how difficult a side they are to break down. The French are nonetheless just 4/11 with Stan James to make it through the play-off.
The tightest play-off contest in terms of the odds is Greece against Romania although it is the 2004 European Champions who are the marginal favourites for success at a best price of 4/6 to qualify whilst Romania are behind at 11/10.
Finally, Portugal meet Sweden in what is being billed as a showdown between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a place in the greatest tournament in the sport. It is Ronaldo’s Portugal side who are favourites to come out on top at a best price of 1/2 to qualify, again with Stan James whilst Sweden are available at 6/4.
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