World Cup play-offs betting preview
The final four European spots for the 2014 World Cup will be decided on Tuesday night with the conclusion of the region’s qualifying play-offs.
The pick of the quartet of matches sees Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal take a 1-0 first-leg lead to Sweden, with online bookmakers Bet365 making the home side narrow favourites to win on the night at odds of 17/10, although Portugal are 2/7 favourites to qualify across the two legs.
World Cup ’98 winners France face an uphill task as they look to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat when welcoming the ever-dangerous Ukraine.
The home side are 1.4 favourites with Winner.com to emerge victorious on the night, although Ukraine are offered at the same price to qualify from the overall tie.
Iceland, who are bidding to become the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup, played out a 0-0 draw with Croatia in their first leg, with Titan Bet making the Croats 1/3 favourites to win the second leg at home and 1/5 to qualify overall.
Greece beat Romania 3-1 at home in their first leg encounter and Bwin make the Euro 2000 winners 1.12 favourites to reach the World Cup, although the Romanians are 2.1 favourites to win on the night.