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World Cup Qualifiers: Betting Preview

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The international matches are coming thick and fast with a whopping 37 games on Tuesday and Wednesday. With so much to choose from, it can be tough to tell the must-wins from the dead rubbers. That's why we're bringing you the best picks from this round of international fixtures to help brighten up your bet slip.

The safe double @ 0.97/1
Italy v Czech Republic - home win @ 1/2

Italy are unbeaten in World Cup qualification so far this season, but drew 0-0 with the Czech Republic in Prague after having Mario Balotelli sent off. The Azzuri could book their place in Brazil with a win here, so will be giving everything. The Czech Republic are on a poor run of form after losing 2-1 at home to Armenia on Friday. Barring any calamities, the Italians should win here. 

Spain v Chile - home win @ 4/11

In the other game, Spain are always a good bet - especially at home. Chile are in good form, having lost none of their last six games, but it's impossible to look past the World and European Champions.

The funky treble @ 5.85/1

Andorra v Holland - Over 4.5 goals @ evens

Goals galore is the name of the game here as three of Europe's strongest face three of Europe's weakest. Andorra have conceded 22 goals in their World Cup qualifying campaign without reply, so expect a handsome Dutch win here.

Faroe Islands v Germany - Over 5.5 goals @ 7/4

There have been 27 goals in Germany's last five games, while the Faroes recently conceded six against Austria. The last time these two sides met, the result was 3-0 to the Germans. If you expect similar efficiency, you can swap this for Under 4.5 @ 4/5.

San Marino v Poland - Over 5.5 goals @ 11/10

European qualification's whipping boys have conceded eight against England and nine against Ukraine in recent games, and conceded five the last time these teams met. San Marino's Under-21's beat Wales Under-21's on Friday though - San Marino's first win at any level - so it's not all bad!

The star man

Rickie Lambert anytime goalscorer @ 23/10 or 2 or more goals @ 17/1

England's Rickie Lambert is pretty much the only striker Roy Hodgson has left for their game against Ukraine on Tuesday. With injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll - and with Danny Welbeck suspended - Lambert will be playing the full 90 minutes on Tuesday. Judging by his performance on Friday, Rickie is proving himself at international level and will be heavily involved in this game. Expect him to get a chance or two.

The curveball double @ 5.85/1

Armenia v Denmark - home win @ 9/5

The Armenians have been a bit of a surprise package in this group, and will believe after their 2-1 win over the Czech Republic that a play-off spot is within their grasp. A home win with a hostile crowd against a side they beat 4-0 in the previous tie makes this a decent outside shout.

USA v Mexico - home win @ 11/8

The USA's World Cup hopes are on a knife-edge after their 3-1 away defeat to Costa Rica. However, they can take solace in the fact that they're undefeated in the last three meetings against Mexico. The Mexicans sacked their coach after their 2-1 defeat against Honduras, so the USA have every chance of getting a good result.

All odds are taken from Paddy Power, and are accurate at time of writing.

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