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European World Cup Qualifiers Odds & Picks – Matchday 6 (Sept 7)

Josh Ricker

by Josh Ricker in Soccer

Sep 6, 2021 · 2:54 PM PDT

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Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the World Cup 2022 group G qualifying soccer match between the Netherlands and Montenegro at the Philips stadium in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
  • On Tuesday, September 7th, starting at 12:00 pm EST, 13 European World Cup Qualifiers will be taking place as a part of Matchday 6
  • Tuesday will be highlighted by the following matches: Austria vs Scotland, the Netherlands vs Turkey, and France vs Finland
  • Get the odds, our analysis and betting prediction below

The first significant international break is coming to its close this week. But on Tuesday, fans around the world are in store for an exciting slate of matches, featuring 13 World Cup Qualifiers across Europe. These 13 matches represent the start of Matchday 6 of the European World Cup Qualifiers, which take place on Wednesday of this week as well.

As we approach Matchday 6, we can also look back on what has been an exciting first half of World Cup Qualifying. Most teams in groups A through J have played five matches already, meaning they are breaking into the second half of their qualifying campaign.

The groups are starting to really take shape, but there all already some surprising table positions.

European World Cup Qualifiers Matchday 6 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
Azerbaijan vs Portugal +1500 +800 -650
Denmark vs Israel -300 +450 +800
Austria vs Scotland -120 +275 +350
Netherlands vs Turkey -300 +475 +750
France vs Finland -600 +700 +1600
Montenegro vs Latvia -245 +370 +700
Croatia vs Slovenia -160 +300 +475
Ireland vs Serbia +235 +245 +120
Faroe Islands vs Moldova +135 +215 +240
Russia vs Malta -700 +950 +1300
Slovakia vs Cyprus -250 +390 +700
Bosnia vs Kazakhstan -360 +550 +850
Norway vs Gibraltar -10000 +2800 +6500

Odds as of September 6th at DraftKings

For people unaware, the ten winners of groups A through J automatically advance to the 2022 World Cup. The runners-up will then join the second round of qualifying, where the final three European team will advance to the world’s most popular football competition.

So far, the most surprising results have come from Groups G and H. In Group G, the Netherlands has found themselves in second place to their Tuesday opponent, Turkey, making that fixture all the more important. Furthermore, in Group H, Russia has a slight advantage on 2018 World Cup runners-up, Croatia.

Elsewhere, in Group F, Scotland and Austria find themselves respectively in third and fourth place behind Israel and Denmark. Those two countries also play each other on Tuesday afternoon, making it another one to keep your eye on.

Austria vs Scotland

The first highlighted match on Tuesday is between Austria and Scotland at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. For Scotland, they are only two points outside of second place in Group F. The side captained by Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson, is trying to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1998.

In the current break, they lost away to Denmark by a score of 2-0, and snuck a narrow victory over Moldova thanks to a Lyndon Dykes goal.

Similarly, Austria also beat Moldova during this World Cup Qualifier break, but fell by a margin of three goals to Israel. They will also be without Marcel Sabitzer and Julian Baumgartlinger due to injury. Nonetheless, with Marko Arnautovic leading the line and David Alaba coming up the left flank, this side can produce instant offense.

Still, I personally think Scotland have more depth and favor them in a major upset to retain their third place spot.

Pick: Scotland moneyline (+350)

Netherlands vs Turkey

Next, the Netherlands host Turkey at the famous Amsterdam ArenA at 2:45 pm EST. While Turkey have the top spot in Group G, they are still looking to move past their poor showing at the Euro 2020 tournament.

Both of these sides have picked up a win and a draw in this international break, but the Netherlands have looked to be the far better side. With Louis van Gaal back in change of the Oranje, their offense was flying in their last match against Montenegro.

Memphis Depay continued his hot scoring form for club and country, putting in two goals in that match, while Gini Wijnaldum and Cody Gakpo added the others. There is not a ton of value in betting the moneyline for this match, but I do favor the Netherlands to go on and win this World Cup Qualifier by a couple of goals.

Pick: Netherlands -1.5 (-110)

France vs Finland

Finally, the last World Cup Qualifier to look out for is between France and Finland, playing at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. This match is intriguing, because these two countries have both been surprising in the last week.

France dropped points in both matches they played, drawing to Bosnia and Ukraine. This is very uncharacteristic for a side that normally dominates their opponents, no matter the competition. Didier Deschamps is working with a very rotated side including the likes of Antony Martial, Adrian Rabiot and Kurt Zouma. However, I think most fans and pundits would still expect them to go on and easily win some of these qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Finland expectedly beat Kazakhstan, but surprisingly drew to Wales. With that being said, I think it is fair to say Finland has a great chance at making this one close.

Pick: Finland +1.5 (+135)

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