Friday Football Cheat Sheet: All the best bets in one place

  • Max Liu
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Wales caretaker manager Robert Page
Page's Dragons are off to Prague on Friday night

Get our football experts' best bets for Friday's World Cup qualifiers including Wales' trip to the Czech Republic and much more...

"There have been two of goalless draws in the four past meetings. The other two have been single-goal victories for the hosts and that's worth a bet here. Czech Republic to win 1-0 is 6.05/1."

Paraguay v Argentina: Messi & co can ruin hosts' dreams

Paraguay v Argentina
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Paraguay have lost just twice in their nine qualifiers but, having drawn five, they need to beat Argentina and hope results are favourable elsewhere.

Nathan Joyes says: "Argentina have had a solid campaign, winning five and drawing on three occasions. They've probably failed to live up to their expectations in terms of topping the group, but Brazil have been far too strong for anyone.

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"This is their last away match and they'll want to finish as close to Brazil as possible and having only conceded six goals, Paraguay will struggle to get on the scoresheet. Argentina beat their opponents 1-0 in the reverse fixture and I'm expecting a similar outcome once more.

"You can back Argentina to win and both teams not to score at 2.0521/20 which is well worth a crack."

Nathan's bet: Back Argentina and both teams to score no v Paraguay @ 2.0521/20

Germany v Romania: Hosts can keep it tight

Germany 1.121/8 v Romania 30.029/1; The Draw 12.011/1
Live on Sky Sports Premier League

Dan Fitch has tips for nine of Friday's qualifiers starting with a Germany team looking to maintain their 100% record under new manager Hansi Flick.

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Dan Fitch says: "Germany are in a commanding position in Group J and a victory could be enough to see them clinch automatic qualification. Romania have only conceded once in their last four games, so a Germany win and under 3.5 goals could land at 2.111/10."

Dan's bet: Back Germany to beat Romania and under 3.5 goals at 2.111/10

Czech Republic v Wales Tips: Hosts can cash in on Bale absence

Czech Republic v Wales
Friday, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports Football

Wales face a battle with the Czechs for second spot in World Cup qualifying Group E and it could be a tough night for Robert Page's men in Prague.

Dave Tindall says: "Wales' reliance on Gareth Bale to find a goal is shown by the fact that no other Welsh player has scored in the last five matches. Just where are their goals going to come from (when he's missing in Prague)?

"At least they don't absolutely have to grab one to get something as Wales have played out three 0-0 draws in their last nine games so they are capable of clean sheets. However, they've looked leaky on the road and although the Czechs struggle for goals themselves, I can see the hosts nicking this one.

"Head-to-head records also point to a goalless draw as there have been two of those in the four past meetings (2002 and 2007). The other two have been single-goal victories for the hosts and that's worth a bet here. Czech Republic to win 1-0 is 6.05/1."

Dave's bet: 1pt Czech Republic to win 1-0 at 6.05/1

Latvia v Netherlands: More goals for Van Gaal

Latvia v Netherlands
19:45
Live on Sky Sports Red Button

Louis van Gaal is back for a third stint in charge of the Netherland and fans will be hoping they can build on an impressive opening round of matches under his management. They are joint leaders of Group G with Norway.

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Dan Fitch says: "The return of Louis van Gaal saw Holland emerge unbeaten from their three games over the last international break, which included an eye-catching 6-1 win over Turkey in their last outing. A Netherlands win and over 3.5 goals is 1.9110/11.

Dan's bet: Back Netherlands to beat Latvia and over 3.5 goals at 1.9110/11

Turkey v Norway: Take Thorstvedt to score

Turkey v Norway
19:45

It's crunch time in Group G as Norway face Turkey in Istanbul with a two-point advantage over their hosts and looking to keep pace with the Netherlands.

Paul Higham says: "Turkey got a 6-1 hiding by the Netherlands in their last game, but they did enjoy a fine 3-0 victory away in Norway earlier in qualifying - with Watford Ozan Tufan scoring twice.

"Erling Haaland's injury is just the start, with a host of players missing this big game on both sides including at the heart of Turkey's defence, which will open it up for more goals. Turkey's games so far have seen more goals than any other team in qualifying with 29 in their six."

"Norway are not only without Haaland but also Johsua King and Alexander Sorloth so although we fancy goals we have to look at some unusual suspects, and it's Kristian Thorstvedt who is of interest as he could well end up leading the line with all the absentees.

"He's got two goals and an assist so far in qualifying and the more advanced role he could be playing isn't reflected in his price of 5.79/2 to score anytime in Istanbul."

Paul's bet: Back Kristian Thorstvedt to score anytime v Turkey @ 5.79/2

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