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Countries You Should Put an Accumulator on this weekend?

October 05, 2016

- Grant Whittington

 

Sam Allardyce must have mixed feelings at present; after all, while he has been sacked by England after just 67 days in charge, he is also the first Three Lions boss to leave the post with a 100% record.

Fortunately, his former England charges have no time to reflect on Big Sam’s demise, particularly with another round of World Cup qualifying on the horizon. With U-21 boss Gareth Southgate taking temporary charge, the Three Lions will face Malta at Wembley before travelling to Slovenia just three days later.

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Of course, England are not the only team in action, so it is worth looking at the selections that can contribute to a winning accumulator. Here are our top five picks for the weekend commencing 7th October: –

  1. Portugal to Beat Andorra, 7th October

While Portuguese fans may well remember their nation’s shock home defeat against Albania just two, short years ago, Cristiano Ronaldo’s have since emerged as the champions of Europe following their success at Euro 2016. With this in mind, their game against the minnows from Andorra should be a mere formality, particularly with CR7 fully fit again after his summer injury.

  1. Germany to Beat the Czech Republic, 8th October

Let’s face facts, the Czechs were poor at the Euros, while Germany looked superb until they were beaten by a well-organised and counter-attacking French team in the semi-finals. They are also the defending world champions and front-runners in the latest World Cup qualifying odds, so they should have no issue with comfortably beating the Czechs and continuing their march.

  1. England to Beat Malta, 8th October

While the shock departure of Allardyce is likely to compound the lingering hangover from a disappointing Euros, England remains heavy favourites to beat a limited Maltese side at Wembley. After all, if there is one thing that the Three Lions does well it is qualifying for major tournaments, while the sheer quality of their attacking players should prove decisive.

  1. Spain to Beat Albania, 9th October

Can Albania, who performed so capably at the Euros, possibly repeat their previous heroics when they face Spain on October 9th? We fear not, particularly with Spain rebuilding well after a torrid World Cup in 2014. While the Spaniards flattered to deceive at Euro 2016, they are beginning to usher in a new generation of stars while Chelsea striker Diego Costa has given them a genuine threat and presence in attack.

  1. Germany to Beat San Marino, 11th October

Back in 2006, Germany set a European Championship qualifying record when they thrashed a hapless San Marino side 13-0 in the tiny republic. They will be looking for a repeat when they return this October, with the only realistic question being how many they will score rather than whether or not they will emerge as victorious in the first place.

 

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