Predictions and Best Bets for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Wednesday, September 1 (2021)

| August 30, 2021 1:38 pm PDT

We are less than 15 months away from the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The race for the final tournament is getting hotter and hotter.

This goes especially for the European sector of the qualification, where 26 teams are getting onto the pitch Wednesday.

There are some really interesting matchups among those qualifiers, which I’m now going to analyze. I’ll also share my FIFA World Cup qualifiers predictions, as well as share my opinion on what the best betting picks of the day are.

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France to Beat Bosnia

You can think of the France vs. Bosnia game as a battle between David and Goliath. However, unlike the biblical story, this one will not have a happy ending for the underdog. France is going to win the game, I’m sure of that.

France won the 2018 tournament and is the reigning FIFA World Champion. It was only the second win for France, with their first World Cup win happening exactly 20 years earlier (1998).

At first glance, it might appear that France doesn’t need to sweat too much about what happens in this game. Not winning against Bosnia would not mean the end of the world for them. After all, this team is reigning supreme over Group D of the European section of the World Cup Qualification.

However, I think Les Blues will take this game very seriously. Not only do they wish to win on Wednesday, but they want to do it in style. Their motive? To say sorry to their fans for what happened earlier this summer.

After a bleak performance at the 2020 Euros, the France national soccer team is looking to bounce back on the winning track. The French won only one of the four games they played in that tournament, which simply isn’t enough for a team of such quality.

The France manager, Didier Deschamps, decided to make some personnel changes, most notably dropping Olivier Giroud out of the squad. However, he left all of his key men on the roster including, Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Kylian Mbappe, and others.

Portugal to Beat Ireland

Have you ever heard of Ali Daei? If not, no one would blame you – he’s a former Iranian soccer player whose career ended in 2006.

So, why am I talking about the guy? Because he’s currently sharing the all-time international goalscoring record with Cristiano Ronaldo. However, CR7 has a chance to push Daei even further into oblivion by scoring against Ireland.

The Portuguese superstar who’s recently returned to Manchester United would become the sole holder of the record, but not only that – he’d also help his team make one giant leap toward the 2022 World Cup.

Portugal is currently at the top of its qualification group, although Serbia is breathing just behind. With a win over Ireland, Ronaldo and his buddies could create a points’ gap that’s too large for their rivals.

Turkey to Beat Montenegro

If there’s a team that really disappointed its fans at Euro 2020, it’s Turkey. The Turks lost each of their three games, scoring only one goal in total while allowing eight. The worst thing is their opponents weren’t too tough, excluding Italy who went on to win the trophy.

Another disappointment would be too much. This is why you can be sure Turkey will take Wednesday’s game very seriously.

Even though they have some amazing players (e.g., Hakan Calkanoglu, Burak Yilmaz, etc.), Turkey is only #39 in the FIFA Rankings.

Luckily for them, Montenegro’s ranking is even worse. They’re currently the world’s 67th best national team.

Not only would a win over Montenegro help Turkey snap out of a losing streak, but it would also mean a lot for their World Cup campaign.

Despite being at the top of the qualification group, Turkey’s job is far from over. There are three teams that currently have only one point fewer. One of those teams is Montenegro.

By beating Montenegro, Turkey would practically take them out of the picture. It would become almost impossible for Montenegro to book a World Cup ticket.

Denmark to Beat Scotland

Denmark was everyone’s favorite at the Euros. Their inspired performances led them all the way to the semi-final of the tournament.

Denmark’s Euro campaign started horribly, with their captain Eriksen suffering a heart attack during the game against Finland. Unsurprisingly, they lost that game, as well as the next one. However, the Danes went on and won the next three games, before finally losing to England in the semi-final at Wembley.

Even in that game, they played pretty well, taking the game to extra time. The question is whether they can continue playing well?

There’s no pressure on them because they’re at the top of the table in Group F of the World Cup Qualification. They have all wins so far, as well as an impressive score record of 14-0.

It seems they’re in an easy group, where their strongest rival is Scotland, a team currently in the second spot in the table. The Danes have four points more than the Scots, a win on Wednesday would practically mean their job is done.

Best Bets for Wednesday’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

France -2.5 Against Bosnia2.50
Portugal -1.5 Against Ireland1.73
Turkey to Beat Montenegro1.53
Denmark to Beat Scotland1.40

Anything but a big win for France would be a major surprise. The 2018 World Cup winners need to start acting as champions and that implies thrashing underdogs like Bosnia.

Portugal also needs to get back to its winning ways. They surely have the players that could destroy Ireland, starting with Cristiano Ronaldo. Even without him on the pitch, his teammates should be able to get a big win.

I also expect Turkey to beat Montenegro, although they probably aren’t going to have as easy a job as France and Portugal. Pretty much the same goes for Denmark, who should be able to outsmart Scotland’s defense at least once.

Eager for the 2022 World Cup to arrive? Pass the time with a look back at the last World Cup with our 2018 World Cup review.

Zarko Naric
Zarko Naric

Zarko Naric – the World's Greatest Sportswriter, according to his grandma.

Zarko started writing for GamblingSites.com in 2019, covering sports like soccer, tennis, and basketball,  as well as some more niche sports like cycling, for example.

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