European WC Spots Up For Grabs

The last four World Cup spots from Europe will be determined this week will all for, pretty much, still up for grabs. I say pretty much, as Romania has a major uphill battle to qualify after their 3-1 loss to Greece in the first leg of their tie.

Greece is undefeated in their last seven WC qualifying matches and while they are known for their defense their offense came through in the 3-1 win over Romania.

Romania had the edge in time of advantage, but the Greeks scored on three of their five shots on goal. The Romanians are behind the 8-ball, but they are at home and they did score one goal against a Greece defense that had not allowed a goal in their previous seven matches.

Bet365 has Romania as the home favorite at +115 with Greece at +280 and a draw line of +240.

Iceland and Croatia played to a 0-0 draw at Iceland in the first leg and in the second leg in Zagreb the Croats are the big favorites. Midweek they are at -275 with Iceland at +1100 and a draw line at +375.

In the first leg Croatia dominated the time of possession (68% to 32%) and had 10 more shots on goal, but they could not crack the Iceland defense.

Iceland did not mount much of an offensive attack, but can take some confidence from the match keeping Croatia scoreless even when the home side went down a man after Olafur Ingi Skulason was sent off with a red card right after halftime.

Ukraine pulled off an upset at home winning 2-0 against France, who is back at home with their backs against the wall.

In the second leg France in the favorite at -225 with Ukraine at +800 and a draw line at +350.

Ukraine played great defense in the first leg holding France scoreless even though the French won the time of possession battle.

France is under a ton of pressure in this second leg and if they do not advance expect heads to roll.

It looked as if Sweden would keep Portugal at bay in the first leg on the road, but Cristiano Ronaldo scoreed in the 82nd minute for a 1-0 win.

Odds makers see this as a tight match with Sweden posted at +170 and Portugal at +175 and a draw line at +240.

Portugal dominated the first match in terms of shots and time of possession and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and company will have to play a great home match for Sweden to advance to Brazil.