Russia vs Slovenia
Head coach Matjaz Kek has built that success on a solid defence, as Slovenia have conceded just once in nine matches, while six of those games have seen under 2.5 goals scored.
It could be a similar story in Sochi on Saturday, as we are predicting under 2.5 goals in the match, although we are stopping short of predicting a Slovenia win, as they have never previously triumphed in Russia.
Indeed, our overall score prediction is for a goalless draw, a result that has occurred in two of Russia’s last five fixtures and in two of Slovenia’s previous four. Prediction: draw of 0-0 at full time
Montenegro vs Gibraltar
That sequence includes Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Norway in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifier and five of Gibraltar’s last six defeats have seen over 2.5 goals scored – the vast majority of those strikes coming from the opposition.
It gets worse for Gibraltar when they lose on the road, as their last eight away defeats have been by an aggregate score of 25-0.
We are predicting a similar outcome on Saturday, with our overall prediction being for a Montenegro win and over 2.5 goals to be scored in the match. Prediction: Montenegro to win 3-0 at full time
Croatia vs Cyprus
There’s little appeal in playing the handicap markets for this fixture with Cyprus losing just one of their last nine by more than two goals, but the Cypriots have failed to net in six of those matches.
The visitors have lost 18 of their last 23 away trips too, beating only Gibraltar, San Marino and Kazakhstan on their travels since late 2015, so a Croatia win to nil rates a solid wager for this clash and we’re also tipping up a 2-0 correct score. Prediction: Croatia to win 2-0 at full time
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