One of the surprise teams from South Africa 2010 was Slovenia. They played USA to a draw and certainly held their own. Thus far, they have yet to register a point in qualifying for Brazil. Losing at home to #9 Switzerland is certainly nothing to be embarrassed about, and a 95th minute goal from Norway sunk them a month ago. Despite this, I think a home match with Cyrpus is the right way to get on track.
Pairing Slovenia with a couple heavy favorites can get you a solid return. Canada, Spain and Sweden should all perform without a hitch. Spain will be looking to rebound after an embarrassing 1-0 victory over Georgia. Sweden should have no trouble with the Faroe Islands. Canada should dominate a must win game at home against Cuba. This brings us back to our initial pick of Slovenia. Although you are laying heavy odds on the other 3, the risk is too small to pass up. I’m selecting Slovenia to pair with the other 3. A bet on these 4 teams will return you even money. You are basically buying the Slovenia game down. On the road against quality opponents, Cyprus does not do well.
Other strong plays
– Switzerland – The Swiss have been mentioned a lot here recently. They’ve taken care of business recently as they should, and I expect the strong play to continue. I don’t think Norway has the talent to match the Swiss. At almost even money, this is a great play.
– Colombia – Crotistics #10 team had an impressive September with a 4-0 win over Uruguay and a 3-1 win at Chile. Paraguay meanwhile is 1-5 in their past 6 games against CONMEBOL opponents. I think Colombia dominates again. I may even look to pair Colombia with Switzerland as this is a very strong 2 teamer.
Additional Plays (best to worst)
I will also be on the following teams next Friday. Team ranks are in parentheses
Slovakia (36) v. Latvia (104)
Hungary (14) @ Estonia (109)
Mexico (17) @ Guyana (111)
Panama (37) v. Honduras (78)
El Salvador (53) v. Costa Rica (91)
Greece (15) v. Bosnia-Herzegovina (27)
Ecuador (18) v. Chile (29)
Finland (44) v. Georgia (69)