Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.
The final international break of 2023 is upon us, meaning a quick break from Premier League action. While we’ll soon be turning our attention to the brutal festive fixture rush, first there’s the small matter of Euro 2024 qualifying to take care of.
We head into the final double-header with 12 of the 20 automatic places at the Euros still up for grabs. The first round of action should wrap plenty of those up, which means we have some massive matches to come between Thursday and Saturday.
Below we’ve picked out two sides from each day for a victory, which combine for our 77/1 International Accumulator. Each of our selections were priced with bet365, who are offering new customers £30 in free bets through the link below!
The International Accumulator
Thursday – Scotland to beat Georgia
Scotland have already secured their spot at the Euros, but Steve Clarke’s team still come into this clash on the back of a few rough results. They’ve been beaten in three straight games, going down to England, Spain and France.
An encounter with a Georgia side who have lost three of their six games so far should see the Scots return to winning ways. They’ve won five of their opening six qualifiers and they can add to that with victory in Tbilisi.
Thursday – Luxembourg to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina
Plenty of sides head into this break knowing a point would do them, but that’s not the case for Luxembourg. They need two wins from two in order to have a chance of making it, with the safety of a play-off spot unlikely to ease their desperation in this clash with Bosnia.
The visitors have lost five of their last seven in this group, including a 2-0 defeat at home to Luxembourg earlier this year. The visitors have lost four of their last five away internationals, so Luxembourg should get the win they need.
Friday – Finland to beat Northern Ireland
In the aftermath of his squad announcement for November’s games, Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill already seemed to wave the white flag for this double-header. Having gone with an inexperienced squad as NI transition from the side O’Neill led to the Euro 2016 knockouts, the manager admitted the short-term future isn’t great.
O’Neill said this group “are probably going to lose more games over the next period than maybe they win”. That isn’t hard to believe, given they’ve lost all six qualifiers outside of two meetings with San Marino. Finland may be locked into spring’s playoffs, but they should prove too strong for NI.
Friday – Poland to beat Czech Republic
Just one point splits these two sides, with third-placed Poland playing their final game in the group at home to the Czech Republic. The visitors are a point clear of them, so a win would secure their spot at the Euros next summer.
However, Poland have won three of their four home games in 2023 and they’ve won four of their last six home qualifiers. The Czech Republic have only beaten the Faroe Islands across their last five games, while they’ve scored in just one of their away qualifiers so far. Back Poland to come out on top in this one.
Saturday – Wales to beat Armenia
Wales rallied to beat Croatia 2-1 in October, which put them second in Group D heading into this round of games. That means two wins will send them to Germany, starting with Saturday afternoon’s visit to Armenia.
The hosts aren’t quite out of the running for second just yet, but they’re winless in four and have lost their last three. The Welsh are on a high after three straight wins and they’ve conceded just once in four games since September. While Gareth Bale is gone, there’s enough experience in their side to get the win they need.
Saturday – Switzerland to beat Kosovo
After a couple of shaky results, Switzerland are searching for a strong finish in Group I. They look likely to secure a top-two finish, but Kosovo still have hopes of pipping them to the post.
The Swiss are unbeaten in qualifying and they’ve scored 20 times across their first seven matches, so they are worthy favourites to see off Kosovo in Basel. The visitors have lost to Greece, Northern Ireland, Belarus and Romania across their last six trips, so back the Swiss to secure a win.
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