Switzerland vs. Cyprus (Recap)


Switzerland vs. Cyprus

Saturday, March 23nd 2013, 19:45 CET

Last Saturday, Switzerland missed the opportunity to take a clear, decisive lead in World Cup qualifying Group E in the match with Cyprus, when none of the teams was able to score a single goal during the match. The fact that the game ended in a fade, goalless draw, made me lose the 10 units I placed on Switzerland’s victory at William Hill.

After five matches played, Switzerland have an advantage of two points over Iceland and Albania, who both won on Friday; but while these teams remain confident in getting a place in the 2014 finals that are going to take place in Brazil, the Swiss might yet regret their wasted chances.

Switzerland possessed the ball most of the time and had more opportunities to score, but Cypriots could have punished them several times in counter-attacks. The best of them occurred in the 56th minute of the match, when the fine shot of Dimitris Christofi was tipped wide by diving keeper Yann Sommer. Seven minutes later, Xherdan Shaqiri went close, cutting in from the right and driving a low left-foot shot just wide.

Shaqiri created more panic in the 79th minute, when his shot into the box was deflected out to Valentin Stocker. Unfortunately for him and his team, he found nothing but the side netting.

In the final minutes, Switzerland were noticeably desperate and went close to scoring twice: first, when Haris Seferovic forced a save from Antonis Georgallides and secondly when substitute Erin Derdiyok shot wide from a promising angle.

After this match, Switzerland remain as one of the favorite teams in qualifying to WC 2014, while Cyprus have four points from five games and are one point and one position above bottom team, Slovenia.

Result:-10 units, bet lost

Hungary vs. Romania (Recap)


Hungary vs. Romania

Friday, March 22nd 2013, 19:30 CET

As predicted, Hungary vs Romania was a hard fought game on both sides, seeing as both teams are battling over the second place in the group. Hard enough for me to lose the bet I placed at 888sport. The game was played in front of an empty stadium, as a result of Hungary’s penalization for displaying offensive symbols during their last year’s friendly against Israel. Romania started the match better and had several shots, but Hungary was the one who took the lead in the 16th minute when Vilmos Vanczak fired into the top corner after a free kick from Hajnal.

Hungary then proceeded to attack Romania’s defense, looking for a breach, but I wouldn’t say Kiraly was there doing nothing, as he kept pushing away shots by either Adrian Mutu or Gheorghe Grozav. Romania wasted many chances, especially a great shot by Bogdan Stancu who would have brought the equalizer, but missed his shot. Szalai would have scored another goal for Hungary, but Tatarusanu blocked the shot effectively.

After the break, Romania managed to equalize thanks to a penalty shot; Mutu was fouled by Korcsmar, and Wolfgang Stark gave the Romanian team a penalty, perfectly executed by the same Mutu. The Romanian team didn’t have room for much celebration, as only 3 minutes later the hosts took the lead with a penalty of their own. Hungary breathed a sigh of relief, but Romania refused to surrender, and when the time was almost up, Alexandru Chipciu (pictured below) ensured Romania a vital point for their qualification hopes.

With this result Hungary stays on the second place with 10 points, same as Romania – who is on the third place – but it’s ahead only by a single goal difference. The battle for the second spot will be decided in the game Hungary will play this Tuesday against Turkey, as it will either make them favorites or break them. Seeing as Romania is poised to play against the Netherlands, the situation in Group D could drastically change depending on the outcome of both games.

There was a confusing moment during the game when Stark gave the penalty for Hungary, because everyone admitted it was a miscalculation, even the Hungarian press with nemzetisport.hu: “It wasn’t a penalty for us, it was a mistake from Stark. We could have won those three points, it was our own fault we missed the victory in the last minutes.” The rest of the press seemed to have dubbed the game as depressing, seeing as they intended to face Turkey backed up by a victory.

The Romanian press stays behind their team, but they admit the game could have gone better, provided Chipciu would have played more than just the last minutes. Many media outlets dubbed the young player as man of the match, though even the Romanian players admit they could have done better. Gabriel Tamas said right after the game: “We played a very weak game today, but this point helps us a lot.”

This is a bet I lost, seeing as I was backing up a potential victory by the Romanian team.

Result:-6 units, bet lost

Bulgaria vs. Denmark (Recap)


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Friday, October 12th 2012, 06:00 CET

On 12th October, in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, Denmark played against the national team of Bulgaria for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification. Although the match had its tense points due to the continuous battle between the two teams’ supporters, the match ended up with a tie.Both teams managed to score 1 goal, indicating that I have won the bet I made.

The first goal was brought by the bulgarian team by number 8 , Rangelov, in the seventh minute of the first half. But the bulgarians could not enjoy their victory for long, with Denmark pushing to score and in finally scoring a goal (Bendter in minute fourty). After the break both teams pushed hard into defence but also into offensive. As a result of their hard work the match ended with a draw. Denmark remains unbeaten and is going to play with Italy in Milan. The bulgarian team resisted heroicly to the constant pressures of the Danes in a team with just 10 players, after Bandalovki was dismissed. Christian Eriksen, Denmark’s player, was to scoring twice and bringing the victory to the visitors, but the bulgarians managed to keep their guard up.

Result: +11.25 units, bet won

Bulgaria vs. Denmark (Prediction)


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Friday, October 12th 2012, 06:00 CET

On the 12th of October, there’s going to take place the a World Cup’s qualifying match between Bulgaria and Denmark is going to take place. I am going to place a bet on this match, even if, judging by the statistics, it appears to be a risky bet. Since 1978, the two teams have met 8 times, and the results are extremely balanced: 3 won matches for Bulgaria, one for Denmark and 4 draws.

In their previous confrontations at WC Qualifying Europe, from 1988, 1989, 2000 and 2001, ended with 2 draws (in 1988 and 2000), and two won matches for Bulgaria, both with the same score (2-0).

Regarding the teams’ previous performances at WC Qualification Europe, both have achieved impressive results. For example, in 2009, Bulgaria defeated Montenegro with 4-1 and almost basically humiliated Georgia in a match which ended 6-2 for Bulgaria. On the other hand, Denmark managed to qualify in the European Championship, where they won the a match against Netherlands on 9.06.2012. Another nice performance achieved demonstrated by the team of Denmark was established took place in 2010, when they won the game against Cameroon, from in the World Cup.

All in all, I think this match is going to be a sheer delight for both teams’ fans. I think it is going to be a very balanced game, this is why I am going to place 5 units on a draw at 3.25. The odds I used are from bet365.

A draw between Bulgaria and Denmark at 3.25