Hosts to keep Welsh dragons in Czech, plus five other Friday acca bets

Wales travel to the Czech Republic for a crucial World Cup qualifying match-up, while Croatia, Germany and the Netherlands are also in action.

There's a Friday night feast of soccer in prospect as the European World Cup Qualifying campaign resumes, with Wales facing a potential grudge match in the Czech Republic, while Croatia, Germany and the Netherlands look to have far easier assignments.

We've selected six bets for you to pick from for your Friday night acca and don't forget that with five selections or more you can take advantage of our fantastic ACCA INSURANCE offer. This promotion is available to new and existing Planet Sport Bet customers, and full T&Cs apply.

Czech Republic vs Wales

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This could be a tasty one as both sides had a man sent off in a decidedly spiky Group E encounter in March. And, with games in hand over group leaders Belgium, both teams still harbour slim chances of topping the group.

Wales won 1-0 in Cardiff but their chances of doing the double over the Czechs have been dealt a severe blow with the loss of Gareth Bale to yet another hamstring injury.

Bale's absence will undoubtedly hurt Wales but it's certainly good news for those wanting to back a low goals total, as he has scored three of the five goals the Welsh have netted in Group E.

Not that the Czechs have fared much better, because if you take away their six strikes against bottom side Estonia, the hosts have scored just twice in four qualifying matches.

Only Belgium have conceded less than Wales' five goals in this qualifying campaign and when it comes to the hosts a total of seven goals shipped in five games is not too shabby either.

We're sorely tempted by odds of 7/4 for under 1.5 goals but with bigger prices to come in our acca we'll settle for under 2.5 goals.

Germany vs Romania

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These are exciting times indeed for fans of the German national side as their team has a crop of talented 20-somethings at their disposal who must be the envy of world soccer.

Kai Havertz, Leon Goretzka, Florian Wirtz, Robin Gosens, Joshua Kimmich and of course the lesser-spotted Leroy Sane look set to be the backbone of the German side for the next decade and they have played no small part in a storming Group J campaign thus far.

The Germans have won five out of six games, and while it's hard to ignore a shock 2-1 home defeat by North Macedonia, they certainly seem to have got it out of their system, having won their next three matches by a combined score of 12-0!

Germany have scored 17 goals in six games but we reckon they won't have it all their own way against a Romania side that has conceded just six goals in their opening six group matches.

However Mirel Radoi's men may also struggle to break down a German side that has kept five clean sheets in the six games they have played, so we're rolling the dice on under 3.5 goals here.

Latvia vs Netherlands

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Another team in superb goalscoring form is the Netherlands, who have netted a whopping 22 goals in six Group G games, including two against Latvia in a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture.

That scoreline certainly flattered the visitors as the Netherlands enjoyed 77% of possession, 11 shots on target and averaged a shot on the Latvian goal once every two-and-a-half minutes.

Latvia are second from bottom in Group G and have failed to score in their last two matches, with an even more worrying statistic being that in two games against Norway and the Netherlands they mustered just two shots on target.

Louis van Gaal's men top the group and with their nearest challengers Norway and Turkey facing each other, this match represents an excellent opportunity for the Dutch to put some daylight between themselves and one or both of those teams.

We reckon the visitors will win with something to spare, and while a moneyline bet at 1/12 is to be avoided, taking the visitors to win to nil is a far more enticing prospect.

Turkey vs Norway

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After a 6-1 shellacking at the hands of the Netherlands last time out, Turkey will be keen to put things right in front of their own fans in a game that will go a long way to deciding both these sides' qualifying fates.

However, they won't be the only team with a point to prove as Norway will want to banish memories of their 3-0 loss to the Turks in the reverse fixture.

That loss was their only one in Group G and Stale Solbakken's men are second in the table having secured 13 points from a possible 18, separated from leaders the Netherlands only by goal difference.

Turkey are third in the table and have the extra motivation that victory over Norway will take them above their opponents. However, standing in their way is the small matter of one of the world's best strikers.

Erling Haaland seems to break a new record every week and he has now scored 11 goals in his last seven games for club and country, including five in Norway's last three Group G games.

It would be no surprise if Haaland found the net once again. And, with the six games Turkey have played in this qualifying campaign having produced a remarkable 29 goals, both teams to score is our confident selection here.

Cyprus vs Croatia

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There are certainly worse places to play a match in October than Cyprus and Croatia should have some fun in the sun against Group H's bottom side.

The Croats top the group thanks to a rock-solid defence that has conceded just one goal in six games, while in that same period Cyprus have scored just once, failing to find the net in their last three Group H matches.

We reckon Croatia will win with ease, but having only won the reverse fixture 1-0 and scoring just eight goals in their qualifying campaign, we're happy to swerve any handicap bet and take the visitors to win to nil.

Russia vs Slovakia

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Croatia's closest challengers face off in Moscow and with Russia currently lying second in the group, four points ahead of Slovakia, they will take a giant step towards securing a top-two berth if they can overcome the visitors.

However Valeri Karpin's men will have their eye on top spot as they are behind Croatia only on goal difference, and they too have a great defensive record to preserve having kept a clean sheet in their last three Group H games.

The last time they conceded was in a 2-1 loss to Slovakia back in March, a result which will give the visitors hope of pulling off what would be an upset.

Slovakia have been in mixed form of late, winning one, drawing one and losing one of their last three matches.

However, the visitors have also conceded just five goals in six group games and that, added to Russia's defensive solidity means that under 2.5 goals is a more than worthy addition to our acca.

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