Can England move a step closer to Qatar with victory over Hungary this evening?
The Group I leaders will be looking to tighten their grip on top spot at Wembley, while Scotland could strengthen their chances of reaching a first World Cup since 1998 with victory in the Faroe Islands.
We’re back with our preview ahead of tonight’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers…
2022 World Cup Qualifiers Betting | Road To Qatar
Tuesday 12th October
ENGLAND VS HUNGARY, 19:45
It was as routine as it comes for the Three Lions on Saturday night as they eased to a 5-0 win in Andorra.
That procession allowed Gareth Southgate to provide some of his lesser-spotted squad players with much-needed minutes, with Tammy Abraham and James Ward-Prowse doing their chances of a potential call-up next winter no harm.
Southgate may keep the faith with at least a few of his fringe players as they take on a Hungary side now perilously close to missing out on next year’s tournament after their 1-0 reverse to Albania last time out.
England vs Hungary Preview | Match Facts
- Hungary are looking for their first win over England since May 1962.
- The hosts have now lost three of their last four qualifying games.
- England are looking to preserve a 12-year unbeaten streak in World Cup qualifying – stretching back to a 1-0 defeat to Ukraine in 2009.
Marco Rossi’s side have struggled in these qualifiers to recapture the gutsy group stage performances that saw them hold their own in last summer’s Euros ‘Group of Death’.
Anything but a win at Wembley would all but ensure their World Cup hiatus stretches beyond 35 years, with 1986 their last showing at the tournament proper.
However, that could be a hard task with England’s impenetrable unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying at Wembley now stretching back to the year 2000 – back in the ‘old’ incarnation of the spiritual home of English football.
The Three Lions won the reverse fixture 4-0 in Budapest, in a game marred by racist chanting from the home supporters.
Prediction: ENGLAND 3-1 HUNGARY
Match Tips | England vs Hungary Betting
FAROE ISLANDS VS SCOTLAND, 19:45
The soothing backdrop of the Faroes should help calm the adrenaline of Tartan Army fans once again put through the wringer at Hampden Park last Saturday.
Scott McTominay’s 94th minute winner sent Hampden Park into raptures as the hosts fought back in impressive fashion to see off rivals Israel and secure a firm grip on second spot in Group F.
That gives the Scots clear daylight heading into the final three games, with that late drama in Glasgow providing Steve Clarke’s men with a healthy four-point buffer between themselves and the third-place Israelis with games starting to run out.
Faroe Islands vs Scotland Preview | Match Facts
- Scotland have won all four of their most recent clashes with the Faroes without conceding.
- Steve Clarke’s side scored three goals in an international for the first time since their last meeting with the Faroes (a 4-0 win in March) in their 3-2 win over Israel.
- The hosts have won once at home in this qualifying process– beating Moldova 2-1 last month to pick up their sole win to date in Group F
The Scotland manager will be hoping cool heads can prevail once again here as his side travel to a nation with previous form in shredding Scottish confidence.
For all the impressive work on his international CV, Clarke will be hoping he doesn’t follow in the footsteps of both Craig Brown and Berti Vogts, two of his predecessors who failed to take maximum points on trips to the Faroes in 1999 and 2002.
Even if the away side ultimately prevail, it’s unlikely to be a comfortable evening for Scotland fans watching back home.
The Faroes have only conceded 16 goals so far in this qualifying campaign – not far off the tallies for Austria and Israel – and were only five minutes away from a shutout against runaway group leaders Denmark last month.
Expect Clarke to preach patience here as his side aim to solidify their favourable position in the group.
Prediction: FAROE ISLANDS 0-2 SCOTLAND
Match Tips | Faroe Islands vs Scotland Betting
BULGARIA VS NORTHERN IRELAND, 19:45
Time wasting or over-the-top refereeing?
The debate over whether Jamal Lewis deserved his controversial 36th-minute sending off against Switzerland rumbles on, but there’s little doubting the fallout from referee Slavko Vinčić’s decision as Northern Ireland’s chances of reaching a first World Cup since 1986 were dealt a major blow.
The Swiss’ numerical advantage would ultimately tell as they ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in Geneva. That result leaves Ian Baraclough’s men with effectively no margin for error as they travel to Bulgaria with a six-point deficit to make up on the second-place Swiss with just three games remaining.
Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland Preview | Match Facts
- Northern Ireland have failed to score in all three of their last encounters with Bulgaria.
- The visitors have kept just one clean sheet in their last five away WC qualifiers.
- Bulgaria are looking to make it a hat-trick of home wins having previously won just one of 10 in all competitions prior to that turnaround in form.
The two sides played out a low-key 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture at Windsor Park as the hosts missed a string of chances as they squandered an opportunity to claim their first win of the qualifying phase, although a late save from Bailey Peacock-Farrell also helped deny the visitors a smash-and-grab win at the death.
Lewis’ dismissal has added to Baraclough’s selection worries as the Green and Whites travel to Sofia. The Northern Ireland boss has little option but to name a makeshift side with the Newcastle left-back joining an absentee list that includes Jonny Evans, Trevor Carson, Gavin Whyte and Shayne Lavery.
Prediction: BULGARIA 1-1 NORTHERN IRELAND
Match Tips | Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland Betting
2022 World Cup Outrights
By the time this tournament kicks off it’ll be over 20 years since Brazil have won a World Cup.
The Seleção have become more renowned for humiliating exists from this tournament in recent decades, but some long overdue success when lifting the 2019 Copa América suggests they could be ready to stay the distance in Qatar.
The Brazilians start out as 29/5 favourites with Marathonbet to lift the 2022 World Cup.
Reigning champions France are expected to be strong again and start out as 33/5 second-favourites, albeit the French have shown a tendency in past generations to hit the self-destruct button earlier than expected.
England fans might be quietly confident that their talented young generation of stars can come of age after falling agonisingly short at the Euros.
The Three Lions are 42/5 to finally end more than 50 years of hurt, while European champions Italy are a 45/4 chance.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
2022 World Cup FAQ
When does the 2022 World Cup start?
It all gets underway on Monday 21st November 2022, with hosts Qatar in action in Group A at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
What time will games be on at the 2022 World Cup?
With only a three-hour time difference between the UK and Qatar, it’s relatively good news for fans watching from the sofa back home.
Four matches will be played each day during the group stages of the tournament, in slots of 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm GMT.
When is the 2022 World Cup Final?
The 2022 World Cup final is on Sunday 18th December at the 80,000-capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium. The game is due to take place at 3pm GMT for British viewers.
What are the dates for the 2022 World Cup?
With many world leagues forced into a mid-season break by this winter tournament, this will be the shortest ever World Cup, being played over 28 days. The competition will begin on 21st November and end just under four weeks later on 18th December.