The international break is here, which means the Premier League takes a week off as European World Cup Qualifiers take over. But fear not, the EPL is back with a vengeance this weekend.

But before we launch back into the high-octane action of the Premier League, let’s take a look at what’s on deck this week, courtesy of our midweek coupon.

This weekend Belgium became the first European nation to qualify for next year’s World Cup Finals, with Romelu Lukaku’s header giving the Red Devils a 2-1 away win in Greece to book their spot in the tournament in Russia.

 

And the action continues on Monday as the next round of World Cup Qualifying matches take place across Europe, with England looking to follow up Friday’s lacklustre (not to say flattering) 4-0 win over Malta when they take on Slovakia at Wembley tonight.

World Cup holders Germany are perfect so far in qualifying as they play host to Norway, while the surprise package of their group, Northern Ireland, looks to consolidate their spot in second when they take on closest challengers Czech Republic at Windsor Park.

Here’s the full list of Euro qualifiers, together with the best available prices, sourced via Oddschecker.

Monday September 4

Armenia (17/2) Draw (4/1) Denmark (4/9)
Northern Ireland (15/8) Draw (21/10) Czech Republic (19/10)
Slovenia (4/11) Draw (21/5) Lithuania (12/1)
England (6/5) Draw (15/4) Slovakia (19/2)
Scotland (1/14) Draw (18/1) Malta (66/1)
Germany (1/7) Draw (83/10) Norway (30/1)

Pre-match thoughts:

  • I like the look of the draw in the Northern Ireland-Czech Republic match
  • England at odds-against to win at Wembley is a value bet
  • Germany could well rack up a few goals at home to make it eight wins from eight

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