The 2021 European World Cup Qualifiers will continue this weekend with Matchday 2 from Saturday, March 27, to Sunday, March 28. On Wednesday, we witnessed several surprises, when Turkey crushed Holland 4-2, Ukraine held France 1-1, Bosnia and Herzegovina drew 2-2 with Finland, and Serbia triumphed 3-2 over Ireland.
Saturday's Matchday 2 fixtures provide an opportunity for the bettor to play around with parlays, picks in the over/under, or goalscorers. Here are some sports betting predictions to consider when placing a bet on these European World Cup Qualifiers matchups.
Norway vs Turkey betting picks
Norway took part in seven international games last year. They played six matches at the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League, winning three of them. In addition, they, have two losses, and a draw. Ståle Solbakken's side also took part in the Euro 2020 Knockout phase, but they lost to Serbia after extra time. Norway has appeared once this 2021, when they beat another Group B opponent, Gibraltar 3-0 on March 24.
Turkey, on the other side, started the year strong, defeating the Netherland 4-2 on March 24. They had a rather disappointing last year when they celebrated only one win, whilst losing twice, and drawing five times. In three of Norway's last five games, they have netted at least three goals. Thus, betting that the game will have Over 2.5 goals could be a sure bet, at +102, a $50 bet could earn the bettor $54 on DraftKings.
Serbia vs Portugal betting picks
Serbia have proven to be dangerous opponents, especially to the ones who often underestimate them and their power. On March 24, they beat Ireland 3-2 in Group A. They took part in eight international games in 2020, winning only two of them. However, both games were very important as the Serbs triumphed over Norway in the Semi-Finals at the Euro 2020 Knockout phase, and against Russia in the 2020-21 UEFA Nations League.
Portugal, meanwhile, have only one international loss in the last 11 games in all competitions. They were defeated 1-0 by France on November 14, 2020. Out of the remaining 10 matches, they won eight and drew twice. As a result, having both teams' recent form in mind, betting that Portugal will win this game 3-2 could be a thrilling bet. The score line is paying +2200, as per FanDuel.
Parlays for these two matchups of Saturday's European World Cup Qualifiers from Matchday 2
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Norway and Turkey to score Over 2.5 goals, and Portugal to beat Serbia 3-2. At $100, the bettor could win up to $2,302.
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