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Betting expert Ed Malyon rounds up the value in today's qualifying ties for next summer's showpiece tournament


Match Odds: Wales 4.33, Draw 3.30, Switzerland 1.91 (William Hill)
Tip: Away win @ 1.91




Seeing so many of their players in the Premier League, people tend to overestimate the Welsh national team. Rock bottom of the group with just three points from six games, they host a Switzerland side that need a win to keep their hopes of qualification alive. A price of 1.91 is big given Wales’ poor record and the strength of La Nati.


Match Odds: Czech Republic 4.40, Draw 3.30, Spain 1.83 (William Hill)
Tip: Away win @ 1.83




They may not need the win - their 100 per cent record has seen them through already - but Spain are overpriced to carry on their remarkable form in the Czech Republic. The home side are not the same quality as that of years gone by, with legends like Pavel Nedved and Jan Koller long retired while Tomas Rosicky and Milan Baros are past their best. The Czechs should be way below the level required to trouble a side that has won 61 of their last 69 games. Away win looks good @ 1.83


Match Odds: Slovakia 3.0, Draw 3.20, Russia 2.40 (William Hill)
Tip: Second half to be highest scoring @ 2.15




This is a crucial game in Group B which is way too tight to call. Only one of their last eight games combined have gone over 2.5 goals, and with so much at stake this should be a tight game as well. It may well start that way, with only one game remaining after this one, but we can expect a frenetic ending as one or both sides push for a vital goal. William Hill’s odds of 2.15 for the second half to be the highest-scoring half are a much better bet than the unders, which are too skinny a price.

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Ed Malyon is a freelance sports writer focusing on the football betting markets. His personal website Valderramarama.com can be accessed here.

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