Portugal odds on to qualify for the World Cup after being drawn against Sweden

The draw has been made for the European playoffs and there are some evenly matched contests according to the bookmakers
Eight teams have been given the opportunity to qualify through the European playoffs for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

The second placed teams in eight of the nine initial qualification groups have been handed their opponents for a two legged playoff match, the first leg of which will be played on 15th November.

Unfortunately for the neutral, only one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Cristiano Ronaldo will be at the tournament as Portugal have been handed a date with Erik Hamren's men.

The Swedes are outsiders to qualify at 15/8 (2.88) with Coral from the tie while Portugal are just 2/5 (1.40) to make the finals with the same firm.

France face a trip to Ukraine first up after Didier Deschamps' men finished second in their group behind reigning champions Spain.

Les Blues are the 4/11 (1.36) favourites to get the better of the side that came second behind England in qualifying, with Ukraine available at 11/5 (3.20) with Coral.  

Greece v Romania looks a more evenly balanced tie according to the bookmakers with bet365 pricing Fernando Santos' side as marginal 4/5 (1.80) favourites compared to Even money (2.0) quotes for the Romanians to secure their place in Brazil.

Croatia will travel to Iceland in the first leg of their playoff but the bookmakers clearly believe that they will have too much for their opposition, even without former manager Igor Stimac who resigned following his side failing to top their qualification group.

Stimac has been replaced by Niko Kovac and the Croatians are just 1/5 (1.20) with bet365 to get the better of Iceland over two legs, with the underdogs available at the longest price of all eight teams, 10/3 (4.33) with bet365.

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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