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Unusual suspects offer best bets for Euro qualifiers

The Euro 2012 qualifying groups have their final round of matches on Tuesday, more than two years after battle commenced, and there are even more pitfalls than usual for punters.

Saturday, 8 October, 2011, 12:00am

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Just when the domestic leagues were getting into full swing, everything is on hold this week as attention switches to the final autumn leg in the race to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

For once, among the usual mismatches that make betting on international football so difficult, there are some potential bets that catch the eye.

5 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

England face battle to unseat Poles

Low goals look good bet in tense final clash

England should set up a super showdown with Poland by beating Austria today, but another victory on Wednesday night looks far from guaranteed.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Figo vows to win fitness race

World Player of the Year Luis Figo arrived in Macau yesterday hoping and praying he will be 100 per cent fit for the World Cup, saying he would do 'everything possible' to help his team achieve glory.

19 May 2002 - 12:00am

France the destination for only the skilful few

WITH the memories of Euro '96 still fresh, the focus now falls on France '98 and the two-year struggle for places in the next World Cup.

Hosts France and holders Brazil qualify automatically but this still leaves room for 30 more teams in the expanded format.

30 Aug 1996 - 12:00am