Dog Value? Some crazy prices floating around this International football World Cup make or break week as the World cup playoffs draw closer. The favourites seem well underpriced with the underdogs, overpriced. Arshavin's Russia, France, Portugal and Uruguay are all big favourites to progress to the world cup finals but the smart money may be in betting on the outside picks, where there is big value to be had. The Republic of Ireland are not a great football side right now, but there is heart in abundance, something the French are severlely lacking in and Trapattoni has got them very organised with every player knowing his job, and even though the French are rightly favourites, 3/1 on the exchanges for Ireland to qualify for the World cup finals is the bet for me. The standout matchup in terms of value though is undoubtedly the Portugal vs Bosnia playoffs tie. Portugal are likely to play most of the 2 legs without key man Ronaldo and they really lack top quality finishers(as they have done for years) and this is where Bosnia could punish them. With a front trio of Dzeko, Ibisevic and playmaker Misimovic to supply them, what Portugal would give for firepower like that. I really do make this tie a 50/50 coinflip yet you can still get 3/1 on Bosnia reaching the World Cup finals in South Africa.

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Selection: Bosnia vs Portugal

Bet: Bosnia to qualify

Info: Ronaldo struggling, Portugal lacking cutting edge. Front trio for Bosnia a real threat albeit lacking in solidity at the back. Could be a high scoring 2 legs and anyone could progress

Confidence: 50% Stake: 2.5pts Odds: 3/1 Book: Betfair

Selection: France vs Ireland

Bet: Ireland to qualify

Info: France only shades of the team they used to be. Atmosphere on Saturday at Croke Park may be too hot for them to handle and a lead for the Irish, to bring to the UNintimidating Park De France may be something they could hang onto.

Confidence: 35-40% Stake: 2pts Odds: 3/1 Book: Betfair

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