FIFA World Cup European (sat 12 ET)

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Serbia vs. Luxembourg (Noon ET)

Serbia -1.5 (-150)

Superstar strikers Dusan Vlahovic and Luka Jovic were both on target as Serbia eased to a 4-0 friendly victory over a strong Qatar team in midweek. That duo should tear Luxembourg apart on Saturday. Manager Dragan Stojkovic could decide to leave one of them on the bench in favor of the more physical Aleksandr Mitrovic, but either way, Serbia will have a lot of firepower. With the supremely talented Sergej Milinkovic-Savic pulling the strings in midfield, Serbia should overwhelm Luxembourg. Stojkovic cannot afford to take Luxembourg lightly, as it has already beaten Ireland and Azerbaijan in this qualifying campaign, but Serbia has better players in every department, and it should win this game.

Ireland vs. Azerbaijan (Noon ET)

Ireland to win and 2 or more goals in match (+105)

The Republic of Ireland was desperately unlucky to lose to Portugal on Wednesday. It was 1-0 up with just a minute left on the clock after John Egan's header, but Cristiano Ronaldo equalized and then fired in the winner deep into injury time. The players will naturally be disappointed by the nature of their defeat, but they deserve credit for their battling performance, and they should bounce back by beating Azerbaijan on Saturday. Azerbaijan suffered a 2-1 defeat to Luxembourg on Wednesday, leaving it bottom of the group with zero points. Ireland has also lost all three games so far, but this represents a great opportunity to return to winning ways.

Latvia vs. Norway (Noon ET)

Norway -1.5 at (-118)

Superstar striker Erling Haaland will lead the charge as Norway bids to pick up three points in Latvia on Saturday. The Borussia Dortmund forward scored and hit the post as Norway held the Netherlands to an impressive 1-1 draw in midweek. Group G is now looking extremely tight, with Turkey on eight points and the Netherlands, Montenegro and Norway all on seven. It is imperative that Norway beats Latvia as it bids to qualify for next year's World Cup. Haaland is the most exciting young talent in world soccer right now, but the supporting cast is also reasonably strong. Captain Martin Odegaard recently moved from Real Madrid to Arsenal for around $42 million, while Southampton's Mohamed Elyounoussi and Jens Petter Hauge of Eintracht Frankfurt are decent players. Norway should ultimately have too much firepower for Latvia in this game.

Israel vs. Austria (2:45 p.m. ET)

Both teams to score (-125)

These teams sit level on seven points apiece in Group F. Denmark leads the way with 12 points, so these two will probably scrap it out for second place, making this a crucial game in Haifa. Israel should be full of confidence after thrashing the Faroe Islands 4-0 on Wednesday. PSV striker Eran Zahavi fired in a hat trick, and he will be dangerous against Austria this weekend. However, Austria is the favorite and deservedly so. It has excellent players like David Alaba, Marko Arnautovic and Christoph Baumgartner in its ranks, and it should be able to cause plenty of problems for the Israeli defense in this game.
 

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