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Stuart Dalgleish 8th Sep 2009 - 13:33

Is Maradona a gonna after Wednesday night?

We've got another feast of World Cup football for your viewing pleasure this Wednesday with a massive 13 games available through our excellent William Hill TV streaming service.

One of the highlights sees Diego Maradona try pick up his wounded Argentina team for another massive qualification game away to Paraguay.

Is this proof once again that great players don't make great managers?

The legend might've started off his time in charge of the national team with three straight wins but since then it's been a horror show for Argentina.

One of the low points was the 6-1 stuffing they suffered at the altitude of Bolivia, as much as that was incredibly embarrassing I'm sure more of an embarrassment for Argentina was seeing their great rivals Brazil turn them over in Rosario to qualify for next year's World Cup - something which is a long way off for Messi and co at the minute.

It will be even further away if they don't pick anything up away at Paraguay, the hosts are 2/1 to win the match - which is great value considering they've only lost one out of seven on home turf. The draw is a 9/4 shot, while Diego's duds are 11/8 chances to kick-start their campaign with three points.

The Argies are still huge odds-on shots to qualify at 1/12 and are 6/1 to miss out on a trip to South Africa next year, beleaguered boss Maradona is 1/4 to still be in the hot-seat by the time the World Cup kicks off and 11/4 to be sat watching the games from his front room in Buenos Aires. (Personally I don't think it could happen to a nicer bloke).

Another major nation that could be missing out on next year's extravaganza is Portugal; Carlos Queiroz's team are deep in the brown stuff after a run of just one win in six qualification matches.

They could still claim one of the play-off places reserved for the eight best second placed teams but even that looks a slim chance with several other teams in the other groups looking in much better shape than £80 million pound man Ronaldo and his pals.

In fairness to Portugal their run-in isn't too bad, once they get this game out of the way against Hungary, they then play them again in Lisbon before a final home game against Malta.

The Hungarians are huge outsiders in the betting, even though they're 3 points above Portugal in the table - you can get 11/2 on a home win, the draw is 14/5 while Portugal look unjustified in their price of 8/15.

The list of 'big teams' that might be missing out doesn't stop there, France are far from rosy looking in Group 6 - sitting 4 points behind their Wednesday night opponents Serbia.

Raymond Domenech's team have only lost one game but such has been Serbia's dominance they haven't been able to overtake the Eastern European outfit, and unless they win in Belgrade they'll be left with the lottery of the play-offs.

This massive game is a really tough one to call in the betting; Serbia (who will qualify if they win) are 15/8 shots, the draw is an 11/5 chance while Les Bleus (who's captain Thierry Henry is one goal short of a half century of international strikes) are quoted at 6/4.

Those are just three of 13 top World Cup qualifiers available for you to watch from the comfort of your own home (or the office but don't let the boss catch you!)

The full list of games is as follows:

Wednesday 9 September

17:00 Armenia v Belgium

18:00 Norway v FYR Macedonia

18:45 Romania v Austria

19:45 Hungary v Portugal

20:00 Bolivia v Ecuador

20:00 Serbia v France

20:15 Saudi Arabia v Bahrain

22:00 Uruguay v Colombia

23:59 Paraguay v Argentina

23:59 Trinidad & Tobago v USA

Thursday 10 September

02:00 Venezuela v Peru

02:00 El Salvador v Costa Rica

02:00 Mexico v Honduras

Don't forget that once you've chosen your game that we'll be offering you a huge range of in-running betting opportunities for you to try make your viewing even more enjoyable.

 
 
 

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