• Chris Sobey

World Cup

It was a bonanza day for the bookies at the World Cup yesterday with hot match favourites Germany losing against an impressive Mexico 1-0 and Brazil only managing a draw against Switzerland 1-1 after they took the lead in the first half. For me Serbia where the most impressive team yesterday and the scoreline of 1-0 is definitely deceiving given the number of clear-cut goalscoring chances they created, especially for Mitrovic who missed a couple of sitters.

Today is day five of the 2018 World Cup, there are three games spread across the afternoon and evening and of course England get their Group G campaign underway against Tunisia at 7pm on BBC One. This is the two teams second meeting at the World Cup, the last being back in 1998 when England won 2-0. I expect a similar result today as Tunisia will inevitably set up defensively and try and frustrate England, and this means its unlikely to be a high scoring game. England's main rivals in Group G Belgium also get their World Cup underway today at 4pm on BBC One against first time World Cup qualifiers Panama. With the talent Belgium has at their disposal they should win this comfortably, however, as Argentina, Germany, and Brazil have already discovered there is no such thing as an easy opening match anymore at this level.

From a match betting perspective I think it's worth considering backing a Penalty in Match 'Yes' (9/4) between Belgium and Panama because Belgium's last two matches against weaker opposition featured a penalty in each match, they have plenty of players who are skilful enough to win penalties and there's a better chance of a penalty awarded now VAR is being used.



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