Football Betting Tips: Japan vs Senegal

Two of the opening match winners face off in Group H with both teams sure to be fully aware that a win here, would almost guarantee them a place in the last 16. Japan, helped by an early Colombian red card, showed real endeavour in their 2-1 win whilst Senegal provided a huge shock in their 2-1 win over Poland, meaning both sides will come into this one – full of confidence.

FIFA World Cup – Group H – Japan vs Senegal – Ekaterinburg Arena.

Sunday 24th June 2018

Kick-off: 16.00 GMT

 

  • Japan – Best Odds – 14/5 (Ladbrokes)
  • Senegal – Best Odds – 21/20 (Coral)
  • Draw – Best Odds – 11/5 (Betfred)                                                                                                      

Japan

Japan enjoyed the perfect start to their World Cup campaign – beating Colombia 2-1 in an entertaining tie that has left them with a great chance of progressing from the group. A win over fellow opening day winners Senegal here would all but guarantee their place in the knockout stages – for the first time since 2010. Shinji Kagawa got the ball rolling against Colombia with his ice cool penalty and he will be hoping to add to his international tally of 31.

Senegal

Senegal pulled of a remarkable win over Poland in their opening game and look to be well set to progress to the knockout stages. Their dynamic squad looks to have all the hallmarks of their infamous 2002 team that performed so admirably and they will be eager to progress with a win here. Sadio Mane captains the national side and the Liverpool man is always a threat in any game he plays and he’ll be looking to add to his goal record of 14 goals in 53 games.

Head to Head

 Perhaps unsurprisingly due to geographical locations of these two teams, this is the first meeting between the sides in international football.

Odds and Predictions

With opening day wins under their belts, both sides will be keen to carry on their good form and will arrive full of confidence.

Both teams to score – YES – looks a very good bet at 21/20 with Coral.

Sadio Mane is always a threat for Senegal and will be looking to score his first World Cup goal here.

Sadio Mane to score anytime looks a really wise punt at 13/10 with BetBright. Have a look at this BetBright sports review.

Both sides profited on opponent mistakes in previous games and this one could be a cagey affair.

Under 2.5 goals in the game looks worth a gamble at 4/7 with Betway. 

With a win under their belts for both sides, this could be a case of not losing between two well-matched teams.

The match to finish as a draw looks a super bet at 11/5 with Betfred.                    

 Score Prediction

Senegal 1 – 1 Japan – 11/2 with 888 Sport. 

Top Betting Tip

This could be a very watchable game between two sides, who’ve already tasted success at this World Cup. The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score is an excellent punt at 4/1 with Bet Victor. More best betting sites uk here.

World Cup – Brazil vs Switzerland

World Cup favourites, Brazil, kick off their campaign against Switzerland on Sunday in Rostov. The Selecao will be desperate to atone for the embarrassment of losing 7-1 in the semi-finals on home soil four years ago. They won’t have things all their own way against a solid Swiss side who are ranked number six in the world on the FIFA rankings though. Both of these sides come into the World Cup in good form and we could be in for a real game on Sunday evening in Rostov.

Brazil

Brazil were superb during qualifying for this World Cup, losing just once in the South American qualifying section and finishing ten points clear of their nearest rivals. Brazil come into this tournament unbeaten in their last eleven matches and having only tasted defeat once in their previous 21 games. Brazilian fans will have been delighted that Neymar has managed to prove his fitness ahead of the tournament with the PSG forward grabbing a goal in each of the final two warm up matches as he continues his rehabilitation from injury. Brazil boast a superb squad featuring quality players all over the pitch with Alisson, Marcelo, Philipe Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus being some of the best players at the tournament.

Switzerland

Just like Brazil, Switzerland come into the World Cup in fine form, having lost just one of their last 17 matches. This side are solid defensively, having conceded just eight goals in those 17 games and with left back, Ricardo Rodriguez being one of their standout players. Despite this Swiss side being ranked sixth in the world, they are nowhere near the quality of the other sides in the top ten and are only there after some smart friendly scheduling and a very weak World Cup Qualifying group. They do have the ability to cause Brazil problems on Sunday though and manager Vladimir Petkovic will be dreaming of springing an upset.

Prediction

Brazil are quite rightly favourites for this World Cup, and after poor performances from France and Argentina in their opening group games, plenty of people will betting on the Brazilians to lift the trophy next month. They should have too much quality to beat a Switzerland side who may struggle to score goals in this tournament and I’m backing a comfortable Brazil win on Sunday.

Betting Tips (Coral) 

Brazil start this game as favourites at odds of 2/5, whilst an away win for Switzerland is priced up at 15/2, with the draw available at 7/2. Brazil come into this tournament in superb form and I can’t see Switzerland stopping them on Sunday. Brazil to win and Over 2.5 Goals at 23/20 looks like an excellent bet here, and I do think that Brazil could score three or four in this one. Brazil are not always talked about as being solid defensively, but they have conceded just five goals in their last 21 games here. If you back Brazil to win to nil in this game, you can get odds of 6/5 and that also looks like a good bet to me. Neymar has looked raring to go in the final two warm up games and he is priced up at 5/2 to open the scoring on Sunday.

Brazil to Win & Over 2.5 Goals – 23/20 (Coral)

World Cup – Egypt vs Uruguay

Following the first game of the World Cup on Thursday, Egypt will take on Uruguay in the other Group A match on Friday. Uruguay are the favourites to win Group A, and many see them as potential dark horses in this competition. Uruguay beat England and Italy at the World Cup four years ago, before being knocked out by Colombia in the Last 16, but this time La Celeste will be hoping to go further into the competition. They will be coming up against an Egyptian side who performed well in qualifying, but may well be without their star man Mohamed Salah who picked up a shoulder injury in the Champions League Final.

Egypt

Egypt come into this game having failed to win any of their last six matches and their most recent 3-0 loss to Belgium will have done little to instil confidence in the squad. There is no doubt that this Egyptian side are heavily reliant on Mohamed Salah, with the Liverpool forward scoring 71% of their goals in qualifying. Salah is rated as doubtful for this first Group A clash, and without him the best the Pharaohs can really hope for is a draw. Two other players who will be familiar to Premier League fans are Mohamed Elneny and Ramadan Sobhi, with both of those players expected to have big parts to play for Egypt in Russia.

Uruguay

Uruguay come into the World Cup having lost just one of their last six matches and having picked up a comfortable 3-0 win against Uzbekistan last time out. Uruguay’s main strength lies in their front two, with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani making up a fearsome partnership, but there is also quality further back with the likes of Diego Godin and Cristian Rodriguez. There are some ageing players in this squad, but if Uruguay can keep it tight at the back, then they should have enough quality in attack to top Group A.

Prediction

Uruguay should win this game and they should win comfortably if Mohamed Salah is not fit enough to start for Egypt. Salah is the only real threat for this Egyptian side and without him it will need to be a backs to the wall job, but with Suarez and Cavani up front for Uruguay, I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet here. Uruguay started their World Cup four years ago with a loss to Costa Rica, but I’m backing them to win this game rather comfortably.

Betting Tips (Coral) 

As you would expect, this strong Uruguay side start the game as favourites at odds of 8/13, whilst a win for Egypt is priced up at 11/2, with the draw available at 13/5. Those odds on a Uruguay win aren’t actually too bad, but a better bet is Uruguay to Win and Over 2.5 Goals at 21/10. Whether or not Salah plays, I think there will be goals in this game for Uruguay, and they should comfortably keep a clean sheet if Salah fails to prove his fitness in time. Suarez and Cavani are both priced up at 13/5 to open the scoring, and I think a bet on either of those two would be money well spent. If I was pushed to choose one, I’d go for Cavani.

Uruguay to Win & Over 2.5 Goals – 21/10 (Coral)

Football Betting Tips: Argentina vs Iceland

2014 World Cup finalists Argentina will be looking to go one better this time around but will have to be at their best to qualify from a tricky-looking draw in Group D. Iceland are their first opponents and after their heroics at Euro 2016 – where they famously beat England – few would bet against them rising to the occasion once again on the biggest stage of all.

FIFA World Cup – Group D – Argentina vs Iceland – Spartak Stadium, Moscow.

Saturday 16th June 2018

Kick-off: 14.00 GMT

 

Argentina – Best Odds – 3/10 (Ladbrokes)

Iceland – Best Odds – 10/1 (Bet Bright)

Draw – Best Odds – 18/5 (Betfred)                                                                                                       

Argentina

Having reached the final in 2014, the expectation to deliver once again sits with Argentina who have a squad littered with exceptional talent.

The 3 other teams in group D all pose threats but with their wealth of attacking options, Argentina should qualify with relative ease here.

Arguably one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, Lionel Messi is the main man for Argentina and he will want a goal to get his World Cup going – 64 international goals scored.

Iceland

This is the first time Iceland have qualified for the World Cup – a remarkable achievement for a country with a population over just over 300,000 people.

Group D looks very tough for them but their experienced side ply their trade all over Europe and shouldn’t be too fazed by the potential challenges ahead.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is the talisman for Iceland and the Everton man will be looking to add to his international tally of 19 goals.

Head to Head

 This is the first ever meeting between the sides and it should be a real David vs Goliath style-tie.

Odds and Predictions

Iceland will look to contain Argentina for as long as possible in what could be an attritional battle.

Both teams to score – NO – looks a fantastic bet at 2/5 with Betway.

Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world and how he would like to get his tournament up and running straight away.

Lionel Messi to score anytime is a very good punt at 4/5 with Bet Victor.

 This could be a very cagey affair that could be decided by the odd goal or moment of brilliance.

Under 2.5 goals in the game looks a real possibility at 8/11 with Coral. 

Iceland will make life very difficult for Argentina but with their squad depth they should have no issues here.

Argentina to win the match is an excellent bet at 3/10 with Ladbrokes.                

 Score Prediction

Argentina 2 – 0 Iceland – 22/5 with 888 Sport.

 Top Betting Tip

Argentina are one of the favourites to lift the trophy and will need to get going here against a resolute Iceland side that may not be able to cope with Messi and co.

Argentina to win the match to nil is the value punt at 8/11 with Betfred.