Week 2 World Cup Betting Tips, Odds & Offers
We are over a week into the World Cup and so far we have seen some shocks and surprises, alongside some very good performances. The motto so far has been to expect the underdogs to fight a lot more than we thought they would, and it would be no surprise to see that trend continue into next week. This weekend we have six very important games that cover the second games of the group from groups F, G and H.
That includes Germany, who lost their opener to Mexico and need to bounce back when they face Sweden on Saturday night. Colombia are another team looking to bounce back after defeat to Japan and they will need to do so to keep their qualification hopes alive. In group G, England and Belgium got off to the perfect starts in their first game and will be looking to bag another victory and secure their passage into the knockout round over the weekend.
Here is a look at the six games taking place over the weekend, thoughts on who will win each one of them and how that will affect the groups going into the final round of matches.
Belgium vs Tunisia – BBC1, 13:00 Saturday
Belgium opened their World Cup account with a solid 3-0 victory over Panama and they will be looking for more of the same when they take on Tunisia on Saturday. This should be a tougher test for them, and we saw glimpses of promise from Tunisia when they lost 2-1 to England. There is no doubt that Belgium are the better team here, and it is likely a win will see them qualify, so there is plenty to play for.
Tunisia will be trying to do all they can to keep their dream alive, but Belgium look to be too strong for them and can ease to a victory.
South Korea vs Mexico – ITV, 16:00 Saturday
Mexico produced one of the best performances so far to beat Germany 1-0 in their opening game and a win here would almost ensure them qualification. The top spot in the group has to be their aim now after that win, and this should be the easiest game for them, so they will be expected to win here. South Korea looked ok in parts but struggled to really do anything against Sweden, and unless they come here with a different game plan it is likely they are going to struggle.
Mexico were fantastic in their opener and anything remotely close to that type of performance will be enough for them to beat South Korea and take a step closer to winning the group.
Germany vs Sweden – ITV, 19:00 Saturday
For the first time in a very long time, Germany will go into a World Cup group game with a lot of pressure on them. They lost their opener in defence of the World Cup crown and will be desperate to show their fans are a contender by winning this one. Sweden won their opener and looked ok without showing anything special against South Korea. This could be the worst time to play Germany, they have a point to prove and will be looking to put in a big performance. That could spell trouble for Sweden, but even though that could happen, they are strong defensively and can withstand most of the pressure put on them.
Germany are going to be interesting to watch here, they will want to put in a very good performance. They can win this, but it may not be as convincing as they want it to be, with Sweden being very good defensively.
England vs Panama – BBC, 13:00 Sunday
England face Panama in their second group game and before the tournament, they would have been targeting six points from those two games. They won the first, and if anything this one looks to be easier so they should cruise past Panama and move into the knockout round. A win for England coupled with a win for Belgium on Saturday would be enough for those two to qualify, leaving them to fight it out for top spot when they meet on Thursday.
This should be a comfortable day at the office for England, and seeing them make a couple of changes to their starting eleven would not be a surprise. Panama showed little going forward against Belgium, and this looks a great chance for England to win and bag a clean sheet for the defensive group.
Unless something dramatic happens here, England are going to win this game comfortably, much to the delight of their fans both in Russia and at home.
Japan vs Senegal – BBC, 16:00 Sunday
Both Japan and Senegal registered surprising wins in their opening games and the winner of this will have a great chance of qualification. Japan took advantage of an early sending off for Colombia but did play well throughout the game. However, Senegal appeals a lot more after a good performance against Poland in their opener. This Senegal team looks capable of qualifying for the next round and look to be the stronger out of the two teams here.
Japan know how close they are, but Senegal appeal on paper and they have the team to beat Japan here, and edge closer to qualification.
Poland vs Colombia – ITV, 19:00 Sunday
These two teams were the favourites to qualify from Group H, but both lost their opening games. Poland were beaten fair and square by Senegal, but Colombia had little chance after a sending off just three minutes into the game. Both will be looking to bounce back, but on paper, it is Colombia that appears to have the better all-round team capable of doing so. They had high hopes going into the tournament, and this will be their biggest test to date, can they prove those expectations were deserved.
These two are both desperate for a win after losing their opening games but it is Colombia that appears best equipped to do so, in what is a must-win game for them.
Perhaps the most common bet this weekend will be a four-team accumulator spread across Saturday and Sunday. The four teams, Belgium, Mexico, Germany and England are likely to be backed by a lot of people and should they win, this will be a bad weekend for the bookmakers. Belgium (7/20), Germany (2/5) and England (1/6) are all long odds on but Mexico are surprisingly as big as 8/11 to beat South Korea on Saturday. After their impressive performance to beat the Germans this is much bigger than expected and that price could look huge should they go onto win.
In some of the closer games this weekend, Senegal at 5/4 may interest a few people after seeing the way they overcame Poland in game one, while Colombia could also be of interest. Colombia are 23/20 and in desperate need of a win if the pre-tournament favourites for this group want to get into the knockout round.
In the England game, many people will be looking at alternative ways to bet due to the short price England are to win the game outright. With goals expected, the goals markets are going to be a popular choice for punters. Harry Kane is as short as 2/1 to score the first goal, but many punters may look at him to score two or more goals like he did in the opening game and for that he is priced up at 5/2. If you think Kane can go one better and land a hat trick against Panama, he is a much better price at 10/1. It looks likely that Marcus Rashford will start in this game and he is 14/5 to score the first goal, while a Rashford brace can be backed at 9/2.
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