World Cup – Matchday 2 of 3 – 23 June
World Cup Spotlight Bet – Le Professor
Betting tips and soccer previews and predictions
Belgium ( win and -1) v Tunisia @ $2.00
Otkrytiye Arena, 10:00pm
I’ve decided to go conservative with this leg. Belgium looked extremely sharp against Panama. Whilst it took them a little while to click, when they did, they were flowing. Tunisia were lucky to only lose by one against the English. England had numerous chances and if it wasn’t for their lack of a killer instinct (minus Kane) the game would have been dead and buried long before the final whistle. Belgium have one of, if not the most fearsome attack in the world. They scored a huge 43 goals in their ten World Cup qualifying games and have won by at least a two goal margin in 11 of their last 20 matches. Lukaku to score here is a dead certainty, with the BBC banging in 15 goals in his last 11 outings for Belgium.
Prediction: 3 – 0
South Korea V Mexico (win to nil) @ $2.50
Rostov Arena, 1am
After flicking back and looking at Korea’s last game against an underwhelming Sweden side, it is safe to say that this Korean team should stick to BBQ’s rather than playing football. They didn’t manage to get a shot on target and looked uninspired and void of ideas. Their lack of attacking thrust is more than worrying and when you couple that with a fairly shaky defence then there is only one available outcome. Mexico did the impossible and beat the Germans. A victory here assures them of progressing through to the last 16 and with a very strong chance of topping the group. They were under the pump verse the Germans but they still managed to have 13 shots. This game will be different and they will be allowed to dictate the game, it will be interesting to see how they handle this. I think that they will be far too strong for the Koreans and with 5 clean sheets out of their pasts 6 games, I’m of the view that they will run away with this game late on.
Prediction: 0 – 3
Germany (win and over 2.5 goals) v Sweden @ $2.35
Fisht Olympic Stadium, 4am
What a shock the first round was for the Germans. Going down 1-0 to the far less fancied Mexicans should act as a wake up call for them. They looked extremely vulnerable on the counter to a lightning quick Mexican attack. Kimmich and Plattenhardt were both caught out regularly marauding forward and not getting back to help Boateng and Hummels. Whilst I believe that the Germans will dominate possession and push men forward, I don’t think they will be caught out at the back like they were against the Mexicans. Sweden’s attack leaves a lot to be desired, they don’t have the attacking thrust of the Mexicans nor their pace. They relied on a set piece to get the win over the Koreans. I’m unsure whether this game will be 2-1 or 3-0, so I’ve gone the safe option of over 2.5.
Prediction: 3 – 0