World Cup – Matchday 2 of 3 – 24 June
World Cup Spotlight Bet – Conservative Dave
Betting tips and soccer previews and predictions
England (win and Harry Kane to score) v Panama @ $1.70
Nizhny Novgorod, 10.00pm
England produced a great first 20 mins of football against Tunisia. Their first time starting a campaign off with a win in 12 years. It feels as though the 17 chances created and a double from ‘arry, have quietened the English medias’ generally negativity. Panama have still never scored a World Cup goal and will look to set up very deep as they did in their first half against Belgium to try and take their World Cup campaign to their last match day.
It is with this in mind that I take Harry Kane to score against a deep defensive set up. England will get frustrated, trying to play through a tight centre of the park as Belgium did and start to whip balls in to the tall timber up top. A goal late in he first half and one in the second as the game opens up.
Prediction: 2 – 0
Senegal (win) v Japan @ $2.20
Ekaterinburg Arena, 1.00am
I think this is extremely generous from the TAB. Japan recorded a win in their last game but due to it being a 10.00pm start we all saw how poor they were – conceding against a 10 man Columbia with half their players missing. Senegal on the other hand, ran further, created more chances and generally looked more threatening against a usually well drill Polish side. Class all over the park, I think Mane will be decisive here for the Senegalese as they go on to top the group.
Prediction: 2 – 0
Poland v Columbia (BTTS) @ $1.83
Kazan Arena, 4.00am
Who would have thought going into this match these two would be playing to not be knocked out. Certainly not I as I had them to go one and two, but as I wipe the egg of my face I think I can see some value here. Both team must win this game here and the cagey-ness we’ve seen from top side push aside as these teams attacking players get pushed further up in an effort to take the game to the opposition. Once one team scores the onus will be on the other to respond in kind and with both sides flushed with attacking talent I think we will see goals at both ends here.
Prediction: 1 – 1