World Cup 2018

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Nigeria v Argentina Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Argentina v Nigeria- World Cup 2018
Nigeria v Argentina Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 26th June -3.00 p.m Argentina have been beaten up in this World Cup and yet they are still not out of the running to reach the knockout phase. A win would move them up into second place only if Iceland failed to beat Croatia. After Croatia destroyed Argentina that is going to be a tough game for the Icelanders to win, so there is still a big window of opportunity here for Argentina. It would certainly be some massive drama if they got three points here and actually for our Nigeria v Argentina prediction we are siding with the South Americans.

Nigeria News and Form

The Super Eagles have played themselves into a good position following there are 2-0 win over Iceland. Ahmed Musa got both goals in that win and therefore he is going to be worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market. This is a huge game for Nigeria as they will know that a victory over the South Americans will guarantee them a place in the round of 16. The draw would probably be enough to get them through as well. Nigeria are not a side who are carrying any kind of form whatsoever and that success over Iceland snapped a five-match sequence of four defeats and a draw that the Super Eagles were on. Ironically with Nigeria beating Iceland that actually helped Argentina in their chances of qualifying, so in a roundabout way that has put pressure on the Super Eagles. Despite pulling out a good second half performance against Iceland by and large Nigeria have looked pretty poor at this tournament and we are having a hard time seeing them have much of an impact in this game at all despite the huge prize that is within sight. Both teams not to score is at 10/11 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). The Africans have failed to score in three of their last six fixtures. In their victory over Iceland it was the first time they have managed more than one goal in a game since beating Argentina 4-2 back in November last year. They had conceded in eight straight fixtures before they collected the clean sheet against Iceland. The draw is likely to be enough for Nigeria here as long as Iceland don’t beat Croatia by a healthy goal margin. This is a game where it may just be about the Africans hanging on and avoiding defeat because they will know that at least that keeps Argentina behind them. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Argentina News and Form

Argentina ’s qualification hopes were kept alive by Nigeria beating Iceland. It has been a terrible tournament for the Albiceleste some far though, having been held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland before losing heavily 3-0 against Croatia. That is just about as bad of a performance as you would ever see from the South Americans. Despite all of that they are still alive and a win in this fixture, coupled with Iceland losing against Croatia would see them squeeze through to the knockout phase. If Iceland were to win then Argentina would have to take victory by two more goals than what Iceland win their game by. Argentina have not looked a great side and in the bet365 correct score market an Argentina 1-0 result is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). As a draw is likely to be enough for Nigeria the impetus will be on the South Americans come out and attack. Argentina have lost three of their last six games (W2 D1) and you could see their heads drop as Croatia powered their way past them. The Albiceleste have been really poor in the middle of the park and they have offered no service for Lionel Messi, who has had to come deep looking for the ball in both of their games so far. Argentina needs something special from their star man in this one and Messi is a 4/6 anytime goalscorer option for this game* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.). Argentina were on a seven-match scoring streak before their loss against Croatia, scoring at least two goals in four of the games in that sequence. Can they avoid embarrassment in this crucial Group D qualification match? This is likely to be a tight affair and under 2.5 goals is at even money with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.).

Nigeria v Argentina Head to Head

There have been eight previous matches between these two nations and Argentina are 5-2 ahead from those meetings. The last four games between have all been very high-scoring affairs, producing at least four goals in each fixture. With Argentina playing so poorly so far we don’t expect this one to get to that level. Argentina lost 4-2 against Nigeria in a friendly back in November and from their three previous World Cup meetings, Argentina have won all of them by a one goal margin.

Nigeria v Argentina Betting Odds*

Argentina 1/2 Draw 15/4 Nigeria 6/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)

Nigeria v Argentina Predictions

It has been dreadful and clueless stuff from Argentina, but they do have those big game match winners and Nigeria are nothing more than an average side. You know that somewhere along the line Argentina are going to get chances in this one and we can see them pulling out by the skin of their teeth, a one goal margin victory. That is our bold Nigeria v Argentina prediction.  
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Australia v Peru Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Australia v Peru- World Cup 2018
Australia v Peru Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 26th June - 3.00 p.m The Socceroos have to win this Group C fixture in order to keep their slim hopes of making it through to the round of sixteen alive. They have just the one point on the board so far and they need to bag all three in this one. On top of them having to win this game, they would also need France to do them a favour and beat Denmark. Our Australia v Peru predictions are seeing some troubles ahead for Australia's qualification hopes.

Australia News and Form

Australia needs to break out of their World Cup winless slump and get three points in this one. The Socceroos are D1 L4 in their last five World Cup matches and despite some spirited grit at this year’s edition have come up short again. They did almost earn an excellent point against France in their opener, conceding a penalty and an own goal to lose 2-1 against Les Bleus, and then they played out a 1-1 draw with Denmark. Both of their goals at this summer’s tournament have penalty kicks from Mile Jedinak. We are going to go and push the boat out over 2.5 goals for this one which is 11/10 odds at William Hill* (Betting Odds were taken from June 24th, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.). Four of Australia's last six games have made it over the goal line and they do have to show some intent here. Their defence isn’t all that great though, so we will look at both teams to score at William Hill too for our Australia v Peru betting tips. Australia have to collect three points as well as hoping that Denmark fails to beat France in their final game. That’s not the entire picture though because if that happens, they still have to overcome Denmark on goal difference as well. The Socceroos have only produced two wins from fifteen previous World Cup games. [bbutton bookmaker="william-hill"]

Peru News and Form

Peru have been one of the most positive sides at the tournament and yet they are empty-handed. They lost 1-0 against Denmark in their opening game despite having plenty of great chances to get themselves maximum points, out-shooting the Europeans in the game. Then they were the better side when they took on France but again went down 1-0. That is despite all of their positive attacking play and positive attitude to games. They came into the tournament with some good from behind them, but unfortunately, it hasn’t happened and they will be going home. They have been a bit unlucky but we can see them making amends in this one. As they do leave themselves open at the back we are looking at the Peru 2-1 correct score option at William Hill for 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 24th, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.). Even though they don’t have anything to play for here, it would be a bit harsh for them to go home empty-handed. A win in the game would at least see them go happy and avoid taking the wooden spoon in Group C with them.

Australia v Peru Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between Australia and Peru.

Australia v Peru Betting Odds*

Peru 29/20 Australia 2/1 Draw 5/2 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 24th, 2018 at 11:55 p.m.)

Australia v Peru Predictions

Peru impressed against France and they dominated their game against Denmark as well. They will be so disappointed to have not gotten any points so far, but for our Australia v Peru predictions we can see them going home with a smile of their faces after a win in this one. Peru to win.  
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Iceland v Croatia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Iceland v Croatia- World Cup 2018
Iceland v Croatia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 26th June - 7.00 p.m Group D has produced some of the most exciting matches at the 2018 World Cup so far and we are hoping that continues. Croatia have six points on the board and with such a good goal difference they are likely to end up as group winners. Iceland have to win this game and hope things in the Nigeria v Argentina goes their way as well.

Iceland News and Form

Iceland will be feeling the heat in this one because only a win sets them up with a chance of moving through to the next round. That would be some performance if they could pull it off. After their brilliant 1-1 draw with Argentina in their opening group stage fixture, things fell apart for them in a 2-0 defeat against Nigeria and that will have been a hammer blow of a result for Iceland. If they could have won that and it was looking like their easiest game of the group, then they would have one huge foot in the round of 16. As it stands now everything is out of their own control. They have to win this and hope that Nigeria fail to beat Argentina. If Nigeria and Argentina draws then it will boil down to goal difference. You get the feeling that all of their good work against Argentina may end up being for nothing and that is such a shame for them. Iceland are not a team in form because they have taken just one victory in their last nine games played. They have suffered four defeats in their last six so they are going to have two shake all of that off and go for broke in this one. The big problem for Iceland is that they have been struggling for clean sheets because they haven’t managed one in any of their last nine games played. They are taking on such a good Croatia side in this one and the defensive frailties are going to be a huge concern. For our Iceland v Croatia prediction we are going with both teams not to score option at 4/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 p.m.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Croatia News and Form

Croatia have arguably been the best side of the group stage campaign so far, as they have rattled off five unanswered goals. Their display in their big 3-0 win over Argentina was just so impressive. That came after their 2-0 win over Nigeria. Their midfield is so good and it has been dominating their games for them. They have such quality in the middle of the park and Luka Modric has come up with a goal in both games so far for them, so he is worth considering in the anytime goalscorer market. Mathematically they need a point out of this to secure top spot, but that’s not likely to even be a factor at the end of the day. Even if they lost this it would need Nigeria to bang a few goals past Argentina for Croatia not the hold on to the top spot, such is their big goal difference advantage. At the end of the day then Croatia can coast a little bit in this one and save themselves for the knockout phase. They are good enough to keep Iceland at bay and under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 11:38 p.m.).

Iceland v Croatia Head to Head

Croatia and Iceland were together in World Cup 2018 qualification and they traded home wins with a clean sheet during the campaign. Iceland won that qualification group ahead of Croatia. In the last four meetings, both teams have not scored in a match and overall in the head-to-head between Iceland and Croatia it is Croatia who are 4-1 ahead with one drawn game. During those previous meetings, Croatia have conceded just two goals in total.

Iceland v Croatia Betting Odds*

Croatia 11/8 Draw 12/5 Iceland 9/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 23rd, 2018 at 00:03 a.m.)

Iceland v Croatia Predictions

We have highlighted the threat of Croatia before the tournament and we are going to stick with them completing the job of winning all three of the group stage matches. Iceland really missed the boat in their second fixture and against a confident Croatia side are likely to miss out. Croatia to win to nil is our top betting tip.  
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England v Panama Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

England v Panama- World Cup 2018
England v Panama Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 24th June - 1.00 p.m Harry Kane was England's hero with a brace against Tunisia to get the Three Lions off to a positive start in Group G with three points. They will secure qualification through to the round of sixteen if they get another three points here. With England in form, they will be expected to cruise their way past the Central Americans. Panama went down 3-0 against Belgium in their opener in the group and they aren’t carrying the kind of form to suggest that they are going to get anything out of this.

England News and Form

It was a very good positive display from England as they opened their World Cup 2018 account with a win over Tunisia. They had to bide their time against an opponent who were just sitting deep for the game and Harry Kane was the hero of the day netting the winner in stoppage time. That was a brace for Kane in England’s 2-1 win and for our England v Panama predictions, we have to look at Kane as the 15/8 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:47 a.m.) with bookmaker bet365. Kane can get himself in the frame for the Golden Boot with another good performance here against a much weaker Panama defence. Overall it was a good showing from England aside from a defensive lapse here and there. At least they are showing plenty of running and commitment and are keen to get forward. This game gives England a good chance to build up a head of steam.

England v Panama World Cup 2018 Infographic

The Three Lions are undefeated in eleven games but they haven’t been particularly potent in front of goal. They weren’t impressive up front through their World cup 2018 qualification campaign. But they have returned exactly two goals in each of their last three games now and in the bet365 correct score market an England 2-0 option is a rock solid 9/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:47 a.m.) in our England v Panama predictions. That does appeal when you take into consideration Belgium’s 3-0 win over Panama and the Red Devils have far more of an attacking threat than England do. You can always go to the safety net of England to win to nil at bet365 for 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:47 a.m.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Panama News and Form

This is Panama's first ever World Cup and it is likely going to peter out in disappointing fashion. They went down 3-0 against Belgium in their first match in Group G and while they did alright in the first half in terms of digging in for a bit a of resilience, they never looked a threat in the game. Panama have come up with just the one goal in their last six fixtures and they are currently running on a three-match winless streak (D1 L2). In their last six games, they have lost four (D1 L1) and so it is hard to see them returning anything from this fixture. Even if they were to manage to find a way to get their foot on the ball, it is unlikely that they will have the craft and quality to hurt England and the Three Lions haven’t conceded much in their current streak of form. This should end up being easy for the Europeans and an England/England half-time/ full-time draw is a good 4/6 option to get on board with as England have been starting game strongly* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 00:47 a.m.).

England v Panama Head to Head

This will be the first meeting between England and Panama.

England v Panama Betting Odds*

England 1/5 Draw 6/1 Panama 20/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 21st, 2018 at 00:47 a.m.)

England v Panama Predictions

It was a joy to see England looking so positive against Tunisia and while there is still a lack of quality about the Three Lions and they look wasteful up front, at least they are not short of passion and commitment. An England 2-0 correct score appeals for the Three Lions here in our England v Panama prediction, just because England have been short of goals.  
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Japan v Senegal Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Japan v Senegal- World Cup 2018
Japan v Senegal Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 24th June - 4.00 p.m This is going to be an interesting clash in Group H because both of these pulled out surprise wins in their opening group stage match, Japan taking down Colombia and Senegal getting the better of Poland. So the winner of this one will now find themselves booking a place in the round of sixteen. Which will it be?

Japan News and Form

Not many punters would have been looking at Japan to win their opening Group H game against Colombia, although there were signs that South Americans aren't as strong as they were expected to be. But an early red card for Colombia helped Japan's cause immensely but still, they had to fight to produce a winner in a 2-1 victory. That was a huge three points for them now and it boosts their current form to back to back wins which was after losing three in a row prior to that.

Japan v Senegal 2018 Infographic

They deserve some credit for the way that they stuck in there and kept going to find their winner and although on paper this will look to most as being a low scoring game, we are predicting some goals to flow in this one. Over 2.5 goals is at 7/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) and that is because mistakes look likely to be made in both defences. Japan don't have a clean sheet in any of their last six games and in four of their last five played they have conceded exactly two goals. They were the favourites to end up with the wooden spoon in this group and now they could win it. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Senegal News and Form

Senegal have won back to back games like Japan have done and that was after a run of indifferent form that they put on the board. Senegal collected a 2-1 win over Poland in their opener and it was a strange game really from them really because they were second best all over the pitch. But they got their rewards at the end of the day through opportunism and enterprise. The one area in which they did stand out though was their big centre-halves totally shutting down Robert Lewandowski which is no mean feat. But they did concede a lot of possession in the game and they will be facing a different challenge in this one against a Japan side who will move the ball a bit quicker. Senegal have scored in four of their last six games but didn’t look a major threat against Poland. The 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option in the bet365 correct score market* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) but that is hard to pick up value on because this game is hard to read. The safer option for Japan v Senegal predictions may be to go with the both teams to score option. This should be an intriguing battle.

Japan v Senegal Head to Head

Twice before these two have met and neither of those were competitive match ups. Senegal collected a clean sheet victory in both of those previous meetings.

Japan v Senegal Betting Odds*

Senegal 13/10 Draw 11/5 Japan 13/5 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.)

Japan v Senegal Predictions

This should be an energetic scrap between two sides with a huge prize in their sights now. Japan did so well against Colombia but they had the advantage of the extra man for long periods. Senegal were second best in just about every department in their win over Poland, so our prediction for Japan v Senegal is going to be a draw.  
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Poland v Colombia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Poland v Colombia- World Cup 2018
Poland v Colombia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 24th June - 7.00 p.m The pressure is on both of these and neither would have expected it to be. They both suffered 2-1 defeats in their opening group stage fixtures, albeit under very different circumstances. So the winner of this one will keep their qualification hopes alive while the loser will be taking an early bow from the tournament. It will be an upset as these were the two favourites to make it out of Group H.

Poland News and Form

The 2-1 loss to Senegal was a bitter pill to swallow for Poland as they had been on top for most of the game and calling the play. However, they were lacking one vital component at the end of the day and that was a supply line to Robert Lewandowski. With the big man pretty much marketed out of the game, Poland were left wanting and they couldn’t find a solution. They will need to be better in the final third to make an impression here and the result leaves Poland with a W2 D1 L1 record in their last four played. This is a big battle for survival not against Colombia and there is no margin for error. A draw would just about keep them in with a chance heading to the final round of matches.

Poland v Colombia World Cup 2018 Infographic

Robert Lewandowski is the bet365 first goalscorer favourite at 7/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) and will take some backing still because of his track record at international level. Poland are on a four-match scoring streak, totalling ten goals so they know where the goal is, but it wouldn't’ happen up front for them against Senegal. Because Poland’s defence is shaky at the best of times both teams to score at bet365 for 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) is one of our leading options for Poland v Colombia betting tips. Poland finished their World Cup qualifiers in a very strong run of form, but have managed two wins in their last seven games since then. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Colombia News and Form

Colombia looked a bit of a risk to back heading into the World Cup and were never going to be at ease in this group. However, seeing them lose their opener to Japan was a shock as that was their easiest game of the group on paper. Things step up in difficulty know for sure. Colombia had a man sent off in the third minute of their game against Japan, with Japan converting the penalty for that offence. Even though Colombia equalised from a free kick before halftime, the South American's couldn't hold out in the end. Naturally, they did a lot of chasing in the game which may have taken an edge off of then for this challenge. The loss in that game made Colombia the first ever South American side to lose to an Asian side in the history of the World Cup. Somehow they are going to have to shake that off for this huge challenge ahead. However, they haven’t been in great form with just two victories in their last ten games and they are lacking a bit of conviction up front. They have produced one goal only in their last three games. There should be goals in this but still tight at the same time so in the bet365 correct score market, there is good 12/1 odds on a Poland 2/1 result* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.). Why that scoreline? Colombia's last three defeats have all been by that very scoreline.

Poland v Colombia Head to Head

Colombia won the only previous meeting that they have had with Poland. That was a 2006 friendly match.

Poland v Colombia Betting Odds*

Colombia 5/4 Draw 5/2 Poland 12/5 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.)

Poland v Colombia Predictions

Who are going to hold heir never better in this one? It’s hard to gauge Poland v Colombia predictions because of their opening games. Colombia were on the back foot early in losing a man, while Poland had the better of their game against Senegal and still lost. Both may be so desperate to win that neither of them manage to do so. Settle for the draw.  
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Uruguay v Russia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Uruguay v Russia- World Cup 2018
Uruguay v Russia Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 25th June - 3.00 p.m After having won their opening two games at the tournament, both Russia and Uruguay will be in the knockout phase of the competition from Group A. The only thing that is left to be settled is who moves ahead as group winners. Uruguay were the favourites pre-tournament to top out the group, but they haven’t looked at that best and will be taking on a Russia side who have a bit of a spring in their step.

Uruguay News and Form

It hasn't been overly convincing stuff from Uruguay but they have managed to get back to back 1-0 wins on the board over Saudi Arabia and Egypt. If they can get into their groove then that is something to build on at least. Luis Suarez got their winner against Saudi Arabia in their second group stage fixture and he is up as the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.) for this challenge against Russia. The state of play in Group A now is that Uruguay are going to have to produce a win if they want to top the group because they are trailing Russia by six goals in the goal difference factor. Following the trend of their results, a Uruguay 1-0 in the bet365 correct score market is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken fromJune 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.). That has some appeal in our Uruguay v Russia predictions. They are a very strong, competitive side and if they get Suarez and Edinson Cavani going then they are going to be even more difficult to face. They are on a five-match winning streak with no goal conceded in that sequence. The South Americans at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.) to get a victory with a clean sheet. [button bookmaker="bet365"]

Russia News and Form

Russia, with non-competitive football for a couple of years and a seven-match winless streak heading into the World Cup, have suddenly come to life. They were expected to struggle but with eight goals scored and none conceded they have made light work of things so far. They have handled themselves better against Saudi Arabia and Egypt than Uruguay did. But this could be a bit of a reality check for them because they will be facing a very strong, talented and competitive side, something that they haven’t done yet in the group. Will they be able to get their momentum extended or will they be happy enough in taking a break and playing out for a draw? Denis Cheryshev has popped up with three goals in two games now and that’s more than he scored for Villarreal in last season’s La Liga. Artem Dzyuba looks the better option for Russia in the anytime goalscorer market. We are actually going to look at both teams not to score at 21/20 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.) for our Uruguay v Russia predictions. That will be based on the fact that Uruguay are such a tough side to break down and Russia’s frontline hasn’t been tested by a good defence yet.

Uruguay v Russia Head to Head

This will be just the second match between the two sides with the one previous encounter being a 1-1 draw that was produced back in 2012 friendly.

Uruguay v Russia Betting Odds*

Uruguay 17/10 Russia 2/1 Draw 21/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.)

Uruguay v Russia Predictions

This is a game where ultimately they both may take their foot off the gas. Winning the group isn’t all that important and therefore we are going with the draw for our Uruguay v Russia predictions. The South Americans are just so tough to break down and Russia, who haven’t had a serious test yet, may come up short of making it three wins from three.  
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Saudi Arabia v Egypt Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Saudi Arabia v Egypt- World Cup 2018
Saudi Arabia or Egypt Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 25th June - 3.00 p.m Both of these have already seen their qualification hopes from Group A pass them by. It hasn’t been particularly good stuff from either of them and now they have to square off in his final round of group stage matches with nothing riding on the game at all other than avoiding the wooden spoon. It makes Saudi Arabia v Egypt predictions hard to focus on because there is not likely to be too much to choose between them.

Saudi Arabia News and Form

So Saudi Arabia and Egypt have nothing to play for here other than seeing who finishes third and fourth in Group A at Russia 2018. Saudi Arabia really could not have gotten off to a worse start as they were hammered 5-0 by host nation Russia in the tournament’s opening game. They were just all over the place at the back in that game, but to their credit, they did fixture to some degree as they only suffered a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay in a second fixture. Still, it was a long way short of what they needed though and they are not looking a major threat going forward. There is not likely to be too many goals flying around in this fixture and our leading Saudi Arabia v Egypt prediction is Under 1.5 goals is at 1/3 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.). Saudi Arabia, one of the big rank outsiders at the tournament were never expected to get out of this group stage but they would have hoped to have been little more competitive. They go into this fixture winless in their last 11 World Cup games now. Their current form sees them on a five-match losing streak, scoring in just one of their last four. [button bookmaker="bet365"]

Egypt News and Form

What may well keep this fixture even is the fact that Egypt are out of form as well, suffering defeats in four of their last six games. They opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay and they really missed the boat there in not hanging on for a draw. Next up was a 3-1 loss against Russia and even though Egypt did have some chances in that game, their star player Mo Salah was clearly not fully fit and not running freely in the game. It looked for large periods that Egypt were carrying him. They may have been better off without him. Really ahead of the tournament there were some considerations be made about whether or not Egypt’s could throw down a challenge to Russia in the hunt for a qualification spot from this group. That hasn’t even been close to happening and they just can’t blame it all on the Mo Salah injury. That is an eight-match winless streak that the Pharaohs have now put together and even against a pretty weak Saudi Arabia side, you have to wonder whether or not they could raise a game enough to get a victory. A 0-0 result is our top Saudi Arabia v Egypt prediction which is at a price of 8/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.).

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Head to Head

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have met three times before, with the Saudi’s winning the first-ever meeting which was a Confederations Cup clash, but Egypt have won the last two both of which were friendly internationals.

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Betting Odds*

Egypt 17/20 Draw 13/5 Saudi Arabia 15/4 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.)

Saudi Arabia v Egypt Predictions

We are just going to settle on the draw being produced in this one because it is so hard to split them up. Saudi Arabia are well out of form and they are struggling in front of goal. Egypt frankly aren’t doing a whole lot better and for our Saudi Arabia v Egypt prediction, we can’t see past the 0-0 draw.  
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Spain v Morocco Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Spain v Morocco- World Cup 2018
Spain v Morocco Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 25th June - 7.00 p.m Spain will want to try and run up the goals in this one as they go into this fixture level on points and goal difference with Portugal. So they have to better whatever their Iberian rivals manage on the day to win the group. Spain had a real struggle in breaking down Iran in their second group stage match. Still, our Spain v Morocco predictions are siding on the Europeans finding a win to win this.

Spain News and Form

Spain have to get a win as well as earning a goal difference advantage over Portugal in the final round of group stage matches to win Group B. The two Iberian rivals are level on points and goal difference. Spain and Portugal were always expected to get themselves out of this group but the Spaniards had a real battle on their hands against Iran in midweek. Spain enjoyed the bulk of possession as expected but had a hard time in cracking the well drilled Iranian defence. Diego Costa got the goal in their 1-0 success and that takes his tally to three for the tournament. So Costa’s well in the hunt for the Golden Boot and is a good option for the anytime goalscorer market for this one. We don’t see Morocco having a huge impact here and our prediction is to go with a Spain to win to nil option at 20/21 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 7:43 p.m.). The last two wins that Spain have recorded have both been 1-0 scorelines, however there has to be a little more than that in this one for them. So for our Spain v Morocco prediction we are going with a Spain 2-0 correct score at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 7:43 p.m.). The Spaniards have been alternating between a draw and a win in their last six games, but they can break the sequence by making it back to back wins from this game. [button bookmaker="bet365"]

Morocco News and Form

There is nowhere for Morocco to go but home as they have already been eliminated. They haven’t picked up a point and they haven't scored a goal in the tournament yet and that may not change. The biggest disappointment from their perspective will be the lack of goals produced because while the intent has been there, the quality hasn’t. To be fair they did take the game to Portugal in their second fixture, bettering their opponents for possession and shots at goal. They still came out empty handed. The issue now for this game is that they will likely see a lot less of the ball than they did against the European champions and we have to go with both teams not to score at 5/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 7:43 p.m.). That touch of composure in the final third has clearly been missing and with nothing at stake in this one, there is even the possibility that they will shuffle their starting eleven to give some of the squad a run-out. Morocco are W3 D1 L2 in their last six games, the two defeats there tellingly at this tournament and they don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last four.

Spain v Morocco Head to Head

Spain and Morocco will be meeting for the first time in this fixture.

Spain v Morocco Betting Odds*

Spain 4/11 Draw 4/1 Morocco 10/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 7:43 p.m.)

Spain v Morocco Predictions

We are going to stick with Spain getting the win in this one. While Morocco did well against Portugal, they aren’t going to see as much of the ball in this one and because of that was are going with a prediction of Spain to win to nil.  
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Iran v Portugal Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Iran v Portugal- World Cup 2018
Iran v Portugal Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 25th June - 7.00 p.m Portugal go into their final group stage match looking for something that will see them edge out Spain for the top spot in the group. They start the final round of group matches level on points and level on goal difference with the Spaniards. Iran are still in contention for a place in the round of sixteen, but they would need to win this. After a great performance against Spain in midweek, really getting under the skin of the Red Fury our Iran v Portugal predictions can see the underdogs doing the same to Portugal.

Iran News and Form

All credit due to Iran for their valiant effort against Spain, losing 1-0 but having more than one chance to get a draw out of the game. They were fully committed and if they produce the same intensity again than they could have a chance against Portugal in their final group stage match. They are still in with a shout of making it to the round of sixteen but they will need to win this game in order to do that. A draw will not be enough for them. They are taking on the European champions and Iran are underdogs here, but still, punters won’t be put off by an Iran-Draw double-chance option at 6/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.). Iran are W4 L2 in their last six games and we see this being tight so under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a good Iran v Portugal betting tip at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.). If Iran were to get the win it is hard to imagine that it would anything more than a 1-0 success as they don’t look a massive threat in front of goal. Four of their last five games have been settled by a 1-0 scoreline. But they are well organised defensively and overall it is that defence which has helped them get a W8 D1 L3 record in their last twelve games. The question on everyone’s lips then, is can Iran keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet? [button bookmaker="bet365"]

Portugal News and Form

Cristiano Ronaldo, as was fully expected, has carried Portugal through this tournament. He has scored all four of their goals which has earned them four points so far. He got the only goal of the game against Morocco in their second match and that was early on in the fixture. He then disappeared totally in the game as the Africans threw down a stern challenge to the Portuguese. Portugal were second best in terms of chances and possession against Morocco in their second group stage game and they look as if they could be vulnerable here. Portugal have posted just a W1 D3 record in their last four games played so there could be some stresses in this game for them. The draw at 11/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.) in the match outright for this fixture just appeals so much. Of course with Ronaldo in the side Portugal will get chances and he is at 5/2 in the bet365 first goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.) and that’s a pretty straightforward Iran v Portugal prediction. Portugal are now with just three wins in their last eight games (D4 L1) so the resilience is there, but is the winning touch? They do have to go for the win though if they want to get the top spot in this group from Spain. A draw secures qualification and a loss sends them home.

Iran v Portugal Head to Head

The one previous fixture between Iran and Portugal was a World Cup game back in 2006. Portugal came away with a 2-0 success on that occasion and Ronaldo got one of the strikes from the penalty spot.

Iran v Portugal Betting Odds*

Portugal 7/10 Draw 11/4 Iran 5/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 22nd, 2018 at 9:32 p.m.)

Iran v Portugal Predictions

Iran have something to play for and they will find Portugal less of a challenge than Spain were and that is because they will get more ball in this fixture. We ultimately don't see them getting the three points in the game, but Portugal, who struggled badly against Morocco could find themselves being held. An Iran +1 Asian handicap may be worth a look in the game.  
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