We are getting close to the ending of group stage in the World Cup, and soon we’ll be watching the matches between last-16. We must say that there has been a lof of surprises so far, such as Germany being eliminated with the defeat they had against South Korea. For today’s prediction, we picked England vs Belgium! Keep on reading before you place your bet on the best betting exchanges via broker!
England have competed with Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Latvia and Malta in the Group F of eliminations. After ten encounters, they finished off the groups with eight wins and two draws in the position of leadership. That’s how they got the golden ticket to the World Cup 2018. They were among the teams who participated in the tournament with the “unbeaten” status.Their first fight in Group G was against Tunisia. They were the favorites of the match but they couldn’t reach the expectations of the spectators. They really struggled to get a win during the match but thanks to Harry Kane’s last-minute-goal, they were able get three points. In the second encounter, Gareth Southgate and his students confronted Panama. They guaranteed the last-16 after beating Panama with an extra-ordinary score (6-1). They had a marvelous first half, finishing 4-0. At the end of the match, they reached to six goals. Goal machine Harry Kane keeps on shouldering the scoring responsibility of the team. At the moment, he has the title of “the most scorer player” with five goals in total. Their last and the most important encounter will be this one, against Belgium. We can consider this match as an early final and we think that England will be effective in finding goal positions.
Now, let’s check Belgium’s road to the World Cup. The journey started for them in Group H of the eliminations where they competed with Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, South Cyprus and Gibraltar. They had nine wins and one draw in ten matches they played. Their opening match in the World Cup was against Panama. With the 3-0 victory they had and the quality of football they performed in the field, they did an assertive beginning. Unstoppable Roberto Martinez and his students defeated Tunisia 5-2 in their second match. As a consequence, they have become the country who plays the most effective football. Now, they will be in front of England for the leadership of the group, and we are pretty sure that they will continue exhibiting their amazing football.
Frankly speaking, it is hard to decide who will leave this match with a victory. We rather believe that both of the teams are capable of scoring and 2.5 goals line will be exceeded very easily. However, deciding the market that you will place your bet is not everything. You need to find the best agent for European exchanges that you can get a great income from!
Result: -7 units, bet lost
AC Milan get ready to host Sassuolo for the first time out of three in 2015. The two sides were also pitted in Coppa Italia and Inzaghi relishes the chance to test the waters especially given the fact that he will have to be without Bonera, Abate, De Sciglio and Mexes. Sassuolo have seen Serie A action for the first time last year, and managed to avoid relegation to find themselves on the 12th place now, five points behind AC Milan.
The hosts have an unbeaten run of three matches and after the goalless draw against AS Roma, they went on for a big win against Real Madrid in a high profile friendly. Sassuolo on the other hand is unable to win in three matches, sporting two draws against Roma and Cesena and a defeat against Palermo. Ricardo Montolivo stated in a recent interview: “The objective is to get back into the Champions League, let’s hope we can go on a great run of results to get back into Europe.”
Alessio Cerci completed his first training session with AC Milan after coming from Atletico Madrid and should be available for selection. Sassuolo barely avoided the defeat against Cesena when Ze Eduardo scored the equalizer during stoppage time. While they don’t have any new injury worries, they will look to Berardi for a chance to surprise Diego Lopez while finding a way to stop Jeremy Menez in a great new “false nine” position at Mian.
Last season the teams split the wins, Milan won in San Siro, while Sassuolo won when playing at home. They also scored five goals each which could point you towards the over 2.5 betting market with 1.84 odds from 888sport. The bookmaker also favors the hosts to win and give them 1.60 for the three points, 6.50 for Sassuolo and 3.75 for a draw. Over 10.5 corners has 2.00 odds, El Shaarawy and Pazzini both have 2.25 odds to score while Menez has 2.65. We are going to bet 7 units on AC Milan to score in both halves with 2.45 odds from 888sport.
Result: -5 units, bet lost
The 26th of Thursday is the big day for the Group H teams, which collide in the final group stage matches to fight for the spot in the Round of 16. Belgium have already made it through, while it remains an open question for Korea, Russia and Algeria (the last two will meet the same day/time but at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba).
Up till now Belgium and South Korea played 3 matches, whereof 2 were won by Belgium and 1 ended in a draw. The statistics as well as the current World Cup performance favors Belgium. The interesting fact is that all Belgium’s goals at this World Cup were scored by the substitutes (Divock Origi, Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens). William Hill gives the highest odds – 2.50 – that Origi scores anytime in the upcoming match.
South Koreans weren’t that impressive; the goal against Russia was a pure luck. They have to say a big “thank you” to Russian goalkeeper Akinfeev (1-1), who spilled the ball in his own net. The first goal against Algeria (2-4) was netted due to some confusion amongst Algerian defenders and only the second goal (the third overall) was a good build-up.
Anyway, I believe that the real struggle for the second place in the next round will be between Russia and Algeria. As to Red Devils, they have won their matches against Russia (1-0) and Algeria (2-1) and I do not see anything stopping them from winning over Korea this time; thus, there is no value in placing a bet on Belgium to win.
For this match, I predict that both teams will score with the total goals over 2.5 at the best odds price 2.37 at William Hill, on which we’ll bet 6 units. Keeping in mind that many teams kept the clean sheet during the first half, there is a nice bet for a draw in the first half and Belgium to win in the second half with the odds 4.60.
Germany (FIFA ranking 2) play against Portugal (FIFA ranking 4) on June 16 in the Group G opener. This Group is considered the Group of Death and it means that soon we’ll say goodbye to two unfortunate but good teams. Most probably that would be USA and Ghana, however, many believe that US can take Portugal’s place, if they try really hard.
Germany have everything to win and the fact that they entered the final eight in the each World Cup speaks for itself. This year Germany are one of the main favorites to win alongside with Brazil, Argentina and Spain.
So what are the strong sides of Germany and Portugal?
Talking about Germany, I want to mention such players as Manuel Neuer, the legendary goalkeeper, and the defense/attacking force represented by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Oezil, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Mueller, Philipp Lahm, Julian Draxler (uprising star) and Marco Reus, who unfortunately was ruled out the championship because of the injury. Many hopes were places on Reus, but even such huge loss doesn’t make the German winning machine any weaker. According to William Hill, Klose scores the first goal (5.50) and Mueller scores the last one (6.50). It won’t take many pains for Germany to get to the final round and fight for the first place.
As to Portugal, there are 3 main things to be said: Ronaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldo. The fact that Portugal has one of two world’s best players gives this team a big advantage. Not long before Rolando’s participation in the World Cup was in the open question because of his knee injury (currently the most monitored knee in the world), but hopefully he made it. Bet365 has the best odds (8.50) for Ronaldo to score 2 or more goals. Another Portuguese player – William Carvalho – is also a catch for their team.
The match is going to be captivating and interesting, even though the outcome is pretty much obvious. At that I predict that Germany wins (2.20 by William Hill) with the total goals over 2.5 (2.25 by bet365). There is a small possibly of a draw in case Portugal makes an extra-effort. If you decide to place a bet on a draw, then the best odds for this outcome are 3.10 by William Hill.
Arsenal put an end to their trophies drought after managing to come from behind two goals, and beat Hull City with 3-2. The bet we placed with bet365 on Aaron Ramsey to score at any time didn’t pay off as the player in question did score for Arsenal but it was during extra time.
Arsene Wenger admitted that his team was afraid at first, didn’t quite settle into the game which allowed their counterparts to take full advantage of the situation. Hull City managed to reach an FA Cup final for the first time in their 110 years history, and were already dreaming of glory when they were leading 2-0 on the scoreboard after just nine minutes.
Arsenal were the better team of the two in the end, because regardless of the referee being either afraid or downright uninterested to issue the right decisions, the hosts showed great resolve in being determined to come back into the match. Cazorla cut from the difference on the 17th minute before Konscielny equalized from close range on the 71 minute.
Heading into extra-time, Arsenal needed a hero, someone with a cool mind and great finishing skills to score that last winning goal. It wasn’t to be Olivier Giroud, whom the fans have criticized several times for his apparent luck of scoring in bigger games. Arsenal’s hero was in the end Aaron Ramsey whose 107th minute goal was a beauty. Giroud set up the ball for Ramsey, who scored and the fans will remember it for years to come, because of its significance.
Now that Arsenal have tasted what winning trophies feels like, Arsene Wenger is left hoping that things will change for the better for his team, since it’s been proved the Gunners can play till the very end.
Result: -8 units, bet lost