World Cup Round-Up: 16/06/18 – 18/06/18

World Cup Round-Up: 16/06/18 – 18/06/18

World Cup Round up 16/06/18 – 18/06/18

In this World Cup round-up, we’ve selected three of the standout upcoming fixtures to discuss and offer our selected bets on these games. Have a read below to see our predictions.

Germany v Mexico – 17/06/18 (Group F)

Germany

Reigning World Champions Germany begin their defence of the World Cup at the luzhniki Stadion in Moscow where they take on Mexico. Joachim Low’s side were ruthless in qualifying for the tournament, winning all 10 of their matches finishing a massive 11 points ahead of Northern Ireland to claim automatic qualification for the tournament. Since then Germany have won just one of their 6 matches however so don’t come into this one in the best of form. Three consecutive draws with England, France and Spain followed by back to back defeats against Brazil and Austria has seen a somewhat difficult preparation for the tournament in Russia. They bounced back with a win in their most recent friendly with against Saudi Arabia, 2-1, and will be looking to continue their good record in major tournaments where they’ve made at least the quarter finals in every World Cup since 1978.

Joachim Low’s side come into this one as massive favourites in Group F. Drawn alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, the Germans will be expected to make the knockout stage with ease, starting with a win over Mexico here. Germany don’t really have a superstar player in this tournament and have an abundance of riches in a number of positions which should see them go a long way but forward Timo Werner is one to watch this Summer. The Leipzig forward has 7 goals in his 13 international caps so far and it could be a real breakout tournament for Germany’s number 9 so he’ll want to get off to a goalscoring start here.

Mexico

Mexico were equally as dominant as the Germans in qualifying. El Tri finished top of the Concacaf qualification group by five points, losing just one of their 10 group matches. They lost their final warmup friendly against Denmark, 2-0, however and have won just once in their last four so don’t come into the tournament in the best of form.  The Mexicans’ lack of goals has also become a major concern as of late. Juan Carlos Osorio’s side have scored just once in their last four matches so will be hoping they can regain their goalscoring touch in order to reach the knockout stages.

Mexico will be expected to finish as runners-up behind Germany to reach the round of 16, where they have been knocked out in all of the last 6 tournaments. PSV winger Hirving Lozano could be a breakout star this Summer. His form this season has seen him thrust in to the Mexico starting XI ahead of the tournament and can more than chip in with goals as well, scoring 17 in the Eredivisie this season. The Central Americans certainly have the talent in their squad to hurt Germany if they get the opportunity and will make it difficult for the Germans to run away with this one.

Recommended Bets

Werner to score anytime: (23/20 with Coral) – BET HERE

Germany to win and over 2.5 goals: (8/5 with UniBet) – BET HERE

Brazil v Switzerland – 17/06/18 (Group E)

Brazil

Tournament favourites Brazil come into their opening World Cup game against Switzerland on an 11 game unbeaten streak. The Brazilians have been dominating all of their opponents in their warmup friendlies ahead of the tournament beating Croatia and Austria 2-0 and 3-0 respectively so its not a surprise the Selecao come into this one as red hot favourites. Brazil were rampant in qualification, losing just one of their 18 games during their qualification campaign, topping the South America qualification group by 10 points.

Brazil’s star man Neymar has returned to action just in time for the trip to Russia. The PSG starlet got a goal in each of the games against Croatia and Austria after returning from an ankle injury that had kept him out since February. Neymar has 55 goals in 85 matches for his country and got 4 of those in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil so expect him to be amongst the goals here.  If Brazil top Group E like they’re expected to then they will more than likely set up a tie with Mexico in the last 16.

Switzerland

Despite coming into this one as massive underdogs, Switzerland have been in good form themselves as of late. They’re unbeaten in their last 6 matches including a 1-1 draw with Spain in preparation for the tournament so will take confidence after getting a result against another big team. After Brazil, it’s completely open to who will take the runners up spot in Group E and Switzerland will know if they get a result here they’ll have a massive chance in progressing to the last 16.

The Swiss’ main attacking outlet is likely to come from winger Xherdan Shaqiri. Like he was for Stoke, Shaqiri is Switzerlands main talisman going forwards and they will be looking to him if they’re going to create anything against this Brazil side. Under manager Vladamir Petkovic, Switzerland have been well organised at the back and have never conceded more than two goals since he took charge some 35 games ago so there might not be too many goals here.

Recommended Bets

Neymar to score a brace: (5/1 with SkyBet) – BET HERE

Brazil and under 3.5 goals: (23/20 with Betway) – BET HERE

 

Belgium v Panama – 18/06/18 (Group G)

Belgium

If there’s a country that needs to prove itself at the World Cup this Summer than its Belgium. Roberto Martinez is the man who has been tasked with one of the toughest jobs in football to guide this Belgian side to the pinnacle of World football. In 2014 Belgium achieved their best finish at a World Cup since 1986 with a Quarter final finish but the expectation on this Belgian side is massive heading into Russia as one of the tournaments favourites.

Belgium have a host of Premier League stars amongst their ranks including Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard as well as a backline of Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen plus Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany as well as Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois in goal Belgium clearly have the squad to go a long way in Russia. Drawn in a group alongside England, Panama and Tunisia the Red Devils are expected to top the group and an elimination would be a massive embarrassment. Lukaku has been in fine form with 6 goals in his last 5 games for his country and backing the Manchester United forward would be a good move here.

Panama

Panama come into their first ever World Cup looking to build on their unexpected success in qualifying. Los Canaleros will forever be associated with finishing above the US in qualifying after finishing an unbelievable 3rd place in the Concacaf qualification group.  After being drawn alongside England, Belgium and Tunisia some are tipping Panama to not even score a goal in this Summer’s tournament but will be doing everything to cause another shock in Russia.

They’ve played eight friendlies since their qualification campaign ended and have only won 2 of them so aren’t coming into the tournament in good form either. The last opposition that they faced that are heading to the tournament was against Switzerland back in March where they were torn apart in a 6-0 defeat so must improve massive defensively if they want any chance of getting a result. Facing there toughest test in the group against Belgium is not the start that Los Canaleros would have wanted and those defensive holes that were found against Switzerland could quite easily be shown again here.

Recommended Bets

Lukaku to score 2 or more goals: (16/5 with Betfair) – BET HERE

Belgium to win to nil: (13/20 with BetVictor) – BET HERE