World Cup Round-Up: 23/06/18

World Cup Round-Up: 23/06/18

Belgium v Tunisia (Group G) – 23/06/18

Belgium

Belgium look great value to top Group G after a convincing 3-0 win over Panama on Monday evening. Goals from Romelu Lukaku (2) and Dries Mertens ensured Roberto Martinez’ side lead the way heading into the second round of fixtures this weekend, meaning another win over Tunisia here will cement their place in the knockout stages. With the sheer amount of attacking quality that Belgium have within their squad at this years competition, they could well be the dark horses in Russia. Their performance against Panama on Monday showed everyone just what a strong side they are and although their opponents were poor, ‘you can only beat what is in front of you’ and Belgium certainly did that, with style.

Manchester United front man Romelu Lukaku goes into this match with bags of confidence following his brace in Belgium’s last game – the 24-year-old has linked up with Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard so well in qualifying, bagging 11 goals in his previous 8 games for the national side. Another goal for Lukaku looks imminent in this clash considering how weak Tunisia’s defence is so backing him to score anytime with a Belgium win would be our suggestion for this game. Four of Belgium’s last five games have ended with an over 2.5 goals scoreline and when you take their attacking prowess into account, it would perhaps be foolish to overlook this happening again in this encounter.

Tunisia

Tunisia were seconds away from getting a point against England on Monday night, but a Harry Kane goal in injury time meant they came away from their first match with nothing. The North African’s desperately need a result in this fixture to keep their dreams of qualification alive, however will know that the challenge they face here against Belgium will be extremely tough given their recent form. With just one win in their previous five games in all competitions, Tunisia don’t take any momentum into this fixture. They defended well against England on Monday, getting men behind the ball and keeping out a barrage of attacks from the Three Lions, however ultimately it wasn’t good enough as Gareth Southgate’s men unpicked the lock late on. Belgium have a lot more cutting edge in front of goal so will probably find Tunisia’s game plan a little easier to combat, which makes us think this clash could end in a convincing win for the Europeans.

Recommended Bets:

Belgium to win to nil (21/20 with Ladbrokes) – BET HERE

Correct score: Belgium 2-0 (11/2 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Germany v Sweden (Group F) – 23/06/18

Germany

Current World Cup holders Germany failed to get off the mark with a win in their first match against Mexico on Sunday. Joachim Low’s men lost 1-0 to Andrés Guardado’s hearty side thanks to a well taken strike from Hirving Lozano in the first half, so now head into this crunch match with Sweden knowing that a defeat would see them knocked out of the competition at this unusually early stage. It’s make or break for the Germans this weekend, the thought of bowing out of the World Cup before the Round of 16 stage simply isn’t an option for a side that is normally so dominant at this prestigious tournament.

Against Mexico, Germany controlled the game and completely dominated possession but couldn’t penetrate a well organised back line that did their job marvellously – will they be frustrated once more against a Sweden side who are going to set up purely to defend, or will they be able to find a much needed break through at the Olimpiyskiy Stadion? Sweden will be happy with a draw in this one, that will be enough for them to qualify to the knockout stages as at least runners-up so they’ll set up purely to defend against Germany. With this in mind, backing under 2.5 goals in this one could be a safe bet here!

Sweden

Sweden edged past Japan in their tournament opener on Tuesday afternoon, but their performance in that clash was far from convincing. A cooly converted penalty from defender Andreas Granqvist just after the hour mark secured all three points for Janne Andersson’s men, which means that all they require now is a point from this match to cement their spot in the knockout stages. Only one of Sweden’s last seven matches have ended in over 2.5 goals, so when you take this into consideration, alongside the fact Germany failed to score against Mexico in their last game, we can see this match being a low scoring affair. Germany should have enough quality in their team to win however, so backing Joachim Low’s men to win-to-nil could be a profitable selection for your accumulator.

Recommended Bets:

Under 2.5 goals (EVENS with UniBet) – BET HERE

Germany to win to nil (6/5 with BetBright) – BET HERE