England, USA, the Netherlands and Senegal became the latest sides to book their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup on Tuesday as the tournament steps into the decisive round of the groups.
Brazil, Portugal and France had been the only three sides to progress to the last 16 with a perfect record after two games in Qatar, but comprehensive wins for England and the Dutch put down statements of intent ahead of the next round.
Argentina, Denmark and Belgium are among the sides facing a battle to seal their places in the next stages while Germany have it all to do on Thursday if they wish to progress as the tournament begins to take shape, with groups C and D to be decided on Wednesday - day 10 of the tournament.
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World Cup Betting Tip of the Day by TipMan
Poland v Argentina - 30th 19:00
Over 7.5 Match Corners
Over 2.5 Match Cards
The two favourites for qualification out of Group C meet here in Argentina and Poland with Poland sat top of the group and Argentina 2nd after 2 games. All is still to play for as mathematically, all 4 sides in this group can still qualify. Argentina on the back of a 2-0 win over Mexico, and Poland on the back of a 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia.
With so much to play for and Argentina knowing that a draw may not be enough to qualify, we expect an end-to-end game with plenty of big tackles and cynical fouls to prevent counter attacks. A draw is enough for Poland to seal qualification. Already a very defensive side we expect most of the game will be played in their half which should lead to plenty of corners and cards.
There is an 8.8 corners per game average between the 2 sides, and 3.09 cards. With so much still left to play for, we expect more cards than that and over 2.5 should land with ease. Argentina earn 4.9 corners per game on average, however with the need to attack here we expect that to be a lot higher. Poland may also waste time and run the ball into the corner often which can lead to corners.
Over 2.5 cards has landed in 74% of their games combined, and over 7 corners in 60% but for the reasons listed above, we feel that is great value here.
Australia v Denmark - 30th 15:00
Over 7.5 Match Corners
Under 3.5 Match Goals
Australia take on Denmark here in Group D with all 4 teams still vowing for a spot in the knockout rounds. Australia come into this game on the back of a 1-0 win over Tunisia much against the run of play. Denmark are on the back of a late 2-1 defeat to France in a game where they probably deserved at least a point.
Denmark will be the favourites to win here and should have the quality in their side to see this through and progress into the next round. Denmark have to push for the win as anything less will see them exit the World Cup. Australia will be aware that a point should be enough to see them through.
Denmark had 4 corners against France conceding 6, whilst they had 11 corners against Tunisia where they pushed for a win. We expect similar statistics this match where they will be favourites and have to push to win the game. Australia will not win many corners but conceded 11 against France in their opener. They may look to waste time though and put the ball into the corners where corners may rack up. The teams average 9.9 corners per game but we expect Denmark may win 8 corners on their own here.
The sides average 2 goals per game and over 3.5 match goals happen in just 15% of games involving the 2 sides. Australia know that a draw will be enough and may prove difficult to break down.
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Tunisia v France
France to win
France have all but sealed top spot in Group D barring some miraculous results in the final games. Tunisia would have to beat France by a bigger score than Denmark beat Australia to qualify, or beat France and hope that Australia and Denmark draw, regardless of other results, they have to beat France here to have any chance of qualifying. France will likely rest a few key players and have the options of giving game time to the likes of Pavard, Saliba, Thuram, Coman, Guendouzi and Konate. Whoever France decide to play, will be trying to impress and win a spot in the team selected for the knockout stages. France should beat a poor Tunisia side here and carry confidence into the next round.
Poland v Argentina
Argentina to win
Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 to revive their World Cup run after an opening 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia. Poland then beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 but rather against the run of play and were lucky to claim the 3 points there. This group is wide open, and all 4 teams can still qualify. Lionel Messi scored a stunner and set one up and looks back to his former self. Poland have been poor in their opening 2 games despite not conceding a goal. The quality of Argentina should shine through with ease here and seal the top spot in Group C.
Australia v Denmark
Denmark to win
Australia are somehow still in this competition. They beat Tunisia 1-0 despite being 2nd best to everything that game, and now have a chance to qualify out of the group stages against the odds. Denmark need to win to qualify. They were very unlucky to not to get anything from the France game, however played some good football, creating some great chances and not conceding too many. Denmark are a good side, and many people’s dark horses this tournament. They should brush past Australia and seal a place in the knockout rounds.
Saudi Arabia v Mexico
Over 0.5 Saudi Arabia Goals
Saudi Arabia have been the surprise team to us at this World Cup. They caused one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history beating Argentina 2-1 on the opening day, but were then defeated 2-0 to Poland much against the run of play. They attack in number and are a very athletic and aggressive side. Mexico were brushed aside from Argentina and sit bottom on 1 point. They’ve not really turned up yet and they now have to win this game if they want to qualify, which will leave them open at the back for Saudi Arabia counter attacks who will also be playing for the win. Mexico not to keep a clean sheet looks great value.
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