There was drama aplenty on Wednesday, as Argentina sealed their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup courtesy of a 2-0 win over Poland to complete a fine turnaround since their opening defeat.
That 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia acted as a wake-up call and wins over Mexico and Poland ensured they topped the group - even if not at their best - while Poland managed to sneak through in second place by virtue of fewer yellow cards than Mexico.
Elsewhere, in Group C France opted for mass changes in their tie against Tunisia having already qualified and subsequently lost 1-0, while the other major surprise of the day saw Denmark - fancied as dark horses prior to the competition - knocked out after losing 1-0 to Australia, who themselves progress through.
Thursday sees Canada and Morocco face off with the latter in the driving seat for a last 16 spot, while Belgium must topple Croatia if they wish to progress. In the later games, Germany must beat Costa Rica and hope Spain beat Japan otherwise they could become the first major casualty of the tournament.
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Betting Tip of the Day
Japan vs Spain – 1st Dec 19:00
Over 7.5 Match Corners
Over 1.5 Match Goals
Group E is still wide open with all 4 teams in the running to qualify for the knockout stages. Spain just need to avoid defeat to send through whereas Japan would need the win to guarantee qualification or a draw and hope the other games goes in their favour. They missed a huge opportunity against Cost Rica in the last game losing 1-0 which would have seen them home and dry into the next round if they performed the way they did against Germany in their opening game.
Spain have been one of the standout teams so far this tournament and we fully expect them to qualify with the quality within their team. Other than Morata, Spain haven’t played with a focal striker but still delivered goals across their midfield and attacking options so expect them to continue this into the Japan game.
75% of Spain and Japan’s games have seen over 1.5 match goals with Spain scoring 8 in their 2 games so far. If the game is goalless at half time, Japan will have no option to press forward which will play into Spain’s hand with the quality in the midfield to exploit the space and create chances
There is a 9.8 corners per game average between the 2 sides with 5.10 from Spain and 4.70 from Japan. With so much at stake, both teams will be pressing to win to nullify the result in the other fixture
Canada vs Morocco – 1st Dec 15:00
Over 7.5 Match Corners
Over 2.5 Yellow Cards
Morocco come into their final game with a fantastic win over Belgium and if they avoid defeat, they will see themselves progress to the knockout stages. Morocco have never lost to Canada in all previous meeting (W2 D1) but their last meeting was in 2016 and Canada have certainly come a long way since then.
There is an 8.9 corners per game average between the 2 sides. Morocco seem to concede more corners than they earn but today I can see this being the opposite way round. Yet to concede a goal, they will be playing high up the pitch with enough quality to hurt Canada in the wide areas which will result in more corners. They may look to waste time too should the game be out of sight keeping the ball in the corner where corners may rack up
Both teams have committed on average 12 fouls a game and have also drawn 13+ fouls a game too so expect this to be no different with tackles flying in. We’ve seen an average of 4.73 cards per game from these 2 teams which is above the World Cup average of 3.36. This coupled with the fact that Raphael Claus is taking charge who averages over 4 cards a game, over 2.5 cards looks like good value.
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World Cup Betting Offers for Existing Customers
One of the most popular offer types is the boosted odds offer. As well as giving you great value on a bet - you get some of the biggest odds available on the market - it benefits both new and existing customers through placing a bet on a selection, and accessing bigger odds than are elsewhere on the market.
Early payout offers have grown dramatically over the past couple of seasons, so don’t be surprised to see a few more of these around during the World Cup. With these offers, if your team goes ahead, usually by two goals, then you are given an early payout.
Whatever happens during the rest of the match, you have a winner, even if your team loses, a great way to give yourself an extra bit of cover when betting on teams to win in Qatar.
Which are the best World Cup betting offers?
The most common betting offer is known as ‘Bet and Get’, which usually involves placing a qualifying bet in order to unlock your free bets. For example, in order to get a £20 free bet, you will need to deposit and stake £10 at odds of 1/2 or greater.
Another type of promotion is the enhanced odds, which offer punters better odds on a sports event than is typically available, so 1/2 odds become 20/1. The very best enhanced odds offers for the World Cup will appear here on this page during the tournament.
The new customers will indeed be able to benefit from several offers before or during the World Cup, but this doesn’t mean that the existing customers are neglected.
Many bookmakers will run loyalty programmes and weekly free bets clubs, which will provide their customers with free bets on a weekly or even daily basis.