Wed, Jun 27, 2:10pm by Staff Writer
France and Denmark played out a stalemate in Russia to ensure both teams progress to the knockout rounds.
It was bad news for the Socceroos who despite having the bulk of the possession were unable to convert their opportunities in front of goal, losing 2-0.
In group D, Argentina left it late to defeat Nigeria and progressed to a round of 16 match against France.
Croatia made it three wins from three games with a 2-1 win against Iceland.
Group play concludes in groups E and F overnight, with Brazil and Germany among the teams in action.
Mexico has enjoyed a stellar campaign thus far and are $2.40 favourites to make it three straight wins in group F when they play Sweden in Ekaterinburg.
Sweden are $3.30 underdogs and are in need of a win to potentially seal their passage through to the knockout rounds. The draw is paying $3.30.
After stifling world champions Germany for 90 minutes, the Swedes conceded in the 95th minute to shatter their hopes of reaching the knockout stages, relying on Germany to falter to progress.
Given Sweden’s desperation in this match and Mexico’s safety, Sweden to win at $3.30 offers great value.
Germany are $1.20 favourites to defeat the eliminated South Korea in Kazan. South Korea are paying $17 to earn their first win at the 2018 event.
After a poor showing against Mexico in their first game, Germany needed to bounce back against Sweden and they left it until the death to earn the three points.
They are now in the box-seat to progress to the knockout rounds and should score a multiple goal win against South Korea.
The Asian nation has struggled in its two matches this tournament, failing to win either of them.
Germany to lead at half-time/full-time at $1.61 or Germany at the 2-goal handicap at $2.20 are the plays.
Serbia will need a huge upset victory against Brazil to progress to the knockout rounds and are $7.50 underdogs to do so.
Brazil are priced as $1.50 favourites and are placed atop group E.
They are the current tournament favourites at $5 and left it until stoppage time to score a 2-0 victory against Costa Rica in their last game.
The Brazilians were relentless in attack, but failed to breach Costa Rica’s defence until the 90th minute, despite a host of chances.
Serbia will need to come out and attack in this game, which could leave them vulnerable in defence.
A half-time draw, Brazil full-time win looks the best option at $3.75, given the low price on offer for a Brazil straight up win.
Switzerland will fancy their chances of defeating Costa Rica as $1.80 favourites, with the Central American minnows priced at $6. The draw is paying $3.30.
A win for Switzerland would guarantee their passage to the knockout rounds and favourites priced between $1.60-$1.90 have had good success during the tournament, with only Colombia losing to Japan when priced in that range.
With that in mind, a bet on Switzerland to win at $1.80 is the play.
FIFA World Cup Match Odds – Sportsbet
Mexico $2.40 Draw $3.30 Sweden $3.30
South Korea $17 Draw $7.50 Germany $1.20
Serbia $7.50 Draw $4.50 Brazil $1.50
Switzerland $1.80 Draw $3.30 Costa Rica $6
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