Thu, Jun 28, 1:52pm by Staff Writer
Reigning champions Germany have been eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 2-0 loss to South Korea in Kazan.
The Germans finished in last position in group E, with the minnows pulling off the upset of the tournament.
Sweden managed a 3-0 win against Mexico in Ekaterinburg to jump to first in the group, with Mexico fortunate to progress. If Germany had defeated South Korea as $1.17 favourites, El Tri would have been eliminated.
In group F, Brazil and Swizerland progress to the knockout rounds. A 2-0 win to Brazil placed them in top spot, with Switzerland’s 2-all draw with Serbia consigning them to second position.
Poland have been eliminated from the World Cup after two consecutive losses, but will be hoping to salvage something from a disappointing campaign when they face Japan.
The Blue Samurai earned a shock win against Colombia in their first match, followed by a 2-all draw against Senegal in Ekaterinburg.
They are priced as $2.56 favourites at Sportsbet to defeat Poland who are $2.90.
The draw is paying $3.15. Japan sit atop group H on four points, tied with Senegal. Japan boss Akira Nishino could opt for the same starting lineup which has served his side so well in its opening two games, with no injury concerns ahead of this match.
Japan are undefeated in 10 of their last 11 matches, while matches involving Poland have gone over 2.5 goals on 12 consecutive occasions.
Japan are in the driving seat to progress to the knockout rounds and need only a draw to do so. Poland’s campaign has been dire and they may struggle again in this game, but can salvage a point against a Japan side who do not need to win. Take the draw at $3.15.
Senegal and Colombia have met on two prior occasions, in 2014 and 2011, with a Colombia win and a draw being the two results.
This match is the biggest between these two sides, with the winner progressing to the knockout rounds. Anything but a Colombia win would see them eliminated, with Senegal through with a draw or win.
The South Americans start as very warm favourites at $1.86 at Sportsbet, with Senegal priced at $4.40. The draw is paying $3.55.
Senegal have been known to produce numerous upsets in World Cup’s gone by and will fancy their chances against a Colombia side that have yet to hit their straps this tournament.
Senegal are undefeated in their past 11 games and although Colombia possess a number of attacking options, the Senegalese are potent on the counter attack and could do enough to earn a point.
Colombia started as a similarly priced favourite against Japan and lost 2-1, so they are no sure thing. Back the draw at $3.55 in this one.
The final matches in group G take place on Thursday night, with England and Belgium fighting it out for top honours in Kaliningrad.
England are $2.60 favourites for the match, with Belgium $2.95 outsiders. The draw is paying $3.05.
A draw would ensure England finish atop the group thanks to a superior goal difference.
There is little to separate these two sides, with both posting impressive victories in the group stage thus far.
Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have been in sparkling form for their sides, but may see extended time on the bench given that this is a dead rubber.
Backing a draw at $3.05 or Belgium win at $2.94 given they are underdogs are the two plays worth considering in this match.
Panama and Tunisia meet in Saransk hoping to earn their first points of the tournament, with the North Africans big favourites.
Tunisia are $1.86 for the win at Sportsbet, with Panama priced at $4.30. The draw is paying $3.65.
It has been a nightmare tournament for Panama, who conceded six goals against England, while Tunisia had a similarly poor result against Tunisia losing 5-2.
This game will have goals, but Tunisia will be too strong, so take the $1.86 on them to win.
FIFA World Cup Match Odds – Sportsbet
Japan $2.56 Draw $3.15 Poland $2.90
Senegal $4.40 Draw $3.55 Colombia $1.86
Panama $4.30 Draw $3.65 Tunisia $1.86
England $2.60 Draw $3.05 Belgium $2.94
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