World Cup Tips: Enlightened England To March On

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719px-WC-2014-Brasil.svgWE’RE exactly a week into the World Cup and we’re in danger of taking this constant football lark for granted. We predict a serious comedown as soon as the group stage finishes.

Today it’s Columbia v Ivory Coast, followed by those ‘brave lions’ England v Uruguay, then Japan v Greece.

Columbia v Ivory Coast

The South Americans are favourites for this over a team who were the only African side not to taste defeat in the opening round of matches.

This game is a clash for supremacy in a group that also contains Japan and Greece. Like most games in this World Cup, I think we can expect goals. Columbia really are in an excellent vein of form, the last two games being 3-0 victories in a six on the bounce hot streak.

Although I don’t expect the Ivory Coast to win this one, they have scored in seven of their 11 last World Cup matches. Assuming the national team are keeping him sweet, you can get Yaya Toure 7/2 to score anytime from Betfred.

Uruguay v England

One of the worst performances so far in the tournament has come from the Uruguayans they looked jaded and bereft of ideas against the unfancied Costa Ricans.

England, on the other hand, put in their best performance in a World Cup game in a long while during their defeat at the hands of the Italians on Saturday night.

Despite the loss, a new emphasis on attack has left English fans hopeful of their side’s chances of progressing.

This is a must win game and with Raheem Sterling clearly given a licence to shoot on sight, he could be a good bet at odds of 12/1 to score first and 4/1 to net anytime, both from Ladbrokes.

Japan v Greece

Both sides lost their opening game so losing now would mean almost certain elimination. Greece were very poor against Columbia, the most worrying aspect being their once miserly defence looking a shadow of its former self.

Japan were unlucky on Saturday night to lose out to the Ivory Coast. They looked good in possession and attacked with speed and intent. Both sides defences are poor, so sticking with the trend of this World Cup we can expect goals and tonight I predict they’ll come mostly from the Japanese. You can get them to score over two goals at Boylesports for 4/1.

All odds correct as of 4pm yesterday

Raheem Sterling comes within inches of scoring with this thunderous effort against Italy in their first round match.

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