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World Cup Day 9: Previews and Betting Tips

Cameroon v Serbia 

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Cameroon will rue the second half of their opening game against Switzerland. They were superior in the first half but failed to turn that dominance into goals and then retreated into their shells when they conceded just after the break. What is clear is that, purely in terms of quality, Cameroon’s front six is pretty good. It is at the back and, more importantly, in their tactical organization, that they’re lacking. Right now, they could do with the self-exiled Joel Matip to steady them. 

A meeting with Serbia is unlikely to do them any favours. Against Brazil, Serbia were disciplined and held out for a long time before the deadlock was broken. They had issues creating dangerous chances against the Samba Boys, however. That said, one expects the task will be a lot more manageable this time: this Cameroon team is nowhere near as good as Brazil. 

Serbia will be eager to get their campaign up and running, and they have the star power to do precisely that. 

  • Serbia to win at 1.75 

Korea Republic v Ghana 

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Ghana can feel very aggrieved about the penalty decision that led to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal on Thursday. To that point, they had barely gotten out of their own half and were level through the profligacy of their opponents but the goal forced them to abandon a clear gameplan to sit deep and frustrate Portuguese efforts. Their response, though insufficient, should provide some solace. 

They can address that feeling of injustice when they take on Korea. The Asians began with a goalless draw against Uruguay, a match that was played at a quick tempo but was also lacking in goalmouth action. Ultimately, it was a point earned, and Korea will fancy this match as one where they can pick up the points they need to advance. 

Paulo Bento was a little conservative with his selections, but should cut loose a little here. The same is true for Ghana, who will not want to go into the final group match desperate for a result. This should make for a much more open match, on both sides of the halfway line. 

  • Over 2.5 goals at 2.43 

Brazil v Switzerland 

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As far as laying down a marker goes, Brazil were arguably the most impressive team in the first round of matches. It was not just the fact that they won, but the manner of their win, the strength of their bench and the calibre of the opponent they defeated — Serbia are no joke. 

They played with swagger of champions, and looked like a team conscious of their own destiny. To keep that feeling of invincibility, only wins will suffice, or else the bubble could be burst. 

Switzerland will not make it easy, however. The Swiss held Brazil to a draw at the 2018 World Cup, and even though they were not impressive against Cameroon, they came away with the win regardless. That indicates their knack for getting results regardless of form is intact, and they are the sort of stubborn nut that can jam up the Brazilian machine. 

Also, with star Neymar set to miss the rest of the Group Stage with injury, it remains to be seen how Brazil adjust. 

  • Highest scoring half — second half at 2.03  

Portugal v Uruguay 

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Portugal showed all of their strengths and weaknesses in their breathless 3-2 win over Ghana. When they play on the break, they have the talent at their disposal to blow their opponents out of the water; when faced with adversity at the other end, though, their defence is liable to crumble. 

This does not bode well for them ahead of a meeting with a Uruguay team that rarely gives up space in behind and that possesses some of the deadliest forwards in the competition. Uruguay scrapped to a 0-0 against Korea, and will be keen to get their first win. However, with Ghana still to come, the South Americans will be conscious of the fact that a draw would not be a disaster for them. 

Indeed, it is an outcome that would suit both parties, and that could condition the flow of this match. This is unlikely to be a rollercoaster, but Portugal will also want to win and qualify early for the knockout rounds and also to pay Uruguay back for knocking out of the World Cup in 2018. 

Ultimately, this should be a low-scoring game, despite the amount of attacking talent both teams possess.  

  • Under 2.5 goals at 1.66  


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