Day #10 World Cup
Day 10 of the World Cup – Bet tips and previews
The 2022 World Cup is now in full swing; some of the best sides have already laid down markers for the latter stages with dominant performances while others are looking uncharacteristically wobbly (we’re looking at you, Lionel Messi & Argentina, and the Germans!)
Make sure that you’re celebrating along with the winning teams by placing bets on them, with a little help from us via the betting tips we’ve shared below.
Netherlands v Qatar
Qatar became the first World Cup hosts to not only lose their opening match, but be eliminated before the final round of group matches. They were utterly hapless against Ecuador, and while they were game for the second half against Senegal, their lack of quality was still evident.
If the Asian side had any hopes of a face-saving qualification despite their two losses, however, they were certainly quenched by the Netherlands’ draw with Ecuador. It also means the Oranje come into the Qatar match not certain of progress, and therefore in need of a result.
The 1-1 scoreline against Ecuador actually flattered the Dutch, as their South American counterparts were firmly the better side. Nevertheless, Netherlands held on for a point, and here Louis van Gaal’s side can more or less secure passage to the Round of 16 with a win. With their qualitative advantage, any less than a convincing result and performance would be deeply disappointing.
- Netherlands to win without conceding at 1.73
Ecuador v Senegal
Ecuador were hugely impressive in their draw with the Netherlands, coming back from an early concession to dominate the match. It means their confidence is at an all-time high coming into this final group match, as they are unbeaten in the competition.
They really only need a draw to advance, and in order to get it they will have to tame the Teranga Lions of Senegal. The reigning African champions got their campaign back on track by beating Qatar 3-1, but the performance did little to inspire confidence. In the second half, the hosts created a number of chances, and Senegal were left to rely on goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Senegal’s situation is complicated by the fact that, unlike Ecuador, they actually need to win this one. However, the quality of their play is not compatible with creating chances against good teams. It only takes one mistake for the African champions to win, though: that’s what makes the World cup so fascinating.
- Both teams to not score (NG) at 1.90
Wales v England
Considering how long they waited to return to this stage, Wales have been desperately disappointing at this World Cup. They took the entire first half off against the USA and got a draw, but against Iran they were not so fortunate. If they are to stand a chance of progressing, they need a win here.
England will be a daunting opponent for them, though. Granted, the Three Lions were played off the park by the USA, but that was an American side playing without fear and at full tilt. Against most other opponents, England will still go in as clear favourites. For good reason too, considering the quality at their disposal.
More perilous for Wales, however, is the fact that Gareth Southgate’s side cannot afford to rest on their laurels. They need a result here to make qualification sure, and so there will be no letting up.
- England to win at 1.45
Iran v USA
Both of these sides posted strong performances in their second matches, with caveats included. Iran dominated Wales thoroughly and hit the woodwork multiple times but needed a red card to finally close out the game. For their part, the USA outplayed England and made them look ordinary, but had to settle for a goalless draw due to the lack of a clinical edge.
This means there is everything to play for going into this one, charged as it is with political undertones. However, there will be more than enough tension on the pitch: in order to advance, USA need to win, while a draw would probably suit Iran just fine, provided Wales don’t win against England.
This dynamic is a difficult one to second-guess most of the time: will the nerves get to the USA, or will the added motivation drive them to success? Will Iran be liberated by not needing to win, or will it make them cagey and negative? These are the important questions.
- Both teams to score at 1.92
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