Day #11 World Cup
Day 11 of the World Cup – Bet tips and previews
Australia v Denmark
Australia may not be the most technically gifted team at this World Cup, but what they lack in talent, they make up for in heart and a strong work ethic. This was enough to earn them all three points against Tunisia, their first win at the World Cup since 2010.
That has given them a chance, at the very least. A draw against Denmark is a tall ask, however. While the Danes have been underwhelming in their play and results, they boast superior quality, and will view this as a must-win game.
One suspects Australia will be liberated by not needing to win, and so this game will be about how Denmark respond to pressure: can they rise above it and do what is necessary?
- Both teams to score – No at 1.83
Tunisia v France
France’s qualification for the Round of 16 has been well-earned, and so they are likely to rotate their starting lineup quite heavily for this match with top spot secured already.
Not that it should matter much. Tunisia failed to build on an encouraging draw with Denmark in the opening match; they were awful against Australia, lacking ideas and even more worryingly, playing without desire. If they could not muster enthusiasm to face the Aussies, it is unlikely they would be able to get it up against even a second-string France side.
A look at the players that would make up a second-string France team: William Saliba, Eduardo Camavinga, Benjamin Pavard, Matteo Guendouzi, Ibrahima Konate, Kingsley Coman shows the enormity of the task ahead for Tunisia: these would beat most teams in the competition on quality alone.
- France to score in both halves at 2.35
Poland v Argentina
Just when it looked like Argentina were dead and buried, up popped Lionel Messi to bring them back to life. It was a brilliant contribution fitting his standing both in the game and his importance to this Albiceleste squad.
Poland also gave themselves a lifeline by beating Saudi Arabia. With a more attacking lineup, the Poles converted their opportunities despite another rousing performance by the Saudis, who had plenty of chances themselves — including a missed penalty.
What this means is that a point here would suit Poland down to the ground. It may also work out for Argentina, provided there is no big-margin win for either side in the other group match. However, the South Americans will be wary of leaving it up to that, and would no doubt like to have their destiny in their hands.
Considering Poland’s struggles defending the midfield zone against Saudi Arabia, it is easy to see how Argentina might dominate and fashion a number of chances.
- Both teams to score at 2.15
Saudi Arabia v Mexico
Mexico played physical, aggressive football against Argentina, and for a while it seemed to work. However, the genius of Lionel Messi broke the game open, and in truth El Tri deserved nothing more for their lack of ambition. Improbably, though, they are still in with a chance of qualifying.
The same goes for Saudi Arabia, who were unfortunate to lose to Poland. They will rue their penalty miss, as well as a number of good chances that were spurned. Improbably, they could now fail to progress despite that famous victory over Argentina.
In order to avert that fate, the Saudis will have to beat Mexico. A draw might do, but that would depend on Argentina losing to Poland, which seems like a long shot. For Mexico, however, even a win would be needed to even put them in the frame. To get that, though, they would need to play much better than the forgettable fare they have served up so far.
- Saudi Arabia to win or over 2.5 goals at 1.57
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