Day #13 World Cup
13th day of the World Cup games Bet tips and previews
Ghana v Uruguay
It was always going to come down to this. The bad blood between these two nations, going back 12 years, was on everyone’s minds when the draws were made. This will add extra spice to a game that already has a lot riding on it: whoever wins here is through to the knockout round (in the case of Uruguay, provided Korea do not beat Portugal by an equal or greater margin.)
Ghana attacked in bursts against a Korea team that could not live with their deliveries into the box, and then held on for dear life late on. It may not be pretty, but it has been proven to work. However, they are coming up against an opponent that, historically, has written the book on playing moments well. Uruguay will battle hard in midfield, and it is clear to see this game will be ill-tempered and lacking in flow.
- Draw at 3.75 odds
Korea Republic v Portugal
Portugal have already secured a place in the Round of 16 on the back of two wins, and so they can afford to rest a couple of starters for this one. However, considering coach Fernando Santos has been heavily criticised for his conservative selection, even Portugal’s reserve team will be brimming with quality.
That spells trouble for Korea, whose failure to eke out a result against Ghana leaves them needing to win this one handsomely, while hoping things go their way in the other match. It is a very tall order, and as the minutes tick by here, coach Paulo Bento will have plenty of time to curse his team’s luck against the Black Stars.
That said, Portugal have displayed some vulnerability in wide areas, which are the zones in which Korea like to create. That might offer the Asian side a potential route to success here.
- Both teams to score at 1.81 odds
Serbia v Switzerland
Serbia were disappointing in their defending against a distracted Cameroon side. It may have led to one of the games of the competition, but in truth it did few favours for Dragan Stojkovic’s side, who now need to win against their rivals, both on and off the pitch. Everyone remembers the remarkable ending of their meeting four years ago.
Switzerland, however, will be content to simply draw. They held off Brazil for as long as was humanly possible, and posed a threat of their own before Casemiro’s brilliant winner. This is what the Swiss do: they are functional, but they are effective and can match up to anyone.
Serbia displayed some weakness in defending the wide areas, and it is easy to see Silvan Widmer powering forward on the right, as well as the speed of Breel Embolo causing them problems on the break.
- Over 2.5 total goals at 1.92 odds
Cameroon v Brazil
Brazil are through, and proved they could handle the unavailability of Neymar without losing a lot. The starting XI will get to put their feet up, but there are a number of fringe members of the squad who would love nothing more than to make an impression on coach Tite.
Cameroon need to win to stand a chance of progressing, however. There is, predictably enough, drama around their squad at the moment, with star goalkeeper Andre Onana suspended from the squad on disciplinary grounds. However, they put all of that to the side to roar back against Serbia, and it now seems like a front two of Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting should have been the way to go from the start.
However, at the back, things are no clearer. Seeing the ease with which Serbia sliced them open does not inspire a great deal of hope.
- Brazil to win and keep a clean sheet at 1.90 odds
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