France v Croatia Preview and Best Bets

It promises to be a great World Cup Final with some excellent talent on show.

For France Mbappe and Griezmann have been superb all tournament, however it’s their defensive performances which have shone in the Quarter and Semi-Final with Varane and Umtiti scoring and two clean sheets.

All over the pitch France have been very strong and are worthy favourites to land their second world cup.

Croatia have not won any of their knock-out matches in 90 minutes with two penalty shoot out wins and an extra time win over England.

In the semi-final they showed their experience as the game went on with Perisic, Rakitic and especially the world class magician Modric excelling as they dominated.

Will the Final be one-step too far for Croatia? Or can they complete another victory in extra time or penalties?

Best Bets

France are worthy favourites, but at odds-on, we’re not advising a bet on this market.

In the goalscorer markets, set pieces have been a strength of France so anytime goalscorer we will put up Varane at 10/1 (11.0) and Umtiti 11/1 (12.0)

With their defensive strength a 1-0 France win at 19/5 (6.90) could be the play in correct score.

However, it you feel that Croatia’s name is on the trophy then their best route is extra time or penalties. A win for Croatia in Extra time is 10/1 (11.0) and penalties is 9/1 (10.0)

Good luck with your bets.

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Three Lions to Roar past Colombia

England head into their round of 16 match versus Colombia with many of their first XI fully refreshed after not playing v Belgium in the final group game.

Therefore, Kane, Sterling, Lingard and Henderson will be ready to come out the blocks quickly and aim to give England that early goal which can see them onto victory.

Kane has been on fire this tournament with 5 goals in two games and will be raring to add to this tally as he comes up against his spurs teammate Sancez.

For Colombia they come into this match up in fine spirits after a tough 1-0 win over Senegal followed by a 3-0 cruise over Poland.

The big doubt is over superstar James Rodriquez who picked up an injury and is a doubt for the match. If he is missing, England will take a huge boost.

Best Bets

With many of England’s first XI coming into this game fresh, England can get on the scoresheet early and then push on to victory. England half time / England full time at 19/10 is a value bet we like.

Given Colombia’s firepower and England not being able to keep clean sheets another selection we like is England to win and both teams to score at 41/10.

Finally, after his super strike v Panama, we fancy Jesse Lingard to score anytime at 3/1.

Good luck with your bets.


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World Cup – Final Group G & H Games

Group G

It’s a battle between England and Belgium to see who tops Group G. England currently are in pole position courtesy of a betting disciplinary record given both teams have same goal difference.

Both teams may alter the starting XI to give some players a rest, but England’s clear attitude of wanting to keep momentum up could be the deciding factor in this match.

Both teams know each other well given the amount of Premier League players on show so may be interesting to see how this game pan out late in second half as both teams may feel a draw suits them both.


Group H

The key match up here is Senegal v Colombia. The improving Colombia will fancy their chances against a Senegal team who are not strong defensively and with Falcao and Rodriguez performing well against Poland it could be trouble for Senegal.

Sadio Mane and his Senegalise team will give all they have to get a result from this game, but it may not be enough to qualify as Japan face a Poland team who may not put up much of a fight as they are already eliminated from the tournament.


Best Bets

After tipping two winners in England’s previous match of Harry Kane to score a brace and John Stones any time, we are going for a Hat trick.

To keep it simple, an England win v Belgium at 33/20 is our best bet from this match up. Next up would be 11/10 Harry Kane to score anytime in the match.

In Group H, Colombia’s superb display against Poland leads us to tipping them to beat Senegal, but at odds on, we’d prefer to go with Colombia to win & both teams to score at 29/10.


World Cup – Final Group C & D Games

Group C

France have won both matches and not been convincing on either occasion v Australia and Peru.

Their final group game they face Denmark who beat Peru in an entertaining first match and then followed this up with a draw against Australia.

Denmark are a good outfit and with Christian Eriksen they have a top player in form who can cause any country big problems.

This promised to be a tight encounter with France knowing anything but a defeat will land top spot.


Group D

It’s win or bust for Argentina as they host a Nigeria team brimming with confidence after their win over Iceland.

Argentina were outclassed against Croatia and they need a huge improvement if they are to beat Nigeria and qualify and their big players to step up and do the business.

Defensively Argentina also look vulnerable and with the quick counter attacking of Nigeria, they won’t hold back in trying to knock out the finalists in 2014.


Best Bets

With France yet to hit top gear and both teams happy with a point in order to qualify, we are tipping up a draw in France v Denmark at 8/5. Looking at correct score, it could be worth a value selection of 1-1 at 33/10.

Argentina face a huge match v Nigeria and we believe this will not be straight forward for Messi and co.  A Nigeria win at 5/1 is our value selection for this match and we would recommend Double Chance (Nigeria or Draw) at 13/10.

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World Cup – Group G – England v Panama

After a last minute winner by Harry Kane, England rejoice with the nation as confidence is on a high.

Englands’ super striker netted both goals in the 2-1 win over Tunisia and will be licking his lips to add to this tally against a poor Panama side.

Deli Alli picked up a knock in the match and is doubtful to play on Sunday meaning Marcus Rashford or Ruben Loftus Cheek may get a starting spot in the second group match.

For Panama, they defended well in the first half against Belgium, but ultimately buckled under the constant pressure and a ended up with a 3-0 defeat.

Sundays match will be a chance for England to score a few goals and then head into the final group game against Belgium to see who tops the group.

Best Bets

Harry Kane is full of confidence and will be eager to add to his world cup goal tally. Back Harry to net a brace at 5/2 with Energybet.

Given Englands great strength in the air from set pieces against Tunisia there is value in backing the two tall centre halves to score anytime. Back Harry Maguire to score anytime at 9/1  or John Stones at 12/1 to net anytime.

In the correct score market if England start the way they did against Tunisia, the goals could flow quickly. Try a correct score of 4-0 England at 83/10 and cheer the goals on.

Good luck with your bets.

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World Cup – Group G – Germany v Sweden

Who would have thought the reigning World Cup champions would lose their opening game to Mexico.

Germany didn’t look their usual self, struggled to create many clear-cut chances, and were caught out by a quick counter attack from the lively Mexicans.

It’s now time for the real Germany to show up and Timo Werner, along with Ozil and Muller will need their shooting boots on if they are going to get 3 points over Sweden.

The Swedes secured a 1-0 win over South Korea and know a win will secure them a knock-out spot and eliminate the Germans.

This may be a tall order, but they will defend deep and try and hold out for a draw.


Best Bets

We don’t see many goals in this and the Germans will be gunning to secure a win to get their qualification ambitions back on track.

Given the Swedes defeated Italy in the play-offs, they know how to defend as a team when it matters most, but the value bet is the Germans will eventually break through.

Therefore, we fancy Draw Half Time / Germany Full Time at 47/20 as our best bet.

In the correct score market we would put up 1-0 Germany at 9/2 as our pick.

Good luck with your bets.

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World Cup – Group G – Tunisia v England

England open their World Cup account against Tunisia on Monday evening.

This is a crucial game for England as Tunisia hold the most threat to England qualifying out of the group.

England don’t have the best opening game record in World Cup tournaments recently, however with a very good preparation, should be too strong for a resilient Tunisian outfit.

England’s opening will defend deep and play on the counter attack so England need to be solid once they lose possession and at set pieces.

In warm up matches Tunisia marginally lost to Spain 1-0 so it may take the three lions a bit of time to open the scoring to patience is a key.

Harry Kane is England’s top hope to set the World Cup alive and he will be itching to get a goal in this opening game.

But don’t rule out Alli, Sterling or Lingard being the ones that net the first goal in England’s campaign.


Best Bets

Don’t expect a comfortable England victory here as a cagey opening game may be in store. England should come out on top but there is no value in backing an England win at (4/9)

Correct score wise England to win 1-0 (4/1) or 2-0 (22/5) are our selections for this match.

In the goalscoer markets take Raheem Sterling to score anytime at (6/5)

And our top tip is England to win and under 2.5 goals at (19/10)

Good luck with your bets.

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World Cup – Top Goalscorer

Scoring goals in the World Cup is no mean feat. To be Top Goalscorer in the Tournament is a great accolade to have. James Rodriguez of Colombia topped the charts in World Cup 2010.

Let’s run you through the likely front runners for World Cup 2018 and some value bets.

You have to start with Neymar (10/1) and Lionel Messi (9/1) from Brazil & Argentina. Both nations changes can hinge on these two stars performing and banging in the goals to lead their country to the Final and to victory. It is now or never for Messi so can this be his Tournament.

Looking close to home and with Englands & Belgiums group featuring Tunisia & Panama and a potentially comfortable last 16 match, Harry Kane (16/1) and Romelo Lukaku (18/1) who will lead the lines for their respective countries have to be taken seriously.

Scoring in the Premier League for fun, both of them know how to finish, but it is a different story in World Cups. However, with the defensives in front of them, we expect both to score a few giving them a big chance to land the prize.

Given Germany are likely to go very well again this Tournament, their man striker at the tournament is likely going to be Timo Werner. He is priced at 16/1 to take the Golden Boot with Bayern Munich’s Tomas Muller who also knows where the net is priced at 33/1 to take the honors.

Best Bets

We would say a wager on Harry Kane (16/1) is worthwhile along with Timo Werner (16/1). Both will lead the line for their countries throughout and should hit enough goals to be in contention.

At longer odds Philippe Coutinho (50/1) of Brazil is worth an each-way punt along with Luis Suarez (25/1) of Uruguay and  Mario Mandzukic (66/1) of Croatia.

If you need other expert opinions then check out Justin Edinburgh’s video on Energybet World where he reveals his top tips.

Good luck with your bets.

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World Cup – Outright Preview and Best Bets

It is almost here. World Cup 2018 in Russia. 32 teams and the usual suspects at the head of the betting to lift the trophy in July.

Let’s take a look at all the likely challengers in more detail then give you a top tip, plus a few lively outsiders who could go well.

At the top of the betting sit the two teams who have won the Tournament the most in Brazil and Germany.

Brazil (4/1) will be fired up to win their 6th World Cup and with new coach in Dunga, he knows what it takes to win. Neymar is the star and is fighting to be fit for the tournament after injury with club side PSG. Coutinho, Jesus and Firmino are all likely to be the ones contributing at the business end with Wilian as well. Qualifying was a breeze and the boys from Brazil will take all the beating.

Germany (9/2)  come in as likely winners to deliver back-to-back success for Loew. A very strong squad of talented players, the Germans know how to deliver on the big stage. Sane, Draxler, Ozil, Khadeira, Reus are experienced players with young striker Timo Werner ready to score the goals to fire the Germans all the way to the final. You can’t see many weaknesses in the squad to expect them to go well.

Winners of World Cup 2010 Spain (6/1) are fancies by some to go well with a good squad capable of having plenty of possession and making it count in front of goal. Conditions will suit in Russia and with players in the form of Costa, Pigue, Ramos, Silva, it could be god enough to taste victory.

France (13/2) come in to the Tournament boasting some world class talent in Pogba and Griezmann. They along with the solid Lloris in goal and midfield of Kante can cause many teams problems.


Top Tip

Lastly Argentina are in the running at 9/1. They are our top tip to win this years Tournament. With Messi ready to give everything to land the trophy and Higuain, Dybala, Macherano and Aguero, there is huge amount of talent ready to show the World.



Uruguay (33/1) are a very settled team and in Cavani and Suarez they have two world class strikers who can score and create plenty. With the strong Godin at centre back, he can keep the defensive side under raps and with a bit of luck in the knock out stages, they could cause shockwaves and land the biggest prize.

Good luck with your bets.

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