Morning all! Well – after seeing Spain exit at the group stage, and Australia push Holland all the way, it was good to get an expected result in the Croatia game. Despite picking Holland Race to 3 Goals and Chile +2 Handicap in the first 2, we romped home in the Croatia game – HT/FT @ 13/8, Race to 2 @ 6/5, Mandzukic + Win @ 2/1 and -1 @ 29/20.
Today is another day however, and we see England take on Uruguay to pretty much stay in the competition. Anything other than a win and we are all relying on Italy to beat both Costa Rica and Uruguay, as well as Us beating Costa Rica which looks tricky at the moment. Colombia also take on the Ivory Coast, and Japan face Greece. Here are our picks:
Colombia vs Ivory Coast
Both won their first games – so both will be confident going into this afternoon’s early kick off. We like Colombia in this one – they should have too much attacking-wise for the Ivorians to handle. BTTS + Over 2.5 Goals is at a hefty 11/8, and if you don’t think Ivory Coast will breach the defensive line of Colombia, then the South American giants are at 6/5 to score over 1.5 Goals. If you aren’t quite sure on the win – Win Either Half is currently around 6/10 or 4/7 – it keeps changing!
Our pick for Score + Win in this game are Cuadrado A/T + Colombia Win @ 11/2.
Top Tip – Colombia Over 1.5 Goals @ 6/5
Uruguay vs England
This is a must-not-lose game for Roy Hodgson’s men. We simply cannot lose! With Rooney expected to lead the line, or at least play off Sturridge – England should flourish. As with the first game, we think BTTS + Over 2.5 @ 11/10 is a great price. We also like England Score Both Halves @ 2/1, and an outside Tip is England Race to 3 Goals @ 4/1 (Over 1.5 Goals is a safer bet @ Evens).
Sterling looked incredible against Italy, even Pirlo said that he was the only player that caused him problems. We like Sterling A/T + England win @ 5/1.
Top Tip – England Score Both Halves @ 2/1
Japan vs Greece
For these two, this is a must win – and that should mean goals! Both lost their first game, and both desperately need a win to stand any chance of going through. For us this looks like a day full of goals – another BTTS + Over 2.5 Goals is at 6/4 as we speak (or type, or read…). We are confident Japan will score 2 goals, Over 1.5 is 11/8, but a gut feeling is Greece will grab the first goal @ 13/10, giving Japan the kick up the jacksy they need sometimes.
Okazaki A/T + Japan Win – 17/5.
Top Tip – Japan Over 1.5 Goals @ 11/8
We have a couple of trebles today:
- Japan/England/Colombia Win Either Half – 3.07/1
- All Three Games BTTS + Over 2.5 Goals – 11.5/1
- England/Colombia/Japan All Over 1.5 Goals – 9.5/1
Number 3 is our personal favourite! Top Tip is definitely Number 3!!