So – another depressing evening for England fans, leaving them teetering on the edge, should Either Uruguay or Costa Rica gain a point against Italy – England are out. In terms of Tips yesterday, the Colombia game came up trumps, as did BTTS + Over 2.5 in the England-Uruguay game. The Japan game was utterly boring, with both needing a win really you’d have thought they both would be going for it, but no, Japan had 74% of possession and did little with it and Greece had a man sent off and were content with 0-0.
Onto today – Italy face Costa Rica, France take on Switzerland and the World Cup’s very own UFC team, Honduras, look to kick the living daylights out of Ecuador. We start with Game 1:
Italy vs Costa Rica
After beating Uruguay, nobody is sure what to expect from Costa Rica – their manager boldly predicted pre-World Cup they would go through with Italy – who knew he could have been close! Italy should overpower the South Americans, but we think with Italy’s issues, with just 1 win in nearly 10 games, they may concede. BTTS + Over 2.5 is a good bet @ 11/8, and a favourite of mine is Italy Score Both Halves @ 6/4. Italy + BTTS is currently @ 10/3 – which we think is a great bet!
Candreva anytime is 7/2, and add it to an Italian win and it jumps to 5/1!
Top Tip – Race to 2 Goals @ 4/5
Switzerland vs France
Switzerland got off to a shakey start, going 1 down to Ecuador before rectifying this in injury time, winning 2-1. France hammered Honduras, Karim Benzema scoring two and a debatable 3rd was given to Valledares, which was marginally across the line. This should be a brilliant game – possibly one of the best so far – we like BTTS + Over 2.5 Goals @ 29/20, as well as France Race to 2 Goals @ 6/5. Switzerland Win Either Half could be a good bet @ 17/10, and Even +1 Handicap is Evens.
Benzema + France Win – 2/1: Great Value!
Top Tip – France Race to 2 Goals @ 6/5
Honduras vs Ecuador
Ecuador should really be winning this game – the Hondurans are missing Wilson Palacios after his red card, which is their most influential player. They will look to frustrate the Ecuadorian’s – but we see the likes of Enner and Antonio Valencia getting through their slow defence. Should be like the Croatia-Cameroon game – over and done with by half time!
Double Result (HT/FT) is a great bet @ 6/4 and Race to 2 Goals is @ Evens. Win to Nil is @ 13/8 and is a personal favourite of mine. E Valencia + Ecuador Win is 21/10.
Top Tip – Ecuador Win to Nil @ 13/8
So, another day of intriguing football ahead – we expect Italy, France and Ecuador Wins – that treble pays nearly 4/1. However, our Top Treble of the Day is:
- Italy Race to 2 (4/5), France Race to 2 (6/5), Ecuador WTN (13/8) – 9.5/1
A rather Cheeky Treble if you fancy something longer is:
- Italy + BTTS (10/3), France + BTTS (5/2), Ecuador HT/FT (6/4) – 37/1
Best of luck – and enjoy Ascot today! Our Tips from James White are up on site!