England (-1) –

The last time England played a team ranked outside the top 40 at a World Cup – the 2-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 – was also the last time they won a tournament match by more than one goal.

Considering Panama’s 3-0 defeat to Belgium was the fifth match in six in which they’ve failed to score, the Three Lions have every chance of recording their most convincing tournament victory for many years.

Gareth Southgate’s side have scored twice in all of their three matches since the end of the club season, and should really avoid their customary defensive wobble against a vastly inferior side.

Senegal to win or draw v Japan –

Senegal should win this match on the evidence of the opening Group H games, but it’s worth playing it safe with the double chance option.

Aliou Cisse’s side looked good against Poland, nullifying Robert Lewandowski at one end and effectively utilising their impressive array of forwards at the other, and have now lost just one of their last 11 games.

Determining the merit of Japan’s defeat of Colombia is difficult, considering they were playing against 10 men for 87 minutes.

Akira Nishino’s side were hardly in control despite their numerical advantage, though, and are still without a clean sheet in eight.

Colombia to beat Poland –

Despite being reduced to 10 men inside three minutes, Colombia caused Japan plenty of problems in their opener.

Juan Quintero’s free-kick proved the class that Jose Pekerman has at his disposal, with the potential return of James Rodriguez to his starting XI another boost.

Having played just one friendly in the build-up to Russia, it is possible that Los Cafeteros were a little undercooked, with their 3-2 win away to France in March a more reliable benchmark.

By contrast, Poland were unimpressive against Senegal. They’ve won two of their last 11 tournament matches in 90 minutes, while Robert Lewandowski has just three goals in his last eight competitive matches for club and country.


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