Tenner On: Our writers' best bets for the third round of matches
Armed with nothing but a £10 stake and their own judgement, the Insider editorial team fight to be crowned the World Cup's top tipster.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa to score anytime – £10 at 12/5*
After Portugal eliminated Morocco on Wednesday, I fully expect Ronaldo and Costa to lead their respective sides to the last 16 at the expense of Iran.
The pair have scored a combined total of seven goals between them so far in the World Cup, and should both add to that against inferior opposition on the final matchday in Group B.
France not to lose and Croatia to win: £10 at 13/8*
This is defensive, even for me.
France should beat Denmark, but the fact that a draw would be ideal for both sides makes me too scare to back that.
Croatia don’t need to beat Iceland, either, but they have been one of the most impressive sides in the competition so far and I expect them to ease to another three points.
France and Croatia both to win and under 3.5 goals: £10 at 6/1*
My list of sob stories now reads one Lionel Messi missed penalty and one Rui Patricio wonder save – plus a load more missed Moroccan chances – but, nevertheless, we go again.
France have been far from convincing so far, but can always be relied upon for a goal or two.
They’ve not failed to score in any of their last 11 matches and, against a Denmark team so reliant on Christian Eriksen for their creativity, that ought to be enough for another narrow win.
Iceland are also not a team that are set up to chase a result, as evidenced by their second-half display against Nigeria, and are likely to be picked off by Croatia even if the group leaders do choose to rest players.
Colombia to win, BTTS in England v Belgium, under 2.5 goals in Panama v Tunisia: £10 at 11/2*
Colombia produced one of the performances of the tournament to beat Poland 3-0 and I think they’ll see off Senegal, who were outplayed in the second half of their 2-2 draw with Japan.
England and Belgium have each bagged eight goals in the tournament so far, and BTTS looks a certainty when they meet in their Group G decider.
I’m not expecting many goals in the other game from that group, though. Dead rubbers like this tend to be snooze-fests, so under 2.5 is good value at evens.
Senegal v Colombia: BTTS, England to score over 1.5 goals v Belgium: £10 at 19/5*
Senegal and Colombia were both impressive in attack on Sunday.
Both teams have scored in three of the four Group H games, and that record should extend in what is sure to be a tense finale.
Roberto Martinez has made his intentions fairly clear about Thursday’s match with England: he’s not that bothered.
Belgium’s open approach would lend itself to the Three Lions’ counter-attacking style even if this game was played at full intensity, but England also appear to be the more motivated of the two to win Group G.
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