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The 2018 World Cup is over: France are top of the world.

It’s done and dusted again for the next four years. We can put away the flags, and spend our time worrying about other things, but we cherish our memories of a brilliant World Cup. It is the tournament where VAR came of age, to show the world of football that it could play an important role in the future of the game. We had plenty of goals, many form penalties, aided by the VAR referees, and a staggering amount of shocks.

The holders, and pre-tournament joint favourites, Germany could not get out of the group stages, Spain lost to hosts Russia in the round of the last 16, the same stage that Argentina and Portugal faltered, and Brazil was knocked out in the quarter finals by Belgium. Not a single African nation made it to the knockout stages, Croatia made it to the final, and England performed much better than expected with a place in the semi-finals.

France played a surprise team in the shape of Croatia in the final. A nation of only 4 million people playing a new and youthful France, who seemed to have laboured a bit throughout the tournament, hardly ever hitting the heights they seemed capable of.

In the end though quality prevailed, and despite a brave display by Croatia, the French prevailed 4-2, watched by Vladimir Putin and French president Emanuel Macron.

The first ever own goal in World Cup final history by Croatia opened up the scoring, only for the Croats to equalise through a Perisic goal in the 28 th minute. Not much later, a rather dodgy VAR decision gave France a penalty. How on earth Argentinean referee Hernandez Pitana judged that Perisic could somehow have pulled his arm, which was in a natural position, away from the ball, is anyone’s guess. It was an almost laughable decision, save that Croatia had to pay the price after Griezman calmly slotted home.

Half time came at 2-1, but both teams were up to the fight. Croatia had to come forward, creating the opportunities for France to counter, which they did with devastating consequences in the 59 th minute. Griezman found Pogba at the edge of the area. His first shot was blocked by Croatia’s defence, only for it to fall back kindly to him to curl it into the net.

Six minutes later a devastating run from French youngster Kylian Mbappe, led to a chance he completely created, and finished off, by himself, making him the second youngest player ever to have scored in a World Cup final after Pele.

A ridiculous error by Hugo Loris in the 69 th minute, when he somehow tried to outplay Mandzukic with a pathetic flick in his own penalty area allowed the Croatian striker to redeem for his unfortunate own goal. Despite some pressure for a period to try to get another goal, the French held on quite easily to take the final 4-2.

Belgium and England played out the match that nobody wants to play for the 3 rd and 4 th place. Gareth Southgate gave some of the squad players some time on the pitch, as he can start looking forward to the next challenges. Belgium seemed to take it a bit more seriously perhaps, aided by the early 4th minute goal scored by Meunier after a Chadli assist. There were chances on both sides, but in the end, Hazard added a second in the 82nd minute, and with it Belgium took third place.

England however will see this as a stepping stone to more in the future. Perhaps in months and years to come they will reflect on the ‘easiest’ possible way to the final, when all the biggest rivals (Germany, Spain and Brazil) were absent. But England should allow to dream on and develop this young team into something even stronger.

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It is coming home, isn’t it?

England at the World Cup 2018

The first semi-final between France and Belgium was a quality affair. An uncharacteristically defensively set up French team could not be broken down by the Belgians who were attacking feverously to no avail. A well taken free kick resulted in an angled header that seemed to glance of Fellaini’s head into the goal behind Courtois. Even Paul Pogba was on duty defending, something he is not that well known for in the Premier League. Mourinho will have taken note for sure.

Now on to the big one. England take on Croatia in their semi-final tonight in Moscow. They seemed to be relaxed in the run up to this match as they fooled around with a rubber chicken on the pitch rather than a football. Perhaps this is Gareth Southgate’s way to take their mind off penalties?

There is big belief in the England camp and reaching the final has made a lot of England fans reach for their piggy banks to fly to Moscow and try their luck at finding a ticket for this match. Many of them are already thinking ahead and will stay for the final as well.

England are expected to start with the same team that beat Sweden in the quarters. It is now looking like a well-oiled machine, and they have the faith of Gareth Southgate. There has been some criticism that perhaps Raheem Sterling should be replaced, as he has not been able to find the net, but he is a very useful foil for defenders, opening up spaces for other players to score. The ANY OTHER player market to be top goalscorer is ‘second favourite at 20/1,

Harry Kane will be looking to add to his tally, not just to make sure that England advance to the final, but also to cement his position as the tournament’s top goal scorer, although that position is almost assured unless a French (or dare we say it, Croatian) player gets scoring bucket loads.

Croatia have played well in the group stages, but in the knockout stages they struggled against both Denmark and Russia, needing to win on penalties both times. No team has ever won three penalty shootouts at a World Cup. A good omen?

England are the favourites at 13/10, but they will face a defensive Croatia, who will be hard to break down , and will rely on the speed and guile of Modric in the counter attack. That is what England have to watch out for.

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Tuesday 10th July

Belgium at the World Cup 2018

We’re at the semi-final stage in the Russia 2018 World Cup: Belgium against France.

Today is the first of the World Cup semi-finals between arch rivals, and neighbouring countries, Belgium and France. It’s entitled the beer vs wine match by one of the French papers: the country of the strong beer versus the country of the fine wines. Which drink is going to prevail?

Both teams are well backed in the betting so far, and the market is certainly saying that this match could go either way, with France at 31/20 and Belgium at 21/10 on Bet2Go at the time of writing. The best odds on the correct score markets are also almost identical between the teams.

Neither team have faced any issues in the run up to this match. Many pundits would argue that France haven’t quite shown everything they are capable of over a whole match. Perhaps they have been holding back and can turn it on, or perhaps they are just not able to produce the goods.

Belgium have been relatively stable so far, scoring plenty of times, and only having difficult time when they were 2-1 behind to Japan in the round of 16. Roberto Martinez has managed to make a team from the parts here, so we are in for a massive match.

It may be just the brilliance of Romelo Lukaku, Kevin de Bruyne, or Eden Hazard against Antoine Griezman, Paul Pogba or Kylian Mbappé that will make the difference. Who will be the hero tonight?

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World Cup 2018 Quarter Final Day 1 preview

We have now arrived at the business end of this World Cup, and today the first two quarter final matches will be played in Russia.

It starts this afternoon with the match between France and Uruguay. The French team have not shown everything they are capable of at this tournament yet, except in phases of matches. That happened for example in their round against Argentina when they seemed to be coasting after going 1-0 up in the first half, only to fall behind 1-2 after some inattentive defending.

However, start player Antoine Griezmann has underwhelmed so far at this World Cup with his two goals coming from the penalty spot. The way they recovered from that to win 4-2 showed that they have the resilience and the power to go far.

Uruguay have also played very well so far, but they tend to rely on a strong defence, and the class of a few outstanding attackers such as Suarez and Cavani. Their expected style of play will be to defend, to force errors and to rely on the brilliance of their attack to sneak a goal or two. They will be particularly keen on getting some free kicks near the penalty area to force a goal.

The betting suggests a relatively stress free afternoon for the French, who are at 21/20 for the win. Uruguay can be found at best odds of 18/5 on Bet2Go. Perhaps the correct score of a France 2-1 win at 10/1 offers an appealing choice

Tonight’s match promises to be the best one in the these quarter finals. The favourites Brazil meet the highest scoring team in the competition, Belgium. Roberto Martinez’ side have scored 3 goals or more in each of the 3 matches he played his strongest team, the exception being the match against England.

The Belgian team had a huge scare in their round of 16 match, when they were trailing Japan by 2-0 before coming away 3-2 winners with a goal deep into stoppage time. Compared to that Brazil had a relatively uneventful round, beating Mexico 2-0.

Brazil do have a strong defence, and star players in Coutinho, Fred and Neymar to name but a few, but they do tend to rely much on Neymar at times to create the opportunities. The Belgian team consists of very strong individuals but Martinez still struggles to create the right formation with his starts.

Nevertheless we expect there to be goals. Brazil are the obvious favourites in the betting at 23/20, with Belgium at 11/4. The Over 3.5 goals market is at 27/10 and our bet will be for Belgium to spring a surprise and win 2-1, priced at 12/1 on Bet2Go.

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Wednesday 4th July

England break the curse and can start dreaming

The round of 16 matches are now all done, and the quarter finalists are known. There were a few massive surprises along the way with both Argentina and Spain knocked out. And to top it all off, England have won a penalty shootout at a World Cup for the very first time. How good does that feel? Just look at the happiness and relief on the faces of the players after the last penalty went it.

The quarter final phase of the tournament has a rather unbalanced view, with the top 3 favourites (Brazil, Belgium and France) before the knockout phase on the same side of the draw. England in contrast have the perceived ‘easier’ side, and they have now moved up to second favourite after Brazil at 4/1. They started the tournament at 16/1 so they certainly have strengthened as it progressed. Now that they have shown they can handle the pressure of a penalty shootout, they must be considered serious contenders.

The next round is played this Friday and Saturday, with matches played at 15:00 and 19:00 UK time. The standout matches are France versus Uruguay (Friday at 15:00) and Brazil playing Belgium (Friday at 19:00).

England’s match is Saturday afternoon. They will have to break another taboo: they have never beaten Sweden at a World Cup. This could be the tournament that changes all.

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Wednesday 27th June

Argentina's Messi celebrates - World Cup 2018

Four more teams are now confirmed for the knockout stages of the competition.

Croatia have been one classy side so far in this competition and they have become many people’s dark horses. They play together well and with the class of Luca Modric as their outstanding player, they are going to be a difficult team to beat for anyone.

Argentina scraped through against Nigera with a late Rojo goal, meaning that Iceland and Nigeria go home now. The Vikings could not reproduce the surprise at Euro 2016, when they beat England on their way to reaching the quarter finals. Nigeria showed some flashes of brilliance, but also some dreadful gamesmanship at times, the sum total of which was not enough to get through. It looked like they were going to qualify at one point, when the score was 1-1 in both matches, but to no avail.

Argentina’s biggest fan, he is at least a bit bigger than in his playing days, Diego Maradona had to have some attention from paramedics in the stadium as he became unwell in all the excitement of the late goal. High blood pressure was given as the cause.

Ten teams have qualified so far, and it is shaping off to be an interesting playoff phase, with some surprises no doubt.

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Tuesday 26th June

We are now well into the world Cup and in the last group matches stage. This is always a tricky one if you are an established team and need a win against a tricky opponent. Sometimes the nerves get in the way. No such worries for England though this time as they have qualified already without dropping a single point.

The final group match against Belgium is surely going to be a massive game for both, despite the fact that both managers seem to want to let us believe they don’t care about it that much, and that they may rotate the squad a little bit, resting key players. We tend not to believe that sort of stuff as they will want to beat their opponents badly as soon as they are on the pitch.

There is talk about being second in the group is potentially going to produce a better route to the final, but that is so unsure at this point, and it has been a tournament where some of the established teams like Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina to look wobbly at times, or in the case of Argentina all the time. It is possible however that Gareth Southgate will rest some players, or those perhaps on a yellow card.

The situation for England is that a draw is enough, as long as they don’t get more bookings in the match than Belgium. If they draw and incur one more yellow than the Belgians it would be literally a draw of lots to see who comes first. If they have two cards or more, the Belgians will be top.

Elsewhere so far Uruguay beat Russia decisively to claim top spot in the group and Spain and Portugal did in the end make it through, despite both drawing their final group matches.

Argentina face a big test today and need a win against Nigeria, and hope other results go their way in Group D. They must hope that Croatia, who are already qualified, will put their best effort in against Iceland. Australia also still have a chance in Group C if they beat Peru , and France beat Denmark, depending on goal difference and goals scored.

Finally one more thing about penalties. It is already the World Cup with the most penalties awarded, ever. It is not hard to see that this is due to the video refereeing, but the debate about the use of it has overall been positive in the main. The penalty awarded for the rugby tackling on Harry Kane has been welcomed. We believe VAR is here to stay, although it may need some tweaking to make it even better.

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Thursday 21st June

News from the England camp: first big injury in the England team

Just as well it is manager Gareth Southgate who is seriously injured, not any of the players. The manager slipped when he was out on a run during a rest day, and dislocated his shoulder. It shouldn’t stop him managing the team, but it may curtail his goal celebrations a bit.

There has also been confirmation that Dele Alli has sustained a thigh strain in the match against Tunisia on Monday. An X-ray revealed the injury, which although not serious, will probably prevent him from playing in the Panama game on Sunday.

This will probably provide an opportunity for Ruben Loftus-Cheek to come into the side. He impressed with his penetrating runs when he came on as a substitute on Monday and the manager may give him a chance now.

Another player who may be given a chance from the start is Marcus Rashford. He also made an impact when he came on for Raheem Sterling and the Manchester City player must be worried he will now lose his place in the starting lineup. However, if Rashford has a good game, the manager may just stick with him instead.

Elsewhere in the tournament we have two teams in Group A who have already qualified: home nation Russia and Uruguay. All that is to be decided in group A is who will be top. The two teams play each other, and a draw is enough for Russia to do that, whilst Uruguay need the win. Whatever happens they will face a tough opponent in the next round anyway, as the choice will probably be either Spain or Portugal, and they won’t know which one it will be when they play.

In Group B Ronaldo (he seems to play for the whole Portugal team) scored against Morocco to book their first win of the tournament. Morocco created plenty of chances, but the players could not provide the finishing touch.

Iran played a decent game against Spain, who as usual dominated the possession. A single goal, a lucky ricochet off Diego Costa, decided this match. For all of their running and effort, Iran didn’t create any clear cut chances, leaving Group B delicately poised for the final matches next week. Spain and Portugal are on 4 points, and Iran is on 3. Portugal play Iran, and Spain play Morocco, who are already out of the tournament, but who may try to leave with their heads held high.

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Monday 18th June

The first weekend of the World Cup has thrown up some great matches (a 6 goal thriller of Portugal against Spain, ending in 3-3), a real and genuine shock (Germany losing 1-0 to Mexico) and some surprisingly flat play by Argentina (1-1 draw with the Vikings from Iceland), and a poor performance by Brazil in their 1-1 draw against Switzerland.

This has upset the tournament favourite odds a bit, with Spain rising, and Argentina and Germany falling in the favourite order.

Today it is time for a young England team to step up to the mark, and perhaps fill the vacuum that is created by the poor start to the tournament of some of the favourites. The odds of England winning the tournament have strengthened a bit from 16/1 to 14/1 so perhaps some momentum is building.

So what about tonight’s match? On paper this should be an easy one for the English lions. Tunisia are ranked 31 st in the FIFA world rankings, and they are missing their best 2 players through injury. England on the other hand have a young team that seems to gel well, and that is willing to put it all on the line. Perhaps the expectations in the country are a bit lower as well, which may help them progress.

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And we’re off!

Action has got finally underway yesterday in the football World Cup in Russia. The Luzhniki Stadium was full to the brim, and the fans were treated to a riot of colour and activity in a dazzling, no money spared, display. A red suited Robbie Williams joined in the spirit of things, although maybe he got carried away a bit too much in the spectacle when he treated millions of TV viewers around the world to a middle finger when he felt the camera was a bit too close. No matter however, and it all ended well.

Then came the football, and for once an opening match that, although perhaps not of the highest standard, had many goals. Russia treated the home fans to a great 5-0 start to the tournament. A hapless Saudi Arabia almost seemed to not care, or maybe they were just lacking in skill. Their team consists largely of players in the home league, and some of that showed, even against a team like Russia.

Some dodgy goalkeeping by the Saudi Arabian stopper did make things a bit easier for the home team, but they did score some fine goals, in particular the 3-0 by Cheryshev. The rest of the match was played mostly at a very low tempo however, and the footballing quality on display was often poor.

After the first half ended we placed a cheeky bet using Bet2Go, on the match finishing 4-0 at 5/1 on Coral, but we were denied our £60 winnings by a free kick deep into stoppage time. Typically this was the result of poor goalkeeping, and poor positioning of the wall for a free kick.

Onwards now to Uruguay versus Egypt for the other Group A match. It has been confirmed now that Mo Salah will start on the bench. All the omens point to a Uruguayan win. The South Americans come into this fixture on a run of three consecutive victories, while Egypt are without a win in 2018 and are yet to taste victory at a World Cup.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 preview

It’s all kicking off in Russia on June 14. We are talking about the football of course, and not the alleged hooliganism that many predict as a danger.

In the first match tournament host Russia will take on Saudi Arabia in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The match will kick off at 4PM UK time. Russia will be hoping for a good start to their first game, in Group A, against a team who may not be expected to do much, but who have shocked a few teams in the past. Remember the match against Belgium at the 1994 World Cup?

Despite being the hosts, Russia are not amongst the favourites to lift the trophy. As usual, the predictable teams are at the top of the betting order with Brazil and Germany joint favourites, followed at some distance by Spain (6/1) and France (13/2). England are not expected to do so well apparently, placing 7th favourite at 16/1, just above Portugal.

Much will depend on how Gareth Southgate’s young team adapts to the situation, and whether they can grow into the tournament as a team. Group G also contains Belgium, who rank just above England as favourites, and two teams everybody expects to be the bottom 2 in the group, Panama and Tunisia. Those two teams are likely to play a very defensive game, relying on counters, so it depends on how good England and Belgium are in breaking them down.

The battle for top goal scorer looks a bit tighter, with Messi (10/1), Griezmann and Neymar (both 12/1) topping the table. Harry kane is 6th favourite with odds of 16/1.

We will be following the action, showing the World Cup Results and World Cup Group tables, The World Cup Knockout stages and of course the Final! We will also be bringing you Video Clips of all the Goals and more.

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