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World Cup Preview – Sunday

ENGLAND vs PANAMA

Group G – 1pm BST – Novgorod

LAST TIME OUT

Tunisia 1-2 England – An impressive first half saw England create a hatful of chances before Tunisia fought back and made England worry for a while. A late Harry Kane winner gained all 3 points for England.

Belgium 3-0 Panama – Panama showed real fight keeping Belgium out for the whole of the first half. A Dries Mertens wonder strike and a Lukaku brace was enough in the end to see Panama off.

LIKELY LINE UPS

England – (5-3-2) Pickford; Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young; Henderson, Loftus Cheek, Lingard; Rashford, Kane

Panama – (4-1-4-1) Penedo; Murillo, Torres, Escobar, Davis; Gomez; Barcenas, Cooper, Godoy, Rodriguez; Perez

PREDICTIONS

England should be able to beat Panama and seal qualification to the next round. If they perform as they did against Tunisia, then this would have been a very impressive group stage for Southgate’s men considering a lot of top teams have struggled. England 3-0 Panama

TIPS

England 3-0 – 11/2

Harry Kane to score a brace – 7/2

Rashford to score first – 4/1

 

JAPAN vs SENEGAL

Group H – 4pm BST – Ekaterinburg

LAST TIME OUT

Colombia 1-2 Japan – Japan were hugely impressive against Colombia in a game they were not expected to win. They were helped by Colombia going down to 10 men very early on.

Poland 1-2 Senegal – Senegal also pulled off a slightly shocking win over Poland. A Cionek own goal and a Niang dink over the keeper was enough to seal a great win for Senegal.

LIKELY LINE UPS

Japan – (4-2-3-1) Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Hasebe; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako

Senegal – (4-4-2) N’Diaye; Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly; Sarr, Gueye, N’Diaye, Mane; Niang, Diouf

PREDICTIONS

Both sides impressed in their first games and this should be a very close game. I think Senegal have slightly more quality and I expect them to edge it by the odd goal. Japan 1-2 Senegal

TIPS

Senegal 2-1 – 10/1

Mane to score first – 13/2

Mane & Niang 2+ shots on target each – 14/1

 

POLAND vs COLOMBIA

Group H – 7pm BST – Kazan

LAST TIME OUT

Poland 1-2 Senegal – Bitterly disappointing defeat for Poland. A late Krychowiak goal was not enough to save them as they fell to a 2-1 loss to the African side.

Colombia 1-2 Japan – An early Japan penalty and sending off for Carlos Sanchez meant Colombia were always up against it. A clever Quintero free kick was not enough to stop Colombia falling to defeat.

LIKELY LINE UPS

Poland – (4-2-3-1) Szczesny; Piszczek, Cionek, Pazdan, Rybus; Krychowiak, Zielinski; Blaszczykowski, Milik, Grosicki; Lewandowski

Colombia – (4-2-3-1) Ospina; Arias, Sanchez, Murillo, Mojica; Lerma, Barrios; Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Quintero; Falcao

PREDICTIONS

A tough one to call. Both teams were disappointing and need a win here. The fact that both know a draw may not be good enough should lead to an exciting game, but I can’t split them. Poland 1-1 Colombia

TIPS

Draw 1-1 – 5/1

Lewandowski and Rodriguez to score – 11/2

Both teams to score – 4/5

– Robert Shiers

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