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World Cup Day 6 Betting Preview

17/6/2014
By the end of today's fixtures all 32 nations would have played at least one of their group games in this year's World Cup, and in Brazil's case matchday two arrives tonight as their oft-bogeyteam Mexico come to town aiming to spoil the carnival.

El Tri claimed a creditable victory over Cameroon in their first group game and were good value for their three points. Having opened their account, the Mexicans should go into their encounter with the tournament favourites in a relaxed state of mind, knowing that anything other than a defeat will almost see them through to the last 16, while retaining the cushion of a more favourable match against Croatia to come. Brazil will just be pleased to have come away from their opening day scare against Croatia with a maximum return after being the beneficiary of some iffy refereeing decisions against some very dogged opponents. Their performance should improve tonight but the scoreline may not, as the Selecao to my mind cannot be trusted yet to keep a clean sheet even against relatively average opposition such as Mexico.

Tip: Brazil to win 3-1 @ 12/1 (BetVictor)

The first game of the day sees the introduction of the nation this year synonymous with the phrase 'dark horses'. Belgium's star-studded squad is notoriously well-fancied to succeed in Brazil this summer, but they may find it tough going initially against an Algeria side that make up for in nous what they lack in quality. As England fans remember painfully from four years ago, the North Africans are well versed in frustrating superior opposition for long periods of time and it may well take Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and co a while to pick open the door past what will surely be a packed Algerian rearguard.

Tip: Half-time/Full-time - Draw/Belgium @ 10/3 (Winner)

The last two sides to kick-off their country's campaigns in the 2014 World Cup will be Russia and South Korea in tonight's late match. Fabio Capello is managing a nation foreign to his homeland for a second successive tournament and will hope for a much better experience than he had with England four years previous. He might just get it with the Russians, a totally home-based squad that the Italian has managed to carve in his own tough image. His side may not win friends in Brazil but they may just win games, heading to South America with an impressive record of just two defeats in twenty matches. South Korea are in no great shape on the other hand and a small talent vacuum may well be emerging in the absence of recently-retired legends Park Ji-Sung and Cha Du Ri. Goals may be at a premium for the Asian team, and Russia can benefit tonight.

Tip: Russia to keep a clean sheet @ 6/5 (Bet365)

Emelie Okeke
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