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World Cup Day 8 Betting Preview

19/6/2014
Three matches take place today and with Spain, Australia and Cameroon departing the tournament in dramatic fashion yesterday, Uruguay and England will be eager to avoid the same fate as they face each other in a crunch clash in Sao Paolo. The loser will almost certainly be going home after the group stages after both sides suffered opening game defeats, although Roy Hodgson’s men can be heartened by the quality of their performance in spite of going down 2-1 to Italy on Saturday. A similar showing tonight should be sufficient to see off Uruguay, who were ponderous and ragged in their 3-1 humbling by Costa Rica at the weekend.

With captain Diego Lugano missing through injury and fellow defender Maxi Pereira suspended after his red card against the Costa Ricans, Uruguay’s already suspect back-line will be even further depleted. The quicksilver trio of Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge – off the mark for the tournament against the Italians – can flourish in such circumstances.

Question marks remain over the Three Lions’ defence but Gary Cahill handled Edison Cavani well in last season’s Champions League clashes between Chelsea and PSG and a repeat performance will go a long way to securing an England win. Key man Luis Suarez may well return to play some part in this game but if he is at 100% less than a month after undergoing keyhole knee surgery then he is truly a miraculous man. England won’t have a better chance to get their campaign off and running.

Tip: England to beat Uruguay @ 11/10 (Various)

The preceding game to tonight’s big clash will not be a preamble either, as two of the competition’s dark horses in Colombia and Ivory Coast meet in Brasilia in the early kick-off. Both sides will be in triumphant mood with three points on the board and entertaining fare is expected with excellent attacking talent present at either end of the pitch. While the Colombians coasted to a deserved 3-0 victory over Greece, the Ivorians had much more work to do in coming from behind to overcome Japan later that evening. Didier Drogba played a decisive role from the bench against the Samurai Army and he may well be an impact figure over the course of the tournament. Ivory Coast have scored in their last 24 matches and with James Rodriguez and Victor Ibarbo proving that Colombia can be a handful for any defence even in the absence of the injured Falcao, both nations can be confident of scoring.

Tip: Colombia vs Ivory Coast – Both teams to score @ 5/6 (Bet365)

Tonight will be wrapped up by Japan vs Greece and it’s hard to see anything other than Alberto Zaccheroni’s men nabbing what will be a crucial victory. Japan, similar to the Confederations Cup last year, showed excellent passages of play but a lack of cutting edge in defeat to Ivory Coast, but may find the Greek defence more accommodating. It’s hard to see where Greece’s goals will come from in this tournament and they run a serious risk of flying back to Athens without even a goal to their name.

Tip: Japan to beat Greece to nil @ 27/10 (BetVictor)

Emelie Okeke
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