The big game in the World Cup today is the first one, England versus Panama, and a chance to collect more cash after Eden Hazard’s double yesterday (World Cup: Hazard warning…).
Harry Kane’s late winner against Tunisia means England enter this game with three points on the board and a confident mood in the camp.
Panama didn’t offer much in their first game against Belgium, and we expect England to collect three points relatively easily.
One of the things we noticed in England’s first game was how often big defender Harry McGuire got his head first to set pieces. We’re confident this will continue, and take the 10/1 on offer that he scores anytime.
There was some controversy earlier in the week about the press revealing England’s team. Putting that aside, it appears Marcus Rashford will start this game. He will be keen to impress, and is never short of confidence in terms of shooting. Paddy Power offers a boosted 5/1 that he has at least 3 shots on target. We’ll try this.
The other two games today offer less interest.
We don’t think Poland, and their leading goal scorer Robert Lewandowski, can be as bad as they looked in defeat to Senegal in their first match. We take him to net against Colombia.
The second match of the day sees the meeting of the two sides who won their opening games in Group H – Japan versus Senegal. Given they both already have three points, we think a draw will suit both sides, and will double this with a Lewandowski goal.
England/Panama: McGuire to score anytime at 10/1, 1 pt, widely available and Rashford to have 3 shots on target at 5/1, 1 pt, Paddy Power
Poland/Colombia: Lewandowski to score anytime and Japan/Senegal to draw as a double at approximately 6/1, 1 pt, Paddy Power
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