Well yesterday was fun. You had Serbia absolutely Serbia Costa Rica to death (with Kolarov’s free kick just the cherry on top), Mexico taking Germany to school (and Ochoa standing on his head), and Brazil got held to a draw by the Swiss. So, what’s next? Let’s get to the action.
*All odds thanks to oddsshark*
Sweden (-0.5) vs. South Korea (+0.5)
Sweden Win: -101
South Korea Win: +270
Not a lot to say about this game. It shouldn’t be too high scoring and at the end of the day, usually the best player comes through and makes the difference. And I *think* that player is Emil Forsberg. Sweden wins 1-0.
Belgium (-2) vs. Panama (+2)
Belgium Win: -556
Panama Win: +1400
Belgium is by far the better team in this game, but unfortunately for them, that has been a recipe for a disaster so far in this World Cup. Brazil, Argentina, and Germany have all dropped points on Match Day 1. Will the recipe change with Belgium? I don’t think so, if only because Panama has only 1 win in their last 7 and is the only team to qualify with a negative goal differential. I’m not as high on this Belgium team as most, which probably means they’ll win it all. Give me Hazard and Lukaku on the scoresheet for the Belgians. Belgium wins 2-0.
England (-1.5) vs. Tunisia (+1.5)
England Win: -256
Tunisia Win: +850
Another game with a huge gulf in talent, but again, this has been a wacky and wild World Cup thus far. England has all the stars, and they’ll be looking to build up a solid goal differential in order to help them win the group. I think the Brits will line up with Jordan Henderson in midfield to try and provide a more attacking set up, and Raheem Sterling gets on the scoresheet to shut up his critics back home. England wins 3-1.