With the World Cup almost over, it’s been a wild ride so far! With plenty of upsets, early knockouts, and surprise finalists, there’s been a good deal action for punters around the world. As the games coming up on Saturday and Sunday, we’ve combed through some solid picks worth betting on. All of the bets are available on the Mr Green sportsbook as well. With the next two games right around the corner, let’s look at some betting value and solid bets to pick up on for the weekend!
England vs. Belgium: The Value Picks
England could have been a contender. While the cup is not coming home this year, Southgate’s squad is still not looking too shabby. Despite that, the only loss they picked up during the group stages was against their third place competitors: Belgium. The tough loss against tournament favorites France came as a slight shock for The Red Devils, as they hadn’t lost a competitive match in 25 games. England, on the other hand, had enjoyed a spiritual and physical renaissance. Unfortunately, they were not able to capitalize against Croatia to secure their place in the finals, a feat they’ve been chasing since 1966.
Belgium comes in as the favorite, with the money line currently standing at 2.20, with 1.62 on the outright to get the medal. Third place games are usually known for their high scoring finishes, but the O2.5 stands at a measly 1.62. I expect both teams to abandon their defensive approach and go out guns blazing. While there isn’t fantastic value to be found here, I’m going for an accumulator. BTTS & Belgium to win currently at 3.35. While England is undoubtedly showing their best squad in ages, this Belgium squad is too good. I imagine both teams will be hungry to score some goals to appease their fans. This should be an interesting one!
Croatia vs. France: The Big One
And now we head to the final not many of us were expecting. While France entered the tournament as one of the favorites to reach at least the semi-finals, Croatia has managed to shock us. With their defensive play and midfield capabilities, they’ve advanced into the final. France is no slouch when it comes to defense either, as Modric will have to match up against N’Golo Kante in the midfield. While both teams are capable of scoring, I think this one is going to be a battle of attrition.
France has a star-studded lineup & Croatia have had to take it to extra time for several games in a row. The tiredness might come into play here. I imagine France will lift the cup and it’s going to be a U2.5 game for a relatively safe bet at 2.12. If you’re feeling a bit cheekier, the odds are growing on Croatia to lift the cup at any point, currently standing at 3.00. I don’t see as much value in this game, but I imagine I’ll place a bit on the first pick.
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