world cup

The first weekend of the 2018 World Cup sees four of the first five favourites strut their stuff for the first time, and we’ve tips for France vs Australia, Argentina vs Iceland, Germany vs Mexico, and Brazil vs Switzerland.

France vs Australia (Saturday 11.00, BBC)

I’m really looking forward to watching France in this year’s World Cup, as they’re one of the most attack-minded teams in the competition. They also look to have a great opportunity to flaunt their attacking options against an Australian side who is also happier going forward than trying to bore teams to death. It will be a major disappointment if France don’t win but, rather than take long odds-on about a French victory, I’d much sooner take odds against about there being more than 3.5 goals. If you fancy being braver, you can have double-figure odds about there being more than 5.5 goals, which there was the last time these two teams met.
More than 3.5 goals @ 3.05 Unibet (BET HERE)

Argentina vs Iceland (Saturday 14.00, ITV)

At the draw for the World Cup Finals Groups, Iceland were introduced as the country with the smallest population that remained in the competition. However, that didn’t stop them embarrassing England at Euro 2016. They then put in a spirited performance against France in the quarter-finals but still came out on the wrong end of a 5-2 score-line. Iceland are likely to play the same way again though and, with their last five games, averaging over four goals a game, there could be plenty of goals. Argentina are more than capable of exploiting any space that Iceland’s attacking forays leave open, and their last four games have averaged nearly five goals a game. Therefore, I’m going to risk more than 4.5 goals in the hope this is a goal-fest.
More than 4.5 goals @ 7.50 Unibet (BET HERE)

Germany vs Mexico (Sunday 16.00, ITV)

These two sides have met twice in the Confederations Cup in the last three years and both games have been highly entertaining matches that produced six goals in 2015 and five goals in 2017. Admittedly, neither team have been at their best in recent friendlies but Germany, in particular, has rested key players. I expect both teams to come out guns blazing to try and make a wining start and it could again be worth going high in the goals markets.
More than 3.5 goals @ 2.95 Unibet (BET HERE)

Brazil vs Switzerland (Sunday 19.00, BBC)

Brazil have never usually been bothered about the opposition scoring, as it’s always been their ethos to try and simply score more. However, after their 7-1 defeat by Germany four years ago, that ethos has changed. Brazil still have players that are capable of providing some South American magic, but this is now a Brazilian team that prides itself on keeping the opposition at bay. If you don’t believe me, just look at their last five results which show that Austria, Russia, Croatia, England, and Germany all failed to breach the Brazilian defence. At past World Cups, this may well have ended up 3-1 or even 4-2 to Brazil, but the shrewd bet could well be Brazil to win to nil.
Brazil to win to nil @ 2.15 Royal Panda (BET HERE)