2018 World Cup Betting Preview for Day 5
Tuesday at the FIFA World Cup, the teams in Group H will finally make their first appearance after a long wait. Soon after, things move back to Group A, as we begin the second round of games in the group stage. Let’s check out the three games on tap for Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup Betting action.
2018 World Cup Betting Preview for Day 5
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Colombia vs. Japan
The first game of Group H will involve Colombia taking on Japan. Colombia is listed as a half-goal favorite, with a win by Colombia getting -132 odds. A Japan win is listed at +473 and a draw set at +268. These two teams also met during the group stage at the 2014 World Cup, with the Colombians dominating in a 4-1 win.
Much like that game four years ago, the Japanese could have their hands full defensively. Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez is the reigning Golden Boot winner after finding the back of the net six times in five games during the 2014 tournament, including the fourth and final goal during the game against Japan. This time around, the Colombians may be even strong offensively with the presence of striker Radamel Falcao, who missed the World Cup four years ago because of injury.
Japan, meanwhile, is still trying to find its stride following a coaching change in April. However, in their last friendly before the World Cup, they beat Paraguay 4-2, so they should have confidence going against another South American foe. That game is a reminder of what the Japanese can do offensively, especially with the trio of Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa, and Shinji Okazaki, who have combined to score 116 international goals in their distinguished careers.
Poland vs. Senegal
The other Group H game will involve Senegal facing Poland. On paper, this game is as tight as they get. A Senegal win is listed at +235, a Poland win at +132, and a draw at +212. This game is essentially a PK between two teams that see themselves as a potential dark horse in this tournament.
Poland is led one of the best goal scorers in the world in Robert Lewandowski, who has scored 55 goals in 95 international appearances. However, Lewandowski has struggled to make much of an impact at the last two European Championships, so he’s yet to prove himself at a major international tournament. He’s now tasked with leading Poland into their first World Cup since 2006. His supporting cast is not to be overlooked, but Poland’s opener is all about trying to get Lewandowski on track.
Senegal, on the other hand, has a more balanced squad with talent all over. They boast strong and athletic midfielders that could help inhibit Poland’s ability to get the ball to Lewandowski. Senegal also features dynamic athletes like Sadio Mane who can be dangerous in the attacking third of the field. However, if Poland remains organized defensively, they may be able to limit the number of chances Senegal has to use their athleticism in the open field, much like Croatia did against Nigeria over the weekend.
Russia vs. Egypt
Tuesday ends back in Group A, as the hosts Russia take on Egypt. This is another tight matchup, with a Russia win set at +112, an Egypt win listed at +283, and a draw at +217. In part due to being at home, Russia can be considered a slight favorite in this game.
Of course, Egypt may be able to swing things in their favor with Mohamed Salah set to make his World Cup debut. Salah missed Egypt’s opener against Uruguay while recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final, but all indications are that he will play Tuesday. Egypt gave a solid performance in their opener. Unfortunately, they have nothing to show for it after giving up a late goal. With Salah on the bench, Egypt just didn’t have the quality in the final third to finish its scoring chances, a problem they hope the Liverpool star will solve.
Russia, meanwhile, couldn’t have started the tournament any better, routing Saudi Arabia 5-0 in their opener. Of course, many view Saudi Arabia as the worst team in the World Cup, so that game could have been an aberration. Egypt’s defense will be a lot more difficult to crack, especially with playmaker Alan Dzagoev unavailable after picking up an injury against Saudi Arabia. His absence and Salah’s return should make this a hotly contested game that could go either way.