Matchday six of the FIFA World Cup brings three more games, with Group H finally getting underway and hosts Russia looking to continue their good start to the tournament as they take on Egypt. Check out a brief preview on each game below, along with a couple of recommended bets for each match.
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Colombia v Japan (1:00pm Tuesday)
Colombia come into the tournament with less expectation after a difficult qualifying section, but a repeat of the run back in 2014 looks possible with a decent group draw. The South Americans come into the game unbeaten in four, including an excellent win over France in that time.
Japan continue their superb run of consecutively reaching the finals, with a six successive qualification, but once again they look destined to struggle in a tough group. After a run of five matches without a win, they picked up a 4-2 victory over Paraguay in their last warm-up game to give a much needed boost in confidence.
The sides met in the last tournament with Colombia winning 4-1 in that meeting. Although it would be a surprise to expect a similar outcome, Colombia should pick up the victory, especially with the Asian side unable to keep a clean sheet in the last seven games.
Colombia To Win And Both To Score 7/2
James Rodriguez Anytime Scorer @15/8
Poland v Senegal (4:00pm Tuesday)
In Moscow, Poland take on Senegal who are appearing in their second tournament, with an intriguing game expected.
Poland come into the game off the back of three games unbeaten and enjoyed a 4-0 win over Lithuania in their final game as Robert Lewandowski hit a brace.
Senegal had a fortunate final qualifying group, with The Lions of Teranga finishing five points clear, even though they had to replay a match after a referee was found guilty of match fixing. Friendly games have not been so eventful, with a win, loss and three draws in five games played in the build up to the finals.
The sides have never met previously and Poland will go in as favourites, but it’s unlikely to be to be a straightforward victory for the Poles and a draw would not be a massive surprise. However with Lewandowski upfront a Polish win looks the way to go.
Poland To Win @13/10
Lewandowski To Score First @14/5
Russia v Egypt (7:00pm)
Russia take on Egypt in St.Petersburg, with the hosts buoyant after dispatching Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the tournament opener, while Egypt will have Mo Salah back in the side after missing the 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
Russia’s win was not unexpected but the nature of the victory was more than fans could have wished for after a poor run of results. The Saudi’s were very poor considering their recent performances, but some well taken Russian goals made light work of the Asian side.
Egypt were unlucky to succumb to a late Uruguay defeat in a well contested game. Egypt harried the Uruguayans well and rode their luck at times, with the South Americans struggling to find the breakthrough. Egypt could have scored on several occasions and missed the experience of Salah, who probably would have found the back of the net.
Russia certainly won’t have it as easy as they did against Saudi Arabia and with Salah back in the Egyptian first eleven, the African side will fancy their chances of picking up a result. After the euphoria of the victory, this is likely to be a reality checker, with the draw a distinct possibility.
Draw Result @21/10
Mo Salah Anytime Scorer @8/5
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