WORLD CUP: It’s the second set of quarter-finals on Saturday: we preview SWEDEN v ENGLAND and RUSSIA v CROATIA with recommended BETDAQ bets.


3pm The moment that all England fans waited for finally came in the Last 16 when they won a penalty shootout! This team seems to have a lot more backbone than previous teams; however they will need it against this tough Swedish team. Colombia were very poor for a huge amount of the game against England; yet apart from the penalty England didn’t create too many chances and with Sweden very solid at the back – this won’t be easy for England!

England are odds on favourites, with the match odds at the time of writing currently trading; Sweden 5.0, England 1.96 and the draw is 3.35. Despite all the hype around England at the moment, they have only managed to beat Panama and Tunisia – they were a little unlucky against Colombia, however they look under priced here at 1.96. Sweden managed to stop Italy from scoring twice in their Playoff to get here, nearly managed to draw with Germany and stopped Mexico and Switzerland from scoring in their last two games. They are very impressive at the back and England shouldn’t be odds on based on what we saw from the chances they created against Colombia. At the prices, we simply have to lay England.

Lay England at 1.96.

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7pm The host nation will be delighted to reach the Quarter Finals! They’ve worked incredibly hard in their games thus far at the World Cup – as we have seen in the stats on ground covered and distance ran etc etc. It’s tough for teams to deal with that and it will be very interesting to see how Croatia’s excellent midfield copes with Russia’s hustling. Croatia needed a penalty shootout too to get here when only drawing with Denmark however they did go into that game with an impressive three wins from three games.

The match odds at the time of writing currently trade; Russia 4.1, Croatia 2.28 and the draw is 3.1. You have to feel that Croatia look too short at 2.28 in what should be a very close game. There’s no doubt that they have plenty of attacking talent and that their midfield is their strong point – however you have to expect Russia to crowd the midfield area and consistently break up the play. Their work rate has been second to none thus far in the World Cup and we expect them to cause Croatia a lot of problems here. We expect a close game and from a value point of view, we’re happy to lay Croatia at the odds.

Lay Croatia at 2.28.

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