World Cup Betting Tips: Predictions & Best Odds For Sunday’s Games
Kevin De Bruyne, Luka Modrić, Gavi and Jamal Musiala are among the superstars that will showcase their talents in the World Cup on Sunday.
The action begins with Japan seeking to build on their smash-and-grab victory over Germany by beating Costa Rica - and betting sites make them the heavy favourites to do so.
Next up, Belgium will lock horns with Morocco, followed by a crucial clash between Croatia and Canada at the Khalifa International Stadium.
The organisers have saved the best until last, as Spain will lock horns with Germany in the late game, which promises to be a gripping encounter.
We have scoured all the best markets to find the most interesting angles and appealing odds on Sunday’s action.
Japan vs Costa Rica, Sunday, 10am
Japan produced a magnificent performance to secure a 2-1 victory over the mighty Germany in their opening World Cup match.
They were trailing 1-0 to a penalty from Ilkay Gündogan, but manager Hajime Moriyasu changed the course of the game with some inspired substitutions.
The Japanese were organised, diligent and incisive on the break, and they ended up clinching one of the greatest wins in their history.
If they manage to follow it up with another win against a pedestrian Costa Rica side, they will have one foot in the Round of 16.
They should be able to pull it off, based on the evidence of Costa Rica’s dismal 7-0 defeat at the hands of Spain earlier this week. That’s why football betting sites have them as big frontrunners to win this one.
Los Ticos had just 18% of the possession in that game, and they were chasing shadows for the majority of the contest.
The Spanish normally enjoy the lion’s share of possession in their matches, but they rarely find it so easy to cut through the opposing defence.
Costa Rica are simply playing for pride now, and they should keep things more respectable on Sunday, but this game is still Japan’s for the taking.
Tip: Japan To Win & Under 4.5 Goals – 7/10 with Coral
Belgium vs Morocco, Sunday, 1pm
Belgium looked very suspect at the back during their narrow 1-0 win against a vibrant Canadian team on Wednesday.
Canada missed a penalty and squandered several clear chances to open the scoring in the first 30 minutes of the match.
Thibaut Courtois deserves a great deal of credit for a commanding performance between the sticks, but veteran defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld looked off the pace.
More clinical forwards would have punished them, and Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri and Sofiane Boufal could have plenty of joy in this match.
At the other end of the pitch, De Bruyne remains a peerless creative talent, and he should create plenty of chances for Michy Batshuayi - or Romelu Lukaku if he is fit enough to return to the team.
As such, both teams to score looks appealing on betting apps in this game, despite the growing number of 0-0 draws we have seen at the World Cup so far.
Tip: Both Teams To Score - 10/11 with Bet365
Croatia vs Canada, Sunday, 4pm
Canada will bid to bounce back from that disappointing defeat to Belgium by beating Croatia, who finished runners-up at the last World Cup.
The Croats have regressed somewhat since then, with Mario Mandžukić and Ivan Raktić having retired from international football, but they still boast a world-class midfield.
Modrić is a magnificent talent, and Mateo Kovačić and Marcelo Brozović are also very comfortable on the ball.
They lacked cutting edge in their 0-0 draw with Morocco, but the likes of Ivan Perišić, Nikola Vlašić, Andrej Kramarić and Mislav Orsić are decent in front of goal.
Croatia often grow into international tournaments, and they look well-priced on World Cup betting sites to beat Canada in this game.
The Canadians were bright and energetic against Belgium, but their finishing was very slapdash and they also switched off at the back a couple of times.
Tip: Croatia To Win - 23/20 With Ladbrokes
Spain vs Germany, Sunday, 7pm
It is now very rare for Luis Enrique’s Spain side to have less than 67% of the possession in their matches.
They often pass sideways and backwards for long, mind-numbing periods, probing in vain for an opening, but they were a lot more incisive against an admittedly dismal Costa Rica team.
In that game, they set a new World Cup record by completing 1,043 passes, with Gavi, Pedri and Sergio Busquets controlling the game.
Germany are a very good team, with lots of excellent technicians, but it will be difficult for them to gain a foothold in this game, and they may decide to simply play on the counter-attack.
Spain have had more corners than their opponents in their last four matches, which is a reflection of their dominance of the ball, and the odds on them making it five-in-a-row look attractive with new betting sites on Sunday.
Tip: Spain To Have The Most Corners - 17/20 With Unibet
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