World Cup Betting Tips: Predictions & Best Odds For Tuesday’s Games

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World Cup Betting Tips: Predictions & Best Odds For Tuesday’s Games
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We’ve already reached the last round of group games at this fast-paced World Cup but TV viewers will now have to content with matches kicking off simultaneously with much at stake. 

UK bookmakers still make Brazil the 9/4 favourites to win the tournament, but Netherlands and England will be keen to remind the world that they are contenders after playing out underwhelming draws last time out. 

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They’re both expected to win their respective groups but with short odds for Netherlands and England victories, we’ve delved deeper into the odds to pick out the best value in Tuesday’s fixtures.

Netherlands vs Qatar, Tuesday, 3pm

Although the Netherlands only need a point against the already eliminated World Cup hosts Qatar to progress from the group stage, boss Louis van Gaal said that his side must “improve a lot” after their poor showing in the 1-1 draw with Ecuador last time out.

Just one point shouldn’t be too much to ask for a Dutch side that has lost just one of their last 25 internationals (W18, D6). The Oranje also have a fine World Cup pedigree having finished second and third in their last two tournament appearances.

They’ll harbour hopes of ending their World Cup hoodoo, but first they’ll go looking for a victory which could see them seal top spot and secure a last 16 clash against the runners-up of Group B.

Tip: Back the Netherlands to win to nil - 10/11 with Bet UK

Ecuador vs Senegal, Tuesday, 3pm

Ecuador have proven themselves as a very capable side after taking four points from the opening two games. They strolled to victory over Qatar in the tournament opening before holding the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw second time out. 

Senegal, meanwhile, have three points on the board having also defeated the hosts, although they laboured to the win in unconvincing fashion. With the Dutch expected to collect three points against Qatar, this fixture looks set to decide who will join the Netherlands in the last 16.

Based on their respective performances so far, you’d have to say Ecuador are a better team. Senegal have badly missed the injured Sadio Mane and may struggle to break down their South American opponents, who in Enner Valencia boast a player with one of the best minutes per goal ratios in World Cup history

Valencia is 11/4 to score anytime on betting apps, which would take his tally to seven World Cup goals in just six games, but for the same price there is probably more reason to back Ecuador to win to nil, given Senegal’s lack of spark in front of goal. 

Tip: Ecuador to win to nil – 11/4 with Betfair

Iran vs USA, Tuesday, 7pm

Despite a much-publicised falling out between Carlos Queiroz and Jurgen Klinsmann, Iran are in a good place heading into their final World Cup Group B.

After an embarrassing 6-2 defeat to England in their opening contest, the Iranians recovered to stun Wales 2-0 in an utterly deserved victory at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

In a full-blooded affair, Iran battered the Welsh goal and finally got Rob Page’s side to buckle after Wayne Hennessey was sent off in the 86th minute.

In contrast, their opponents on Tuesday have proved to be a very tough nut to crack for both British sides.

Wales needed a late Gareth Bale penalty against the USA to salvage a draw, while you could absolutely make the argument that Gregg Berhalter’s men had the better of things in their 0-0 draw with England last Friday.

The United States thoroughly bossed things in midfield, as Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie forced Gareth Southgate into bringing on Jordan Henderson in an attempt to gain some foothold in the middle of the park.

While USA need a victory to be assured of progression in the competition, they are more than capable of achieving it with a squad littered with talent from Europe’s top leagues.

They are also much better served in defence and midfield than Wales were facing up to the challenge of Iran, and we fancy them to justify their odds on football betting sites.

Tip: USA To Win – 11/10 With Bet UK

England vs Wales, Tuesday, 7pm

If this Battle of Britain was to be decided on the level of criticism each manger had received in the build-up of the game, it would end up being a high scoring draw.

Rob Page has been justifiably called out for his side’s massive collapse at the hands of Iran last time out, while Gareth Southgate has had to deal with the disapproval of the English media all weekend for his in-game management in the USA match.

As mentioned above, England’s midfield partnership of Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham toiled for long periods of the game, while his decision not to bring on Manchester City attacker Phil Foden drew particular ire from fans and pundits alike.

However, while you’d expect the Welsh to throw everything at England in this contest, they simply don’t pack the punch that they used to anymore.

Star operators like Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen appear to be very much in the autumn of their careers, and Wales have found it impossible to bring through players of similar quality to compliment or even replace them.

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They also seem to have a fear of taking on their neighbours lately, as England have won the last six meetings of the teams (outscoring Wales 11 goals to one) and that’s why you’ll find odds of 4/9 on World Cup betting sites for Southgate’s charges to claim the three points on Tuesday.

When you add in that Wales are generally forced to lean on their aging stars when they need to chase a game – while England can bring on a plethora or young, hungry players in the closing stages – you can only see another English victory coming here.

The quality gap between the nations is vast and you can certainly expect Southgate not to repeat his Foden error in this encounter, so it might just be the Man City man who puts the final nail into the Welsh coffin at this World Cup.

Tip: Phil Foden To Score Anytime – 27/10 With William Hill

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