Sweden vs England – Preview, Betting Tips and Predictions

England registered a rare penalty shootout win over Colombia to book a last-eight meeting with Sweden at Samara Arena on Saturday. It was the only second shootout win for the Three Lions in eight attempts in major tournaments since 1990. England are infamous for their inefficiency in shootouts, and their fans would argue that the win over Colombia proves that the footballing gods are with them this time. Maybe, it’s coming home. The English are on the verge of reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990,…

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World Cup 2018 Group F – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

Current champions Germany find themselves in Group F at FIFA World Cup 2018. Die Mannschaft are joined by Mexico, South Korea and Sweden. The Germans have struggled in recent friendlies, but they are huge favourites to qualify from their group. Behind Germany, Mexico seem to be most likely to grab the second qualifying spot. A brief look at four nations and their hopes of qualifying for the next round: Germany Germany come into the World Cup on the back of a perfect qualifying campaign. They registered maximum points from their…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Belgium back on track

The manner in which Belgium began Euro 2016 in losing comfortably at the hands of Italy left them with a huge point to prove, and they responded ideally by breezing past the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. It now means that only a draw against Sweden will be enough to send them through to the knockout stages in second place. Coach Marc Wilmots had no option but to make changes to his starting line-up after that opening performance, bringing in the excellent Mousa Dembele in midfield and replacing square peg…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Belgium under scrutiny after opening loss

Given the expectation and anticipation surrounding Belgium coming into Euro 2016, their opening performance against Italy was a huge disappointment. It has led to many doubts over their credentials, so the onus will be on them to respond in positive style by defeating a Republic of Ireland side that will undoubtedly work tirelessly and attempt to frustrate them at every opportunity. Belgium saw a lot of the ball in Lyon, but clear chances were scarce in a match where the difference between the two sides was very evident. Marc Wilmot’s…

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Euro 2016 Group E – Can star-studded Belgium live up to their billing?

It has long been acknowledged that the highlight of the opening round of group fixtures is the meeting between Belgium and Italy; the team currently reaping the rewards of its golden generation against a nation that is one of the world’s most successful, but now suffering from a relative dearth of talent. It finally takes place on Monday evening, where both sides will be expected to deliver a statement of intent. Belgium are full of top quality individuals, many of whom grace the English Premier League. Second in the world…

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Euro U-21 Championships – Five-star Portugal favourites to claim the honours

A fascinating and unerringly free-flowing European U-21 Championships come to a conclusion on Tuesday evening, as Portugal face Sweden in a final which brings together two sides which stormed to surprisingly one-sided victories in the last four. They only met as recently as Wednesday, when a late equaliser for the Scandinavian team saw them progress from the group stage at the expense of Italy. It was a result that suggests they are very evenly matched, and strong defensive records over the course of the tournament thus far would support that assumption.…

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