Group D sees the only action today with Phil Neville’s England facing Japan for top spot. If England avoid defeat they’ll almost certainly play China in the knockout stages. If Japan win they’ll face China and England will meet Holland. Argentina take on Scotland in the other group match and should either team win and win well they have a shot at qualifying too, depending on results in Groups E and F.
Holland are probably better than China and best avoided and based on results England are better than Japan right now so England ought to top the group. Argentina are a big price to beat Scotland but while they are well drilled they lack a serious goal threat so can’t be backed for the win. That game at least will require both teams to go for it in the hope of qualifying and therefore might offer more entertainment value if not a betting opportunity.
Tuesday saw the climax of Group C with Italy, Brazil and Australia all ending up on 6 points. We were just a couple of goals away from Australia topping the group at 8/1 so they took 2nd with Italy top and Brazil third and all three qualifying for the next stage.
Published on: Jun 19, 2019 @ 05:00