We take a look at the World Cup 2018 Quarter Final match between Russia and Croatia on Saturday night (08/07/2018). We take a look at both teams odds and give our tips and value tips for the World Cup 2018 Quarter Final match.
When: 00:00 | Sunday 08/07/2018
Watch: SBS HD
London is rocking and the Three Lions are knocking on the door of a semi-final appearance and…do we dare say it?…a spot in the World Cup final! England won just their second penalty shootout at a major tournament (also defeating Spain at Euro ‘96) and progress to the quarter final ready to ‘bring the World Cup home’.
INJURY WATCH: Punters might be wondering why Jamie Vardy didn’t take a penalty against Colombia with the Leicester City striker scoring six last season (five in the EPL and one in the EFL). Vardy injured his groin and is in doubt for this match. With a huge reliance on Harry Kane upfront, England desperately need other strikers to step up and offer another scoring option.
Sweden are a very difficult opponent, stronger than Colombia in defence and with a tight knit, motivated squad that threaten to spoil the party. We have spoken about Andreas Granqvist before but the Krasnodar defender was superb against Switzerland and deserving of all the praise he is getting. He will have a key role to play in curbing the influence of Harry Kane.
STAT: Emils Forsberg is the key for Sweden in attack. He hasn’t been getting much support from Michael Berg or Ola Toivonen (although he had an assist in their last match). The RB Leipzig forwards 14 shots are the most by a player at this World Cup before scoring a goal.
FINAL SAY: Sweden aren’t a team that needs to control possession to win. In their round of 16 match with Switzerland they only had 33% of possession and 190 accurate passes (to 485 for the Swiss) and yet capitalised on their few chances to win 1-0. We think they will cause an upset.
BEST BETS: Sweden ($4.75), Total goals over 1.5 ($1.50)
Tip: England at $1.90
Value BET: England 2-0 at $8.50
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change