The final matches of the second round of group games

Saturday 23rd June
1pm Belgium v Tunisia

Belgium ran out comfortable winners against one of the weakest looking sides in the competition Panama in their first match whilst Tunisia scrapped against England whilst never appearing to have much goal threat and lost to a late goal.
Belgium are 1/3 here, the draw 5/1 and Tunisia 11/1 and Belgium should have too much

4pm Germany v Sweden

In one of the surprise results of the tournament so far Germany were beaten 1-0 by a fast counter-attacking Mexico side that exploited Germany’s lack of pace. With Sweden beating South Korea, the pressure is really on Germany but it is unlikely that a functional Swedish side, all organisation and little flair will expose the Germans like Mexico did

Germany are 1-2 here and I expect them to win
7pm South Korea v Mexico

Mexico are now in pole position in this group and should beat South Korea even though the pattern of the game won’t give them the space to counter-attack that Germany did. South Korea looked very disappointing against Sweden, apart from Tottenham’s Son they didn’t appear to have much to offer.
Mexico at 5/6 are a clear bet

Sunday 24th June
1pm England v Panama

England should have little concerns against a weak Panama side that has now only scored 3 goals in 11 games and rarely threatened Belgium. Of course England are priced to win at 1-4, England to win to nil at 8/11 is the bet
4pm Japan v Senegal

Helped by playing against Colombia’s ten men Japan had an underdog victory to start their competition but will face a different task against a Senegalese side who looked the most impressive of the African nations in beating Poland with a rock like defensive performance by Koulibaly of Napoli at the heart of the win

Japan will be happy with a draw and 4 points to take into their final match but Senegal at 11/10 has to be the bet

7pm Poland v Colombia

With both sides losing their first game this has taken on a crucial significance. Whilst we can forgive Colombia losing with ten men Poland were very humdrum against Senegal, offering little to Lewandoski and Milik
I will take Colombia to bounce back at 7/5