Backing Faves in Cup Matches Saturday is Obvious Choice

Martin Green

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 4:25 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018 4:25 PM UTC

Belgium, Mexico and Germany could make a nice treble for your World Cup picks on Saturday as all three are expected to secure victory in their clashes.

World Cup: Saturday's Best BetsBelgium v Tunisia (8 a.m. ET)

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Belgium should be full of confidence after beating Panama 3-0 in their World Cup opener, and they are expected to secure another comfortable victory here. Tunisia lost 2-1 to England, but the scoreline should have been a lot heavier, as the Three Lions were extremely wasteful in front of goal. Tunisia looked poor on the ball and the English carved out plenty of chances against them. Belgium have some supremely creative players, including Kevin De Bruyne of Man City and Eden Hazard of Chelsea, and they should cause Tunisia plenty of problems in this game.

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Yet another early entry in the Goal of the Tournament race, courtesy of Dries Mertens and #BEL 😱 (via @FoxSoccer)

— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) June 18, 2018

Dries Mertens banged in a fine volley against Panama, and Romelu Lukaku grabbed a brace, and both forwards will relish the chance to take on a leaky Tunisia defense. They should have little trouble in scoring a few goals in this game. Belgium are priced at -350 to win the game with most sportsbooks, which looks like a good addition to an accumulator. If you want more value in this game, Belgium -1.5 Asian handicap is -102 with Bet365 and that looks like an attractive option.

South Korea v Mexico (11 a.m. ET)

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Mexico pulled off the surprise of the tournament so far by beating defending champion Germany in their first game. The Germans are on top of the FIFA world rankings and were expected to steamroller El Tri, but Juan Carlos Osorio’s team produced a fearless performance and they were rewarded with a 1-0 win. They now have a great opportunity to go on and top the group. That could be vital, as it might allow them to avoid Brazil in the last 16, providing a better opportunity to end a run that has seen them eliminated at the round of 16 for the last six World Cups.

They are the clear favorites to beat a South Korea side that slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Sweden in the first round. The Koreans have a few good players, notably Son Heung-Min of Tottenham, but Mexico has far more quality in every department. They were extremely strong in midfield and resolute at the back against Germany, and they were good value for their win. If they play with a similar level of intensity on Saturday, they should secure a comfortable victory. Bet365 is offering -150 on a Mexico win and that looks like a great price. You might also like to try Javier Hernandez to score at any time at +150 with Bet365, as Mexico’s record goal scorer was superb against Germany.

Germany v Sweden (2 p.m. ET)

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Germany needs to pick themselves up after that shocking defeat to Mexico, as they do not want to suffer the ignominy of a group-stage elimination. That would be the meekest World Cup defense imaginable, and they will be desperate to ensure it does not happen. The Germans were surprisingly lethargic against Mexico, and they perhaps did not show their opponents enough respect. But this is a mentally strong group of players and they should bounce back.

Sweden is a tough team to break down, and they are strong defensively, but they are unlikely to cause Germany too many problems. On paper, Germany is vastly superior, blessed with world-class talent in virtually every position, and they should secure a low-scoring win Saturday. If odds of -250 do not float your boat, you can get +105 at various sportsbooks on Germany to win and "under" 3.5 goals in the game. Sweden is a very defensive-minded team, so this is unlikely to be a thriller, and it could require Joachim Low’s men to grind out a hard-earned victory.

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