It's down to the wire in Group F with round 3 set to determine which teams advance and which teams go home. Join us as we preview the ultimate round of group betting and serve up soccer picks.
England -168 vs. Colombia +550; Draw +280
England enter their final group F match as the firm favorites at -168 to win outright, but they've a lot prove at the expense of an undefeated Colombia in the competition. Indeed, so much so that one wonders whether they are the justifiable favorites in this game.
England opened their bid with a 1-0 loss to France before bouncing back with a 2-1 win over the section's minnows Mexico. Consider it was a must-win game if they were to stand a chance of reaching the knock outs, it was a commendable win. However, it was a hard fought win by the Three Lions and one assumes it's only going to get tougher with a confident Colombia looking to clinch top spot in Group F against the pre-tournament soccer odds.
As it is, England are tied with France for second place and need a win in this game to have a shot at advancing. It remains to be seen if they can rise to the occasion for a second game in a row.
Colombia are enjoying a solid run of form in Group F play. While they began with a 1-1 draw with Mexico, they served up one of the biggest surprise when they beat France 2-0, a soccer pick we boldly recommended by the way.
Coming off such an upset as well, we're not certain the Colombians deserve to be such overwhelming underdogs at +550 to win outright on the World Cup odds board.
In fact, we'd go so far as to say they could be the value soccer pick once again. After all, they are atop Group F and a win would see them clinch top spot. That's incentive, if ever there was one.
Soccer Picks: Colombia +550 Colombia win or draw at +160
Mexico +1400 vs. France -500 ; Draw +500
Mexico prop up Group F with a point, which they gained after a hard-fought draw with Colombia on match day 1. In their ensuing game with England they were overwhelmed by the Three Lions and lost 2-0.
A lot would have to go Mexico's way if they are to advance into the knockouts, most of which is out of their hands. To begin with though they'd need to win this game at the expense of a highly fancied France, trading at -500 to win outright.
France were stunned in round 2 by a resilient Colombia, playing above their heads. They did the hard work by beating their so-called biggest threat in the group England in round 1, only to succumb to the South Americans against all the soccer odds.
Now, France are level on points with England but behind in the table on goal differential. This is a game they need to win if they are to underscore their favourable pre-tournament soccer odds in World Cup betting futures.
Soccer Picks: France -500; Over 2.5 -138