Matt's World Cup Second Round Acca
As an England man, I’m gutted our boys headed home from Brazil this week. As a Southampton man, I’m even more gutted that Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana have taken detours towards Old Trafford and Anfield after getting off the plane. Hopefully, we’ll invest the substantial funds well.
A nail (and shoulder) biting end to the World Cup group stages saw underdogs like Costa Rica, Greece and Algeria go through, Portugal crash out and Luis Suarez get banned for four months.
It’s been a baffling, brilliant and completely unpredictable tournament and I’m sure there’ll be a few more surprises yet, especially as we enter the knockout rounds.
Brazil and Chile kick off the second round, and I have to say that the hosts have yet to convince me at all. I think they could get found out against a Chile side who showed exactly what they can do against Spain, and Betfair’s 11/2 odds on a Chilean victory look big.
If you’re feeling less confidence, a double chance on a Chile/draw at 6/4 with Unibet should be worth a punt.
Next up, one of the competition’s most impressive South American sides, Colombia, take on another lucky to still be here, Uruguay. With Suarez no longer an option, if the Uruguayans’ bark is worse than their bite, they haven’t got a hope. Colombia look certain to go through and the 21/20 with Coral is a fair price.
Now we all knew Netherlands were good, but we didn’t know they would be that good. The Dutch smashed Group B and I can see them doing the same to Mexico, so back them at 23/20 with BetVictor.
That said, the Mexicans have played some exciting stuff, and I reckon this could throw up a few belters. Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 with SportingBet looks the call.
Greece and Costa Rica will round off Sunday’s action. If you’d told me that either of these two sides would still be in the tournament at this stage two weeks ago, I’d have given you a 100/1! Both have been superb at the back, but Costa Rica are the pick for me. Given the mean defences of both, back a Costa Rica win with under 2.5 goals at 3/1 with Betway.
There’s no way Nigeria are getting past France on Monday. Even though they relaxed against Ecuador, the French were rampant in their other two games, and I’d even go so far as to back them with a -2 handicap at 27/10 with Bet365.
I’m so glad Algeria squeezed past Russia as Fabio Capello’s defensive tactics were as dull as can be. The African’s second round opponents, Germany, are a side that can really dismantle a team on their day. I fancy them to win both halves at 37/20 with Ladbrokes.
Argentina haven’t looked great beyond that one magic spark, Lionel Messi, but he can shine brighter than any team’s shortcomings. There were doubts the Barcelona man could produce at the World Cup and he’s silenced them all now. Snap him up as 16/5 first goalscorer with 888sport.
MATT’S WEEKEND ACCUMULATOR
COLOMBIA TO BEAT URUGUAY
NETHERLANDS V CHILE OVER 2.5 GOALS
COSTA RICA V GREECE UNDER 2.5 GOALS
GERMANY TO WIN BOTH HALVES V GERMANY