Gareth Southgate’s Side Hoping for Favourable Round of 16 Draw
England secured their place in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a thumping victory against Panama. Harry Kane netted a hat-trick for the Three Lions as they took an unassailable first-half lead against the CONCACAF outfit and they will enter their final Group G fixture with very little pressure or expectation.
Depending on their finishing position, Gareth Southgate’s side will face either Japan, Senegal or Colombia for a place in the quarter-finals. Group H looks wide open, with all three of those sides still able to qualify for the next round. Poland have already been eliminated from the competition after failing to win either of their opening two matches.
Colombia lost their opening game to Japan but bounced back with a 3-0 success against Poland and they could be potentially dangerous opponents for England. Senegal are an unpredictable side who play with plenty of energy and enthusiasm and are likely to trouble the England defence. Japan would seemingly be the preferred opponents in the round of 16 with the Blue Samurai generally perceived as the weakest team in Group H.
England would play their next match on either July 2nd or 3rd, depending on their finishing position. They have been priced up at a short-price of 2/5 with Paddy Power to qualify for the quarter-finals whilst Bet365 make them 13/8 to progress to the final four
Meanwhile, Harry Kane who has netted five times in Russia is priced at 7/4 with William Hill to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer.
Keisuke Honda Continues to Roll Back the Years for Japan
Keisuke Honda netted Japan’s equaliser against Senegal, which helped secure his side a vital point in their quest to qualify from Group H. The 32-year old has now netted at three consecutive World Cups after netting against the Ivory Coast and Denmark during previous tournaments.
He also became the highest-scoring Asian player in World Cup history and is also the only player to register a goal and an assist in each of the last three tournaments.
He is likely to have a big say in Japan’s progress at the tournament and they are 13/10 favourites with Betfair to finish top of Group H.