The Daily Acca: Cavani to fill his boots against the Saudis
There are three teams playing today that all have an above average chance of lifting the World Cup and Paul Robinson has put together a 9/1 treble across their games. Here are his selections:
The Acca pays approximately 9/1
Ronaldo to enjoy himself against a weak Moroccan defence
Bet 1: Back Over 2.5 Goals in Portugal v Morocco @ 11/10 - KO 13:00 BST
Cristiano Ronaldo took the headlines last Friday, which is kind of unsurprising in hindsight. He completed a first ever World Cup hat trick with a late free kick that earned the European Champions a draw against Spain.
A point is a good return for Fernando Santos' side and they now have matches against Morocco and Iran to book their place in the last 16. The main concern would be their defending as it left a little to be desired at times, and that's one of the reasons why I think we will see a few goals this afternoon.
The Moroccans went down 1-0 to Iran as after starting brightly, they faded and then scored an own goal in injury time to gift the Iranians the three points.
What I did take from that match was that the Africans play a very open style and have no hesitation in throwing men forward. Obviously the Portuguese are in a much better position to take advantage of that, but it will also mean that they need to be on their toes at the back.
Check out Jamie Pachecho's preview of this match here.
Cavani to net in improved Uruguay performance
Bet 2: Back Edinson Cavani to score @ 8/13 - KO 16:00 BST
I was really looking forward to watching Uruguay in their opener against Egypt, but they were very laboured in a 1-0 win, that was only earned through an 89th minute header from a set piece.
That result is made to look even worse following Russia's 3-1 triumph over the Egyptians last night, but I'm willing to give Óscar Tabárez's one more chance - with Edinson Cavani the man to grab the headlines.
The PSG striker was easily their best attacking player in their opener and not only did he hit the woodwork, he also made the keeper make a couple of decent saves.
That's not a bad performance considering the lack of quality service he had to endure, and I fancy him to add to the 10 goals he scored in qualifying and the 28 he netted in Ligue One last season.
Simon Mail has written a full match preview of Uruguay v Saudi Arabia here.
Spain to blitz Iran in Kazan
Bet 3: Back Spain -2 Goals @ 2/1 - KO 19:00 BST
The Spanish didn't even win their opening group match but I still have them down as the most impressive performer that I've seen thus far. They should really have beaten Portugal as they put three goals past the European Champions, but a penalty, a goalkeeper howler and a world class free-kick meant that they had to settle for a point.
I have absolutely no doubt that Fernando Hierro's men will put Iran to the sword this evening, as the Iranians were cut open multiple times by Morocco last Friday afternoon, so with the likes of Isco and David Silva pulling the strings here, I can only see one result.
Odds of 2/1 for Spain to win by more than two goals is a steal for me, as from what I've seen at this World Cup so far, there is a huge gulf in class between the two teams - much more so than their respective results leading into the tournament suggests.
Jamie Pachecho has covered this game in detail here.
2018/19 P/L (1pt each bet)
The Acca pays approximately 9/1
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