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Belgium manager - Roberto Martinez
Can Roberto Martinez lead Belgium to World Cup glory?
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The World Cup quarter-finals start today and Paul Robinson is expecting a Belgium win over Brazil. Here are his selections:

- Back Under 2.5 Goals in Uruguay v France @ 1/2
- Back Belgium @ 11/4
- Back Shamrock Rovers +1 Goal @ 1/1

The Acca pays approximately 10/1

Cavani's absence points to a low-scoring affair

Bet 1: Back Under 2.5 Goals in Uruguay v France @ 1/2 - KO 15:00 BST

The big news ahead of this fixture is that Edinson Cavani is out injured and that has completely changed my opinion on this match. I would have been tipping the South Americans if he was fit, but now I'm playing it safe with an under 2.5 goals selection.

The PSG striker was superb against Portugal, as not only did he score two great goals, he worked tirelessly alongside Luis Suarez. The Barcelona forward will have to do most of it himself today, but at least he knows that his defence will keep him in the game - led by the inspirational Diego Godin.

France came alive against Argentina in the last 16 but for me, they didn't beat much and their vulnerabilities were exposed. Didier Deschamps is quite a cautious manager and I think he will know that his side will be in for a battle this afternoon.

There are still plenty of quality attacking players on show despite Cavani's expected absence, but I can't see there being three goals or more inside the 90 minutes.

Check out Simon Mail's preview of this match here.


Neymar's World Cup to come to an end

Bet 2: Back Belgium @ 11/4 - KO 19:00 BST

The tie of the round is arguably Brazil versus Belgium, with the winners likely to head the betting to win the tournament.

The Brazilians are the favourites but I am still to be convinced by them as they have played in fits and starts in Russia. Tite's men haven't put together a solid 90 minutes of football yet and the 2-0 scoreline against Mexico certainly flattered them.

This evening they face their sternest test to date by far. Belgium may have needed three second-half goals to pull off a comeback victory against Japan in the last 16, but I think that will only fuel their belief that they can make it all the way to the final.

Roberto Martinez's side have quality in all areas of the pitch and the Brazilian defence will have their hands full with Lukaku, Hazard and Mertens.

Jack Lang has covered this game in full.


Shamrock Rovers to pop a few corks over in Ireland

Bet 3: Back Shamrock Rovers +1 Goal @ 1/1 - KO 19:45 BST

We conclude at a significantly lower level but there is still value to be had and it comes from the Irish Premier Division.

Shamrock Rovers sit fourth in the table having taken 36 points from their 24 matches to date, and they come into the game on the back of three straight victories in the league.

They beat Bray, Limerick and Derry - all to nil - and away from home it's just one defeat in four.

Tonight they travel to Cork City who are up in second place and challenging for the title with Dundalk. They trail the leaders by just two points, but they suffered a blow last time out as they were beaten by them 2-1.

It will be interesting to see how they bounce back here, and while they have a 100% record at home this term, even money for the visitors to avoid defeat is a price I can't leave alone.

2018/19 P/L (1pt each bet)

Wagered: 20pts
Returned: 0pts
P/L: -20pts

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