The Daily Acca: Japan to be brushed aside by Belgium

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Everything is pointing towards a Belgium victory against Japan
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There was penalty drama in Russia yesterday but Paul Robinson isn't expecting Belgium to be troubled in their last 16 tie against Japan. Here are his Daily Acca selections:

- Back BTTS in Brazil v Mexico @ 11/10
- Back Belgium -1 Goal @ 11/10
- Back BTTS in Hafnarfjordur v Stjarnan @ 1/2

The Acca pays approximately 4/1

Mexico to get on the scoresheet against Brazil

Bet 1: Back BTTS in Brazil v Mexico @ 11/10 - KO 15:00 BST

Brazil haven't really got out of second gear in this tournament to date as after playing well for the opening half an hour or so against Switzerland, they then switched off and ended up drawing 1-1.

In their second group match they needed two very late goals to beat Costa Rica 2-0 following an uninspired performance, and they finished off with another 2-0 win - this time against Serbia.

Philippe Coutinho has been the star man for Tite's team as while Neymar has been busy throwing himself to the ground and rolling around, the Barcelona midfielder has been setting up and scoring goals.

Mexico produced the first shock of the tournament when they beat Germany in their opener, and they followed that up with a comfortable 2-1 victory over South Korea.

A 3-0 defeat to Sweden in their final match left them in jeopardy of not actually qualifying at one point, but I think that they had taken their foot off the gas and I expect a better performance today.

The Mexicans excelled on the break against the Germans and we could see a similar pattern here. I'm not suggesting that they will win the game, but they should get a few chances and hopefully they will take at least one.

Jack Lang has covered this match in full here.


Martinez's men to ease past Japan

Bet 2: Back Belgium -1 Goal @ 11/10 - KO 19:00 BST

The most one-sided tie of the last 16 will likely be Belgium versus Japan. The Belgians looked very good at times in the group phase as they took the maximum nine points, and even played a second string XI to beat England on their latest outing - albeit that England also played a weakened side.

Romelu Lukaku looked in exceptionally good form in the two games he played and Eden Hazard could be a man looking to put himself firmly in the show window for a summer move away from Chelsea.

Japan scraped through their group by the virtue of having had fewer yellow cards than Senegal. They were also fortunate in their first match of the tournament as Colombia went down to 10 men after three minutes - which has been their only win to date.

This should be a relatively straightforward victory for Roberto Martinez's men and if they play anywhere near their best, a two goal or more winning margin should be achieved.

Check out Dave Tindall's view on this game.


Get on the goal train to Iceland

Bet 3: Back BTTS in Hafnarfjordur v Stjarnan @ 1/2 - KO 21:00 BST

Once the World Cup games are done for the day, we turn our attentions to the Icelandic top flight for a match that will hopefully have goals at both ends.

The hosts are fifth in the table having taken 16 points from their opening 10 matches. The visitors have done even better as they sit in second with 19 points, and they come into the game on the back of four straight league victories.

It's the goal stats that concern us tonight however and both teams to score backers would have collected in four of Hafnarfjordur's five at home this term, while the same can be said for two of Stjarnan's only three away matches this season.

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

Wagered: 17pts
Returned: 0pts
P/L: -17pts

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