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It's the final round of fixtures in Group A and Group B today and Paul Robinson has put together a 15/2 treble that culminates in a Portugal win. Here are his selections:

- Back Uruguay @ 9/5
- Back Over 2.5 Goals in Spain v Morocco @ 20/23
- Back Portugal @ 4/6

The Acca pays approximately 15/2

South Americans to make it three from three

Bet 1: Back Uruguay @ 9/5 - KO 15:00 BST

Both Uruguay and Russia have already qualified for the next round thanks to two wins apiece, and while it's the latter who have been the more impressive to date, I like the look of the South Americans today - especially at odds of 9/5.

A couple of uninspired 1-0 victories have kept Uruguay off many people's radars, but to me, that's kind of what they do. It really wouldn't surprise me if the Atletico Madrid style of play resulted in another narrow win this afternoon, and they certainly won't be playing for the draw as that would probably mean a last 16 tie against Spain.

I'm still not convinced by Russia as while they scored eight goals over the course of matches against Saudi Arabia and Egypt, neither one of those opponents looked up to scratch. They have done better than what I though they would do, but the jury is still out and I think they will come unstuck today.

Simon Mail has covered this match in full here.


Goals to flow as Spain aim to top the group

Bet 2: Back Over 2.5 Goals in Spain v Morocco @ 20/23 - KO 19:00 BST

Group B is beautifully poised as two of Spain, Portugal and Iran will qualify for the knockout phase. I have no doubt that the Spanish will go through, and I can see them racking up a few goals this evening to ensure their passage as group winners.

Diego Costa has already netted three times this tournament and he will be relishing the opportunity to face a Morocco defence that takes plenty of chances. David Silva and Isco will again be pulling the strings in behind him and even though the Moroccans have only conceded twice in two games, it really could have been a whole lot more.

Check out Jamie Pacheco's view on this game.


On fire Ronaldo to inspire Portugal again

Bet 3: Back Portugal @ 4/6 - KO 19:00 BST

The other Group B match is arguably the fixture of the day as Iran have done better than most expected, and they could give the Portuguese a run for their money.

Overall though I am firmly in the Portugal camp, as the European champions have Ronaldo, and he really looks in the mood this tournament.

A hat-trick against Spain set the tone and he followed that up with the winner against Morocco last time. The Iranian defence will sit deep and be very compact, but that won't phase the Real Madrid man as he's evolved into more of a poacher these days anyway.

A draw is no good for Iran - unless Spain have a shocker - so they will have to be slightly more adventurous than usual, and I don't believe that they have much in for the forward areas to trouble Portugal's backline.

Jamie Pacheco's full match preview can be found here.

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

Wagered: 11pts
Returned: 0pts
P/L: -11pts

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