The Daily Acca: Three Lions to roar their way past Sweden

England full back - Kieran Trippier
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Paul Robinson landed a 10/1 Daily Acca yesterday thanks to the two World Cup games and an Irish Premier Division fixture, and he's aiming to follow up today with a 6/1 chance. Here are his selections:

- Back England @ 19/20
- Back Croatia @ 6/5
- Back Montreal Impact @ 8/13

The Acca pays approximately 6/1

Gareth Southgate to lead England into the last four

Bet 1: Back England @ 19/20 - KO 15:00 BST

Samara is the scene of what will hopefully be an English triumph this afternoon, and I'm actually quite surprised that England are as big as 19/20 in the betting.

Sweden edged their way past Switzerland in the last 16, but the match was devoid in quality, with the game highlighting both teams' weakness in front of goal.

The Swedes are a big, physical side, but they lack a bit of pace in certain areas and Gareth Southgate's men should be able to expose that.

I might be in the minority, but I thought that Raheem Sterling played well against Colombia and he should get a bit more joy today as his confidence continues to grow. If he, Lingard and whoever replaces the likely injured, Dele Alli, are on their game, the Swedish defence won't know what has hit them.

Harry Kane continues to grow and grow as the main striker and captain, and if he was playing in a yellow shirt you could make a case for the opposition, but he isn't, and I can see England winning by a couple of goals here.

Kevin Hatchard has previewed this match in full...Check it out!

Russia's tournament to come to an end

Bet 2: Back Croatia @ 6/5 - KO 19:00 BST

The best bet of the day comes from Sochi as there is no way that Croatia should be odds-against to beat Russia.

I appreciate that the Russians are the hosts and that they have just beaten Spain, but they are a poor team and I can't see the Croatians making the same mistakes that the Spanish did.

Zlatko Dalić will be more adventurous than Fernando Hierro was and with Rakitic and Modric pulling the strings in midfield, Russian legs could get weary after putting so much into their 120 minutes in the last 16.

I admit that Croatia didn't pull up any trees against Denmark, but I think that they will improve from that performance, and let's not forget that they took nine points from a possible nine in the group.

For another view on this game then read Mark O'Haire's preview.

Montreal to make an impact against Colorado

Bet 3: Back Montreal Impact @ 8/13 - KO 00:30 (Sun) BST

Once all the excitement of the World Cup is over for the day, the MLS springs into action and I have to think that Montreal Impact will prove too strong for the Colorado Rapids.

The hosts are in a rich vein of form having won four of their last five outings - and it was a good job they did as they had lost eight of their previous nine.

Remi Garde is the man in charge at the Saputo Stadium and his team are now up to seventh in the Eastern Conference. All three of their last three matches on this ground ended in victories to nil and they appear to have turned their season around.

The visitors were beaten last time out - 2-1 at home by the Seattle Sounders. Prior to that they had taken seven points from a possible nine, but they too have had a long losing streak this term - being beaten eight times on the bounce before their 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire on June 14. It's also worth noting that their record on their travels is terrible and has been for a while now.

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

Wagered: 21pts
Returned: 11.25pts
P/L: -9.75pts

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