The Daily Acca: Belgium to make the World Cup Final

France manager - Didier Deschamps
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The World Cup kicks back into gear today and Paul Robinson thinks that Belgium can dispatch France inside of 90 minutes. Here are his selections:

- Back Belgium @ 11/5
- Back BTTS in Skendija v The New Saints @ 11/10
- Back BTTS in Cork v Legia Warsaw @ 6/5

The Acca pays approximately 14/1

Time to say Au revoir to Les Bleus

Bet 1: Back Belgium @ 11/5 - KO 19:00 BST

The first of the two semi-finals takes place this evening and I am surprised that Belgium haven't been priced up as the favourites.

Roberto Martinez produced a tactical masterclass in the quarters against Brazil as he brought Fellaini and Chadli into the side and pushed Kevin De Bruyne further up the field. His plan worked perfectly, with the Man City man scoring a wonderful winner and Fellaini especially bossing the midfield.

I was much more impressed by them than I was by France in their 2-0 win over Uruguay. Considering that Edinson Cavani was missing, I would have expected potential World Cup winners to have won more easily. A goalkeeping howler doubled the margin of victory and I have been left unimpressed by Didier Deschamps' men.

Thomas Meunier will be a miss for Belgium as he does some great work up and down the right flank, but I trust Martinez to shuffle his pack accordingly, and there hasn't been a better front three than Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne at this tournament.

Check out Dave Tindall's preview of this game here.


TNS to ruffle some Macedonian feathers

Bet 2: Back BTTS in Skendija v The New Saints @ 11/10 - KO 19:15 BST

It's Champions League action now as the first qualifying round is underway and I believe that Welsh club, The New Saints, can at least score on their trip to Macedonia.

This is the first leg of the tie and the good news for fans of TNS is that they have progressed from this round for the last three years. Last year they edged out Europa - winning in extra time - and they found the net in both matches.

FK Skendija are also in their pre-season so they haven't had any competitive football to play recently and this is their first foray into the Champions League since 2011 - when they lost 5-0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round.

This game should be a bit closer than the odds suggest, and with the visitors knowing the importance of an away goal, this selection could be a steal at 11/10.


Goals at both ends in Ireland

Bet 3: Back BTTS in Cork v Legia Warsaw @ 6/5 - KO 19:45 BST

Cork City are 25 games into their domestic campaign so they should definitely have the match fitness edge over their superior opponents in this Champions League fixture.

John Caulfield's men lie second in the Irish top flight and they are 13 points clear of the team in third. Their 100% home record came to an end on Friday, but they still got a draw, and have been quite formidable at home for a while now.

The concern is that they don't have much Champions League experience - it's their first time in the competitions since 2006 - but they have been playing some Europa League games, so it won't be too alien to them.

The visitors won the Polish league last season and they made it through to the third qualifying round of the Champions League last year too - reaching the group stage the year before. I certainly fancy them to grab a goal or two this evening, but I can't see them keeping a clean sheet.

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

Wagered: 23pts
Returned: 11.25pts
P/L: -11.75pts

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